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Air Force ROTC Colleges in New Jersey

Oct 17, 2017

Students interested in participating in Air Force ROTC in New Jersey have several schools to choose from. Find out about a handful of the available schools that offer participation in two unique Air Force ROTC programs.

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New Jersey is home to several institutions that offer participation in Air Force ROTC (AFROTC). These public and private institutions vary in location, tuition rates and other factors discussed below. Compare some of the available schools and learn about their programs here.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)* Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits
New Jersey Institute of Technology 4-year, public Newark, NJ $16,430 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Rutgers University 4-year, public New Brunswick, NJ $14,372 AFROTC scholarships
Fairleigh Dickinson University 4-year, private not-for-profit Teaneck, NJ $37,988 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Princeton University 4-year, private not-for-profit Princeton, NJ $45,320 AFROTC scholarships
Ramapo College of New Jersey 4-year, public Mahwah, NJ $13,870 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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Overview of New Jersey Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs

Although there are only two unique AFROTC programs in New Jersey, there are several other schools that offer participation in them. Compare and contrast the two available programs and learn about some of the additional schools that utilize them.

New Jersey Institute of Technology

The New Jersey Institute of Technology is home to AFROTC Detachment 490, also known as the Newark Nighthawks. The program serves students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and students from several additional schools in the area. Cadets in the program participate in AFROTC coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab to prepare for a career in the U.S. Air Force. Students must also complete a summer Field Training before their third year of the program. Students may choose to participate in the Nighthawk Honor Guard, as well as other detachment events, such as Dining In and the Veteran's Day Parade. Scholarships are available for high school students and in-college students across various academic programs.

Rutgers University

Rutgers University offers AFROTC Detachment 485, also known as the Ravens. The program also serves students at ten additional institutions in the area through crosstown agreements. Instructors for training and courses at the school represent a wide range of careers in the Air Force, from engineers to airlift pilots. The standard 4-year program consists of the General Military Course (GMC) for the first two years, followed by two years of the Professional Officer Course (POC). Students can apply for national AFROTC scholarships to help pay for tuition and fees and earn a monthly stipend and book allowance.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fairleigh Dickinson University is one of the schools that participate in the AFROTC program through the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Cadets complete their coursework on the New Jersey Institute of Technology's campus, covering topics in the Air Force, air power, leadership and more. Students also participate in Leadership Lab that covers a wide range of topics, including Air Force customs and drills, opportunities for commissioned officers and leadership activities. Students can apply for 2- to 3.5-year scholarships to help pay for expenses.

Princeton University

Princeton University is one of the schools that is affiliated with Rutgers University's AFROTC program. Students can participate in a 3- or 4-year program that is open to most majors. Cadets travel to Rutgers for their weekly courses and Leadership Lab. Seniors in high school and current college students can compete for AFROTC scholarships to help cover tuition, fees and other expenses.

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Ramapo College of New Jersey is another institution that has a crosstown agreement with the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This agreement allows its students to participate in AFROTC Detachment 490 on the New Jersey Institute of Technology's campus, while completing their degree at Ramapo. Cadets in the program complete training that places emphasis on the values of integrity, service before self, and excellence. Students in the program are eligible to apply for AFROTC scholarships as high school students or in-college students.

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