For individuals who live in Ohio and are considering a career in the Navy or simply are interested in naval science, they may want to think about enrolling in an NROTC program at a university in Ohio. There are a couple of options to choose from and students will likely want to take the university's location, size, academic programs, and details regarding the NROTC program into account before making a selection. We will look at the programs in greater detail below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Miami University||4-year, public||Oxford, OH||$14,736||NROTC Scholarships, military credit transfer|
|Ohio State University||4-year, public||Columbus, OH||$10,037||NROTC Scholarships, military credit transfer, Mershon Grant Program|
Source: *U.S. Department of Education
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In the state of Ohio, students can either attend Miami University or Ohio State University if they want to participate in an NROTC program. Both schools act as host campuses for the NROTC programs, meaning students can fulfill all program requirements on campus while also taking the courses necessary for their selected degree programs. We will discuss what makes each school unique in more detail below in order to help students make the most informed decision possible.
Miami University is a large public school located north of Cincinnati in the town of Oxford, with an undergraduate enrollment of almost 17,000 students. Students who enroll at Miami University can commit to the NROTC as early as their senior year in high school, especially if they want to be considered for four-year scholarships. These scholarships, which are funded by the national NROTC organization, are competitive and cover a student's full tuition, along with funds to cover the cost of university fees, books, and a monthly living stipend. According to the Navy's tiered major system in which degree programs are categorized into three tiers, students who select majors from Tier 1 and Tier 2 generally receive scholarships most frequently. Miami University offers a number of Tier 1 majors, like chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Tier 2 majors include computer science, computer engineering, manufacturing engineering, and bioengineering.
Students who do not receive scholarships are still eligible to participate in the NROTC program or they can apply for scholarships as freshmen and sophomores. Miami University's department of Naval Sciences offers a minor that includes all of the required courses an NROTC member must complete during the program, as well as a number of electives to choose from. This minor can be pursued by any student at Miami University.
Ohio State University
Ohio State University is the largest university in the state with an undergraduate population of almost 46,000 students. Students who participate in the NROTC program at OSU may enjoy the ability to be involved in a smaller community within such a large institution. Because NROTC program requirements and scholarship guidelines are set at a national level, they are much the same as at Miami University. Students at OSU who are interested in pursuing Tier 1 categorized degrees can choose from aeronautical and astronautical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and systems engineering. At the Tier 2 level, students have even more options like computer science, civil engineering, biomedical engineering, mathematics, biochemical sciences, and engineering physics. One thing that sets OSU apart is the Mershon Grant Program, that can reward Midshipmen who receive good grades with additional scholarship and grant funds. The campus also has access to a state-of-the-art ship simulator called the USS Carmen DDGS 71, which students in the NROTC program will use in some of their Naval Science courses.