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Frequent Questions

ATM Locations - There are two ATM machines located on Post.  One is in Lejeune Hall Food Court and the second one is located in Daniel's Courtyard.

Shuttle to Cameron information - The Shuttle departs from the corner of Parade Avenue and Letcher Avenue, in front of Moody Hall, and will drop off passengers at Cameron Hall (corner of Diamond and Main Street). 

When to change into gym uniform - Cadets should change into athletic uniform after lunch. They are required to be in their athletic uniform with a name tag for the 2:00 p.m. Superintendent’s Welcome in Cameron Hall. Cadets should keep one set of civilian clothes (appropriate for traveling) with them and store items with their luggage.

Restrooms - Restroom facilities are available in Cameron Hall, Lejeune Hall and Crozet Hall (Mess Hall).

Where to put luggage - Personal items should remain in the vehicle until the Matriculation in Cameron Hall and the Matriculation Fair processes are completed, and then cadets will be allowed to check into Barracks. 

Can parents/family/friends help carry luggage to the room?  Yes, family members and friends are allowed into Barracks to assist their cadet with Barracks Check-in.  All family members will be requested to wait so everyone can go up to the room at one time.

Parents Council - Information regarding the Parents Council can be found at

Where to eat lunch - Lunch will be provided for the new cadets from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Crozet Hall and new cadets can eat at Crozet Hall at no charge; family members can purchase lunch in Crozet or the PX, children 5 and under eat free in Crozet; payment will be accepted at the door.  The PX in Lejeune Hall is an alternative where family members and new cadets may purchase lunch.  It is important that new cadets eat during this time and to drink plenty of fluids with the meal.  There are numerous restaurants available in Lexington as well. It is not appropriate for new cadets to leave VMI while wearing their gym uniform. 

Network cable and other needs - Information Technology will have a table to answer questions as a part of the Matriculation Fair.

When can rats read/send an email?  New cadets have email access once classes begin.

When can parents visit their rat?  Parents are invited to attend the New Cadet Oath Ceremony at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park in New Market, Virginia, on Sunday, September 6. at 11 a.m.  After the new cadets return to Lexington, turn in their weapons, and attend an accountability formation - they can depart Post with the parents/guests for dinner. New cadets will need to return to Post NLT 10:00 p.m. Parents are also encouraged to visit upon completion of football games on Saturdays and during Parents Weekend Oct. 2-4. 

How do weekend permits work?  Permits are special requests submitted by cadets through the Deputy Commandant as directed by the VMI Blue Book (rules for cadets). Rats are not normally allowed to “take” weekends during the first semester.

When can rats leave campus on Parents Weekend?  Guidance is provided to the Rats from the Commandant’s Office. 

When can rats be picked-up/fly-out for Thanksgiving?  All cadets are allowed to leave CAD (close of academic duty) for furloughs. This means at the completion of their last academic class scheduled for that day.