What to Bring


Cadets will need an ID (driver's license, passport, etc.) and insurance information. 

Packing and Clothing

The 2020-21 New Cadet Handbook is now available.

The contents of the handbook, including events, visitation, and furloughs, are subject to change and/or cancellation due to evolving circumstances. A note will be added to this page if and when any adjustments are made.


2020-21 New Cadet Handbook | Parents' Informational Insert

New cadets will be issued athletic uniforms at matriculation.

Clothing recommendations are based on having to change clothes two or three times a day during the August heat. 


Do not cut your hair to VMI standards prior to matriculation; VMI will take care of your first cadet haircut. You may donate your hair if it is at least 8 inches long to Locks of Love or other similar charities. Inform the barber if you want to donate your hair.

Prohibited items that will be confiscated:

  • Weapons of any type
  • Knives of any type
  • Electrical equipment and appliances (including microwave ovens, hot pots, heating elements, etc.)
  • Plants and pets
  • Flammable materials including candles, fireworks, incense, etc.
  • TVs, or any other type of entertainment media
  • Alcohol, illegal drugs or associated paraphernalia

Prohibited until after Breakout:

  • Cell phones
  • Electric razors
  • Radios (to include alarm clock radios)
  • DVDs, CDs, computer games
  • iPods or similar devices and MP3 players
  • Computer speakers
  • Transition lenses in eyeglasses
  • Clothing with emblems/logos, to include socks, underwear, T-shirts, linens, and towels