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AFROTC Colleges in Pennsylvania

Nov 20, 2017

Students in Pennsylvania can attend several different schools in the state to participate in Air Force ROTC. Find out about the host schools and some of the cross-town schools that participate in the program.

Pennsylvania has many schools that offer participation in Air Force ROTC (AFROTC), including public and private institutions. Compare and contrast a few of the available schools below, including their tuition rates and AFROTC program details.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)* Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits
Pennsylvania State University 4-year, public University Park, PA $17,900 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Wilkes University 4-year, private not-for-profit Wilkes-Barre, PA $33,568 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Saint Joseph's University 4-year, private not-for-profit Philadelphia, PA $43,020 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
University of Pittsburgh 4-year, public Pittsburgh, PA $18,618 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Carlow University 4-year, private not-for-profit Pittsburgh, PA $27,764 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Temple University 4-year, public Philadelphia, PA $16,274 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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Overview of Pennsylvania Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs

There are four unique AFROTC programs in Pennsylvania that also serve students at multiple cross-town institutions. Learn about the host schools and their programs, as well as two of the many cross-town options in the state.

Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University, commonly known as Penn State, is home to AFROTC Detachment 720. The traditional 4-year program is made up of the General Military Course (GMC) for the first two years, followed by the Professional Officer Course (POC). Both sections include weekly physical training, Leadership Lab and AFROTC coursework. Cadets at Penn State may also choose to participate in additional activities, like Honor Guard, Arnold Air Society, Wild Blue Yonders (a choir), Silver Wings or Scabbard and Blade. National AFROTC scholarships are available.

Wilkes University

Wilkes University is the host school for AFROTC Detachment 752 and has cross-town agreements with 10 other nearby schools. Students can participate in a 3- or 4-year AFROTC program. After completing the GMC, students participate in a 4-week summer field training before entering the POC. Throughout the program, cadets take Aerospace Studies courses, including topics in the U.S. Air Force and the evolution of air and space power, which results in an Aerospace Studies minor. Students can volunteer for Professional Development Training that offers additional Air Force experiences, such as freefalls and Air Force career exposure.

Saint Joseph's University

Saint Joseph's University houses AFROTC Detachment 750 and offers participation to students at an additional 24 nearby institutions. The program consists of the GMC, followed by a 3-week summer encampment called LEAD prior to the POC. The POC is the selective portion of the program, and cadets must meet age, academic, medical and physical requirements. High school students can compete for 4-year AFROTC scholarships, while in-college students can compete for 2- to 3.5-year scholarships.

University of Pittsburgh

AFROTC Detachment 730 is located on campus at the University of Pittsburgh. Students at several cross-town institutions are also able to participate in the program. Cadets take 1-credit Aerospace Studies courses in their freshmen and sophomore years, followed by 3-credit Aerospace Studies courses in their junior and senior years. Students may also choose to participate in Arnold Air Society, whose local chapter is known as the Salzarulo Squadron. Students can compete for national AFROTC scholarships to help pay for expenses.

Carlow University

Carlow University is one of the 14 cross-town schools that can participate in AFROTC Detachment 730 at the University of Pittsburgh. Students must have at least 3 full academic years left in order to participate in the program. Cadets complete their AFROTC course and lab requirements at the University of Pittsburgh while doing their regular academic coursework at Carlow. Students can apply for AFROTC scholarships that help pay for tuition, books and fees and provide a monthly stipend.

Temple University

Students at Temple University can participate in AFROTC Detachment 750 through an agreement with Saint Joseph's University. Students take their AFROTC courses on campus at Saint Joseph's University and transfer the credits back to Temple. The program consists of the GMC, summer field training and POC. Students can apply for 2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships.


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