Arizona offers a handful of unique Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) programs for college students. These schools are scattered throughout the state and vary in tuition rates and military benefits. Explore some of the differences between these schools and their programs.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|Northern Arizona University||4-year, public||Flagstaff, AZ||$10,764||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|University of Arizona||4-year, public||Tucson, AZ||$11,769||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- Prescott||4-year, private not-for-profit||Prescott, AZ||$33,826||AFROTC scholarships|
|Arizona State University||4-year, public||Tempe, AZ||$10,370||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Pima Community College||2-year, public||Tucson, AZ||$2,046||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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Overview of Arizona Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs
Several different institutions in Arizona offer AFROTC programs to interested students and have many of the same core requirements, but may vary in the student organizations that they offer, scholarship opportunities and other program benefits. Compare the different programs and their details below.
Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University is 'Home of the Highlanders', or AFROTC Detachment 027, and ranks #14 out of 145 nation-wide detachments. Cadets in the program complete weekly requirements of AFROTC coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab. Students may also choose to participate in student organizations, such as Arnold Air Society, Silver Wings, Civil Air Patrol, Color Guard, Saber Team and Intramurals. In the fall semester of 2017, the university began offering students in the program a chance to live with other cadets as part of the ROTC Learning Community in campus housing. Students interested in the program can apply for AFROTC scholarships as high school students or in-college students.
University of Arizona
The University of Arizona offers AFROTC Detachment 020, also known as the Wildcat Wing. Students in the 4-year program complete the General Military Course (GMC) for the first two years of the program, followed by the Professional Officer Course (POC) the next two years. Both the GMC and POC are composed of coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab, as well as field training the summer before entering the POC. Students are eligible to apply for AFROTC scholarships that help cover tuition and lab fee costs and typically provide a monthly stipend and book allowance.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- Prescott
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- Prescott is home to AFROTC Detachment 028, known as the 'Best in the Nation'. The school offers the standard 4-year program, as well as a 3-year program that allows students to join as sophomores and complete the first two years of coursework in one year. The school also offers students the chance to participate in the Honor Corps that is made up of four drill teams, a chance to serve veterans in the local community and a chance to attend the annual formal Dining Out banquet. The school guarantees a minimum of $8500 in an ROTC Assurance Grant for high school students who have earned an AFROTC scholarship and also offers students who have earned a 3-year scholarship the chance to 'frontload' their scholarship to help pay for expenses freshman and sophomore year.
Arizona State University
Arizona State University offers participation in AFROTC Detachment 025 to its students, as well as individuals from several crosstown schools. Students in the program complete the standard coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab and must complete physical fitness tests to evaluate their performance. Cadets may choose to participate in Arnold Air Society, Color Guard, Silver Wings or Scabbard and Blade. Students may apply for national AFROTC scholarships as high school students or in-college students.
Pima Community College
Students at Pima Community College are allowed to participate in AFROTC Detachment 020 through the University of Arizona. Cadets in the program at Pima complete the first two years of the program, or the GMC, while at Pima. Students enroll for their courses through Pima Community College, but complete all of their AFROTC coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab requirements on the University of Arizona's campus. Course topics include foundations of the Air Force and evolution of U.S. Air Force air and space power.