Enroll as a commuter student today.
Students who live locally can choose to enroll as a commuter student. Take advantage of the flexibility that comes with living nearby and easily access your classes via our designated commuter parking.
Want to go to a college that not only opens academic doors for your next steps, but also builds strength and friendships that will never fail?
The Valley Forge Military Commuter Student Program offers students exceptional academics, interaction with dedicated faculty, interscholastic sports, extracurricular activities, and camaraderie without residing on campus. This is a great way to experience the academic structure and discipline in the classroom, and develop the leadership skills needed to be successful in life– all the benefits that make Valley Forge Military College distinctive.
To the fullest extent possible, the experiences of Commuter students mirror those of Valley Forge Military College’s boarding cadets – with a curriculum that focuses on developing the whole person and stresses Valley Forge’s Five Cornerstones: Academic Excellence, Character Development, Personal Motivation, Physical Development, and Leadership.
As social experiences are essential to the student experience, students are encouraged to participate in the same activities as their peers, including interscholastic and intramural sports, clubs, physical training, band, and choir.
In addition, commuting makes college more affordable for many families, but students need not worry about missing out on the total Valley Forge Military College experience.
Criteria to be a Commuter Student:
In order to be considered for the Commuter Student program, you must meet the following criteria:
- All commuter students are required to show proof of residency within 25 miles of Valley Forge Military College’s campus within that last six months.
- Student must prove that they have a means of transportation by supplying registration information for their car or intended bus/train routes.
- Commuters must have a 2.5 unweighted GPA and 1000 combined or 19 ACT in order to commute their first semester. Students who do not meet this requirement at time of admissions can apply to be a commuter student after successfully completing their first semester at VFMC with a 3.0 or better.
Services offered for Commuters:
Boodle: Commuter students can also access the cadet lounge located on the second floor of Bower Hall where they have TV’s, couches, tables, gaming, ping pong and pool tables, and their own space on campus to sit down and relax or do homework between classes.
Dining: Our Commuter meal plans offer commuter students an affordable alternative to off-campus dining between classes and extra-curricular activities. The Mess Hall is open to Commuters students Monday through Friday at the following times:
Breakfast 6:30-8:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:30-1:00 p.m.
Library: The May H. Baker Memorial Library serves as the focal point of a student’s academic life at Valley Forge Military College. We provide a quality Learning Resource Center to all students; helping to facilitate access to information, technology, and education.
Clubs/Activities: The Commuters are welcomed to get involved in a variety of clubs and activities offered at the school. Clubs ranging from Community Service, to Theatre, to Cybersecurity are offered to all commuters. Contact Student Services located in Sorley House for more information.
Athletics: VFMC competes in football, soccer, volleyball (women), cross-country (men and women), basketball (men and women), and baseball at the collegiate level. For more information please contact Rich Casey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Programs of Study
The college curriculum combines six core competencies with five academic programs and concentrations to provide a foundation of understanding, knowledge, and skills. The core competencies broaden each student’s perspective and connection to academic work and careers for the 21st century. These social, historical, and scientific contexts develop and prepare students to transfer to competitive four year programs at local, regional, national, and international institutions. For a complete listing of our Academic Programs, click here.
VFMC has transfer Articulation Agreements with many institutions. These agreements detail the terms of transfer for VFMC students completing associate degree programs. They define the way courses, programs or entire categories of programs transfer to another institution and may include admission guarantees. Counselors can provide students with more specific information on how these agreements relate to individual transfer plans.
Click here to view VFMC’s Articulation Agreements.
How to Get to Campus
Public Transit: Our campus is conveniently located near 476, 76, and 276. We are also a short walk from three SEPTA train stations.
We are a short distance from the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line, a major commuter train line that connects to points throughout the greater Philadelphia area. From Philadelphia (30th Street Station, Suburban Station, or Market East Station), take the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Train Line west towards Paoli (Paoli local) and get off at Radnor.
Both these lines stop at Radnor:
SEPTA’s Paoli/Thorndale train
SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed Line
Parking: All vehicles operated and parked on the College Hill property by commuters must be registered with Lee Hall. Parking permits will be issued free of charge.