Students in Arkansas wishing to participate in Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) have a few different school options, including private and public institutions. Compare and contrast the available schools that are located in the northwest portion of the state.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|University of Arkansas||4-year, public||Fayetteville, AR||$8,820||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|John Brown University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Siloam Springs, AR||$25,324||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|University of Arkansas- Fort Smith||4-year, public||Fort Smith, AR||$5,390||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|NorthWest Arkansas Community College||2-year, public||Bentonville, AR||$4,633||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of Arkansas Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs
Although there is only one unique AFROTC program in the state of Arkansas, students still have a few different choices in schools that allow participation in the program. Find out more about the AFROTC program here and how students participate.
University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas is home to AFROTC Detachment 030, which also serves students at three additional cross-town institutions. The 4-year program consists of the General Military Course (GMC) for the first two years, followed by the Professional Officer Course (POC) the next two years. Both portions include physical training, Leadership Lab and AFROTC coursework requirements. Cadets that are selected for the POC must complete a 4-week summer Field Training at Maxwell Air Force Base before beginning the course. The selection process for the POC looks at a cadet's GPA, evaluation and test scores to ensure they are prepared to train to be an officer in the Air Force. Students can apply for AFROTC scholarships that pay for tuition and most fees, as well as provide a monthly stipend and book allowance.
John Brown University
John Brown University students participate in AFROTC Detachment 030 at the University of Arkansas through the cross-town agreement. Students register for classes the same way as any other student, but complete their AFROTC requirements on campus at the University of Arkansas. All of the textbooks, equipment, uniforms and other supplies needed for AFROTC are loaned to cadets for free. Students can compete for 2-, 3- and 4-year national AFROTC scholarships to help pay for school expenses.
University of Arkansas- Fort Smith
Students at the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith can participate in a 3- or 4-year program at the University of Arkansas with AFROTC Detachment 030. Sometimes exceptions can be made with the Air Force for students to complete a 2-year program. Students in the program complete their AFROTC courses, physical training, Leadership Lab and special activities on campus at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Students can compete for national AFROTC scholarships as high school or in-college students.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Students at NorthWest Arkansas Community College can also participate in AFROTC Detachment 030 at the University of Arkansas. Students must register through NorthWest Arkansas Community College, but then attend their AFROTC courses at the University of Arkansas' campus. Students must be full-time at NorthWest in order to participate in AFROTC. Students are eligible to compete for national AFROTC scholarships.