Students who are interested in participating in a Navy ROTC (NROTC) program by attending a university in the state of North Carolina have several options to choose from. Some factors that will likely influence their decision include their academic interests, geographic location in the state, and future career aspirations. We will learn about each NROTC program in North Carolina in greater detail below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh||4-year, public||Raleigh, NC||$8,880||Military credit transfer, military services staff, NROTC scholarships|
|Duke University||4-year, private||Durham, NC||$51,265||NROTC scholarships|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||4-year, public||Chapel Hill, NC||$8,834||Military credit transfer, military services staff, NROTC scholarships|
Source: *U.S. Department of Education
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NROTC Training in NC
In the state of North Carolina, students can select from three different universities that each host their own NROTC program. All three schools comprise the North Carolina Piedmont Region Consortium of NROTC programs. Requirements for NROTC programs are set at a national level and include completing a bachelor's degree; completing specific coursework, including naval science courses; participating in drill instruction each week; and undergoing summer training. Because of these national requirements, NROTC programs are fundamentally the same no matter which university is hosting the program, so individual school differences regarding campus life, tuition price, and degree offerings will likely play a large role in helping students determine what school to apply to and attend. We will discuss some of these details below.
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
The largest university in North Carolina, North Carolina State University also has the largest NROTC program with around 130 students participating, significantly more than at either Duke or the University of North Carolina. Students who commit to enrolling in the NROTC program at NC State are eligible for four-year full tuition scholarships, along with monthly stipends to help cover the cost of their living expenses.
The Navy categorizes all degrees into a 3-tier system, placing greatest priority on Tier 1 and Tier 2 degrees, which are focused on engineering, science, and mathematics. Students pursuing Tier 1 and Tier 2 degree programs make up the majority of students who receive full-tuition scholarships. Tier 1 degree programs at NC State include aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and nuclear engineering, among others. Tier 2 programs include civil engineering, construction engineering, computer science, and industrial engineering.
Students who do not receive scholarships can still join the battalion and compete for scholarships to cover subsequent years in the program. New students in the program also must complete a week of orientation before the academic year begins, during which they get to know their fellow midshipmen, complete physical training, and get a taste for what the program will be like.
Duke University is considered to be one of the most prestigious, as well as highly selective, private academic institutions in the country. Students who are able to gain admission into Duke can elect to participate in the NROTC program there, either beginning as freshmen or by joining as sophomores or juniors.
Just as the NROTC scholarship requirements are the same across the country, the core details of the NROTC program are similar to the program at NC State. However, the school culture at Duke is likely quite different, since it is a much smaller campus and therefore has a significantly smaller student body of just over 6,500 undergraduates in comparison to more than 20,000 undergraduates at the larger public schools. Students who are interested in pursuing Tier 1 degree programs at Duke can select from electrical and computer engineering or mechanical engineering. Tier 2 degree programs include civil engineering, biomedical engineering, physics, biophysics, and mathematics.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The NROTC program at the University of North Carolina offer students the same types of scholarship possibilities as the other two programs, making it possible for a student to attend four years of school without having to pay for tuition. The program at UNC encourages its participants to actively engage not only in the ROTC program, but also with other forms of campus life as well, like sororities and fraternities as well as clubs and organizations. Students who enroll at UNC should keep in mind that, when it comes to academics, they will not have any options for Tier 1 degree programs. However, UNC does offer a number of Tier 2 degree programs, including biomedical engineering, statistics and analysis, biophysics, and biomedical sciences.