Students interested in participating in Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) programs in Florida have several public and private school options to choose from. Many of these schools offer military benefits and relatively low in-state tuition. Compare some of the available Florida schools with AFROTC programs below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|University of Florida||4-year, public||Gainesville, FL||$6,381||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|University of West Florida||4-year, public||Pensacola, FL||$6,360||AFROTC scholarships|
|University of South Florida||4-year, public||Tampa, FL||$6,410||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|The University of Tampa||4-year, private not-for-profit||Tampa, FL||$27,740||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|University of Central Florida||4-year, public||Orlando, FL||$6,368||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Florida State University||4-year, public||Tallahassee, FL||$6,507||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of Flordia Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs
Students have plenty of schools to choose from in Florida that offer AFROTC programs of varying lengths. Many of these programs share similar requirements and offer scholarships for students interested in participating. Compare and contrast some of the available programs below.
University of Florida
The University of Florida offers AFROTC Detachment 150, also known as the Gator Det, to students. Students interested in the program must meet the Air Force's physical standards and academic standards of a 2.5 GPA or higher, and they should be able to complete the program and be commissioned by age 30. Cadets complete two years of the General Military Course (GMC) followed by two years of the Professional Officer Course (POC), both of which include Leadership Lab and coursework. Students can pursue AFROTC scholarships as high school students or once they are in college to help pay for tuition, books, and fees and earn a monthly stipend.
University of West Florida
The University of West Florida is home to AFROTC Detachment 014 that boasts 'All Aces, No Jokers!'. Each year of the 4-year program, cadets take Aerospace Studies courses and Leadership Lab to cover topics in national security, leadership and the history of air and space power. Cadets also participate in physical training and Field Training the summer between their GMC and POC. Students can compete for AFROTC scholarships, and those pursuing technical degrees may have an advantage.
University of South Florida
The University of South Florida offers AFROTC Detachment 158. Students can choose to participate in a 3-, 4- or 5-year program as an undergraduate or graduate student. The university also offers a fast-paced 1- and 2-year program for outstanding candidates. AFROTC Detachment 158 also serves as a testing center for the Air Force Officer Qualification Test, Enlisted Pilot Qualification Test and Test of Basic Aviation Skills. Students are eligible to compete for national AFROTC scholarships.
The University of Tampa
The University of Tampa offers AFROTC to its students through an agreement with the University of South Florida. Cadets participate in Detachment 158 to complete the program's required aerospace coursework, leadership training and field training. Students can choose to participate in the 2-, 3- or 4-year programs. Students are also able to pursue AFROTC scholarships to pay for tuition, fees and other expenses.
University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida is home to the 'Flying Knights' of AFROTC Detachment 159. The school offers a 3-, 4- or 5-year program to train cadets in military customs, leadership, physical fitness and more. Students in the program may choose to participate in additional activities, such as Arnold Air Society, Color Guard, Drill Team and Intramural Sports. Students may choose to compete for national AFROTC scholarships.
Florida State University
Florida State University offers the AFROTC Detachment 145 to interested students. Students must be full-time undergraduates who meet the Air Force's height and weight standards and maintain a 2.5 GPA before beginning their final course of the GMC. Cadets are able to choose from a 3-, 3.5- or 4-year program and participate in Leadership Lab, physical training and field training. To help pay for tuition and other expenses, students can apply for national AFROTC scholarships as high school students or once they are in college.