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AFROTC Colleges in Illinois

Nov 21, 2017

Students in Illinois have plenty of schools to choose from that offer participation in Air Force ROTC. Find out about the main host schools that offer the program, as well as some additional school options.

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Illinois offers several public and private institutions throughout the state that allow participation in Air Force ROTC (AFROTC). Explore a small selection of the available schools in Illinois and compare their tuition rates and programs.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)* Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits
Illinois Institute of Technology 4-year, private not-for-profit Chicago, IL $45,214 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale 4-year, public Carbondale, IL $13,481 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Lewis University 4-year, private not-for-profit Romeoville, IL $30,050 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 4-year, public Champaign, IL $15,058 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Saint Xavier University 4-year, private not-for-profit Chicago, IL $32,250 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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Overview of Illinois Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs

Illinois is home to three unique AFROTC programs, but it offers participation to students at many additional schools through cross-town agreements. Compare and contrast the three AFROTC programs and learn about a couple of the additional cross-town schools here.

Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology offers participation in AFROTC Detachment 195 to its students, as well as to students from several additional schools in and around Chicago. Cadets in the program participate in weekly Aerospace Studies courses, Leadership Lab and physical training. The Leadership Lab covers a range of topics, including military customs and marching, and is led by juniors and seniors in AFROTC. Students may also choose to participate in extracurricular activities, such as Arnold Air Society, Color Guard and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). Students can apply for scholarships to help cover tuition, fees, books and other school-related expenses.

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale is home to AFROTC Detachment 205, the 'Soaring Warriors', which also serves students from John A. Logan College and Southeast Missouri State University. Cadets begin the program with the General Military Course (GMC) during their freshman and sophomore years, followed by the Professional Officer Course (POC) their junior and senior years. Both sections include AFROTC coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab. Students can compete for AFROTC scholarships as high school students and in-college students, as well as competing for tuition waivers offered by the state for ROTC students.

Lewis University

Lewis University is one of the cross-town schools that is able to participate in AFROTC Detachment 195 through an agreement with Illinois Institute of Technology. Cadets from Lewis University generally carpool together to Illinois Institute of Technology to complete their weekly AFROTC courses and Leadership Lab. Physical training takes place once a week on campus at Lewis University and once a week at Illinois Institute of Technology after Leadership Lab and class. Once per semester, students participate in Rising Warhawk Weekend, which is a weekend training exercise. Students may also participate in Arnold Air Society if they would like.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is home to the 'Flying Illini', AFROTC Detachment 190, which also serves students at Parkland College. Students in the program participate in the GMC and then must be selected for the POC. Once selected for the POC, but prior to entering it, cadets complete a summer field training at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Cadets at the University of Illinois may also participate in extracurricular activities, including Drill Team, Silver Wings, Arnold Air Society and Ranger Challenge Team. Students are eligible to compete for national AFROTC scholarships and tuition waivers.

Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University is another institution that participates in AFROTC Detachment 195 at Illinois Institute of Technology. Students complete their AFROTC requirements at Illinois Institute of Technology. Cadets who successfully complete the program are commissioned as an officer and commit to 4 years of active duty in the Air Force. Students can apply for AFROTC scholarships, and nursing students could be eligible for non-competitive express scholarships.

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