New York has a plethora of schools that offer participation in Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) programs. These schools vary in location, tuition and the military benefits that they offer. Although all of the host schools are private, not-for-profit institutions, many public schools are affiliated with these hosts. Here you can learn about a few of the schools with AFROTC programs.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|Manhattan College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Riverdale, NY||$40,004||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Syracuse University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Syracuse, NY||$45,022||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||4-year, private not-for-profit||Rochester, NY||$38,568||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Clarkson University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Potsdam, NY||$46,132||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Cornell University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Ithaca, NY||$50,953||AFROTC scholarships|
|Fordham University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Bronx, NY||$49,073||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Stony Brook University||4-year, public||Stony Brook, NY||$8,999||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of New York Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs
There are several unique AFROTC programs in New York, as well as many additional schools that offer participation through partnerships with the AFROTC host schools. Compare and contrast some of the schools and their programs below.
Manhattan College offers participation in AFROTC Detachment 560, which also serves students in more than 30 schools in the local area, including some public schools in the CUNY and SUNY systems. Students can participate in a 3-year or 4-year program, both of which include physical training, Leadership Lab and AFROTC coursework. These Aerospace Studies courses cover topics in the U.S. Air Force, the evolution of air and space power in the Air Force, leadership and national security. Students can compete for national AFROTC scholarships as high school students or in-college students.
Syracuse University is home to AFROTC Detachment 535 that also serves students in several cross-town schools. Public schools affiliated with Syracuse include Mohawk Valley Community College and several SUNY campuses. The school offers an orientation program for new cadets to learn more about the program and what to expect. In addition to the program requirements of physical training, Leadership Lab and AFROTC coursework, students may choose to participate in an AFROTC organization, including Arnold Air Society, Silver Wings, the 'Blue Stars' Drill Team or the National Society of Pershing Rifles. National AFROTC scholarships are available to help students pay for expenses.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology offers participation in AFROTC Detachment 538, also known as home of the Blue Tigers. Traditionally, the program consists of the General Military Course (GMC) for the first two years, followed by the Professional Officer Corps (POC) the next two years, but the program may be condensed to 3 years or expanded to 5 years. Both portions include physical training, AFROTC courses and Leadership Lab. Before entering the POC, cadets must complete a summer Field Training. Students can also participate in extracurricular activities, such as Color Guard, Arnold Air Society or Silver Wings. Students can apply to national AFROTC scholarships to pay for tuition and fees. Public schools affiliated with Rochester's AFROTC program include SUNY Geneseo and Brockport, as well as SUNY Genesee and Monroe Community Colleges.
Clarkson University is home to AFROTC Detachment 536, known as the 'Pride of the Adirondacks'. Its affiliates include SUNY Potsdam and Canton. The 4-year program is basically a leadership elective for any major and can be compressed if necessary. The GMC portion of the program requires about 5 hours a week, while the POC requires about 7 hours a week. Students of all majors can apply for AFROTC scholarships, as well as high school seniors.
Cornell University has AFROTC Detachment 520 for interested students. This university has five affiliated schools, including the public SUNY Cortland. Prospective cadets can reach out to the program to get in touch with a current cadet and learn more about the experience. Once in the program, students attend New Student Orientation and then complete the GMC and POC throughout their time at Cornell. Cadets may choose to participate in Arnold Air Society, Color Guard or Scabbard and Blade - Charlie Company, First Regiment. Students are eligible to compete for national AFROTC scholarships to pay for tuition, most fees and provide a monthly stipend and book allowance.
Fordham University is one of the many schools across New York that allows participation in AFROTC through a partnership with host school. In this case, Fordham University students participate in AFROTC Detachment 560 at Manhattan College. Cadets complete two physical training sessions per week, AFROTC coursework and Leadership Lab, all of which are located at Manhattan College's campus. Students also complete the 4-week summer Field Training at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama prior to the POC. High school seniors and in-college students can apply for national AFROTC scholarships.
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University is a public institution that also allows its students to participate in AFROTC through a partnership with Manhattan College. Students participate in Detachment 560 on Manhattan College's campus. Typically, AFROTC classes and Leadership Lab are offered on Manhattan College's campus on Fridays so that students only have to commute to the campus once a week. Students are still eligible to compete for national AFROTC scholarships to help pay for tuition and fees and provide a monthly stipend and book allowance.