Virginia Tech and the U.S. Marine Corps have signed a memorandum of understanding that will facilitate undergraduate admission of selected honorably discharged Marines to the university.

At a May 2 signing ceremony, Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger and Maj. Gen. Carl Jensen, commanding general for Marine Corps Installations East formalized the agreement that could bring up to five former Marines to Virginia Tech a year.

To be eligible, applicants must be a Virginia resident, a high school graduate, and must obtain a score of 70 or higher on their Armed Forces Qualification Test, and a 115 score or higher on the General Classification Test. In addition, it is recommended have a minimum combined score (Math/Critical Thinking) of 1100 on the SAT or a score of 25 or higher on the ACT. Finally, applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) on all college level courses taken.

Jensen’s visit to Virginia Tech was part of a campaign in support of the Leadership Scholar Program, a broader military initiative to help veteran Marines and sailors gain access to a college education.

In addition to Virginia Tech, similar memorandums of understanding were signed with James Madison University and Longwood University.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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