If you decide to attend the Virginia Military Institute you should know right away that your time is very limited, especially your first year. During your first year you don’t really get the option to join many clubs since they keep you pretty busy with other activities. However, once you complete the first six months of your first year you can join just about any club you want! There are a variety of different types of clubs, so you can choose anything that suits your fancy. The clubs range from academic, to theater, to sports clubs and there really aren’t any bad ones that are looked down upon, because if there were the school wouldn’t allow us to have them.
So to start off with the more academic side of things these are your options.
American Chemical Society
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Economics and Business Association
Cadet Investment Group
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
Society of Physics Students
Tau Beta Pi
These options give you a range of different groups that you might like to join, especially if there is one that is also your major.
Next are the club sports. If you don’t want to participate in sports as an NCAA athlete, then these are a great alternative.
Basketball (Men’s & Women’s)
Rugby (Men’s & Women’s)
Trap & Skeet
Water Polo (Men’s)
Next are the publications clubs that you can be a part of. If you like to write and/or take pictures then you can either join The Cadet Newspaper or The Bomb, which is our yearbook. Both are cadet run publications and are looking for writers and photographers all the time.
Next are the special interest groups. These range from a variety of different interest and thus why they are called special interest.
Civil War Roundtable
Knitting and Crocheting
The military clubs are next and as you might have guessed revolve around the military, so if you are really motivated and Hooah about the military then you might want to consider joining one of these clubs.
Armed Forces Aviation
Arnold Air Society
Association of the U.S. Army
Marshall-New Market Battalion
Semper Fi Society
Special Actions Detachment
The religious clubs are next. So if there is a specific denomination that you follow then there just might be a club for it as well that meets on a weekly basis! Check the list below.
Baptist Student Union
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Lutheran Student Union
Officers Christian Fellowship
Presbyterian Campus Ministry
United Methodist Christian Fellowship
If you are really interested in public service then you might consider joining or participating in the many service clubs that are available. These include the following:
Cadet Program Board
Cadet Recreation Committee
Emergency Response Team
Search and Rescue Squad
Engineers Without Borders
Last and certainly not least are the music and theater clubs. Here is the wide variety that we have available.
Commanders jazz ensemble
Men in Grey a cappella group
Pipes and Drums
Progressive Music Club
Timmins-Gentry Music Society
So overall, no matter what your interests are there are tons of choices for clubs and if we don’t have what you like then you can always start one yourself! However, I think you can find at least one that can occupy the rest of your time at the I.