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Vanderbilt ROTC cadets participate in a rigorous academic program that includes military science, leadership and ethics courses.  Over summer months, cadets have the opportunity to study abroad, participate in internships, or receive hands-on training at Army bases all over the world.

They are regularly counseled on their personal and career development. Cadets enjoy an unmatched level of trust and camaraderie with their fellow ROTC students- all while ROTC's commanding officers work to ensure that the experience is fully integrated with Vanderbilt's overall academic and social missions.

Photo: ROTC cadets rappel down Vanderbilt's Stevenson Center in a military skills lab.

A Day in the Life

A Vanderbilt student leads a busy life, juggling classes, homework, clubs and sports.  An ROTC student is no different.  Every day is different, but here is what a typical Thursday could look like for a cadet:

5:30 am: Wake Up for Physical Fitness on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
5:55 - 7:00 am: Physical Fitness ("PT")-- Meet at Centennial Park for push-ups, exercises, and a 3 mile jog around Nashville
8:00 am: After heading back to the dorms to get ready for the day (wearing uniforms on Thursdays), grab breakfast at the Commons Center with fellow cadets
9:00 am -12:00 pm: Chemistry, Intro to Anthropology, and History of Country Music classes back-to-back 
1:00 pm: Grab lunch with friends at Rand before knocking out some homework at Baseball Glove Lounge
2:30 pm: Meet at Library Lawn for lab. This week is learning to tie Swiss seats and rappelling from Stevenson Biology tower. 
5:00 pm: Intermural ultimate frisbee practice at the Rec fields before dinner with the team at a restaurant on the Vandy Card.
8:00 pm: Group meeting at the library for a class project
11:00 pm: After a little studying for Chemistry, get some sleep! No PT tomorrow, but a meeting before class with a meeting for the pre-med society