South Carolina offers Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) programs at several institutions, including both private and public schools. Compare some of the schools below and their tuition rates and military benefits.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|University of South Carolina- Columbia||4-year, public||Columbia, SC||$11,454||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Charleston Southern University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Charleston, SC||$24,140||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Citadel Military College of South Carolina||4-year, public||Charleston, SC||$11,734||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Clemson University||4-year, public||Clemson, SC||$14,708||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Benedict College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Columbia, SC||$19,566||AFROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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Overview of South Carolina Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs
There are several unique AFROTC programs in South Carolina, as well as many partnership schools. Although most of the program requirements are the same, some schools offer unique extracurricular activities. Compare and contrast some of the AFROTC programs in South Carolina below.
University of South Carolina- Columbia
The University of South Carolina in Columbia is home to AFROTC Detachment 775, which was ranked the #1 Small Detachment in the nation for 2015. The school offers the traditional 4-year program, as well as a shortened 3-year program. Each week, cadets must participate in physical training and Leadership Lab and attend their Aerospace Studies classes. Students in the program are required to maintain a 2.5 term and cumulative GPA or higher and must attend at least 80% of their AFROTC courses, physical training and Leadership Lab. Students are eligible to compete for national AFROTC scholarships that help pay for tuition and fees and provide a monthly stipend and book allowance.
Charleston Southern University
Charleston Southern University offers participation in AFROTC Detachment 772, also known as the Battling Bucs. Cadets must be full-time undergraduate students and are required to attend weekly AFROTC courses, physical training and Leadership Lab. The first two years of the 4-year program are called the General Military Course (GMC) and do not require commitment to the Air Force unless on scholarship. The next two years are called the Professional Officer Course (POC), and cadets must complete a 4-week Field Training during the summer prior to entering the POC. Students can apply for national AFROTC scholarships to help pay for school.
Citadel Military College of South Carolina
The Citadel Military College of South Carolina offers AFROTC Detachment 765. Students in the program complete the GMC that includes topics in military training and field training preparation, followed by the POC that covers topics in leadership. Those pursuing commission in the Air Force must pass the Air Force Officer Qualification Test (AFOQT) that tests a cadet's knowledge in various areas, including situational judgement, pilot, air battle manager and academic aptitude. Cadets may also choose to participate in extracurricular activities, such as the Arnold Air Society, Civil Air Patrol and the Wingman Program. Students can compete for AFROTC scholarships as high school students or in-college students.
Clemson University is home to AFROTC Detachment 770, also known as the Flyin' Tigers. The program also serves as a hub to several cross-town universities and colleges to allow more students to participate. The school offers the traditional 4-year program, as well as a condensed 3-year program, both of which consist of the GMC and POC with coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab. Cadets are able to participate in intramural sports, dinners, dances, base visits, a Professional Development Training (PDT) Program and more. Students of all majors can compete for scholarships, but those majoring in science, nursing, foreign languages or engineering may have more options.
Benedict College allows its students to participate in AFROTC Detachment 775 through a partnership agreement with the University of South Carolina. This means that cadets complete their academic coursework at Benedict College, but take all of their AFROTC courses at the University of South Carolina. Students still complete the GMC and POC with physical training, Leadership Lab and AFROTC coursework. They are also eligible to compete for national AFROTC scholarships to help cover expenses.