Georgia is home to several institutions that offer college participation in the Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) program. These schools vary in the military benefits they offer, as well as tuition rates. Learn about a handful of the available schools and their programs below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||4-year, public||Atlanta, GA||$12,212||AFROTC scholarships|
|University of Georgia||4-year, public||Athens, GA||$11,634||AFROTC scholarships|
|Valdosta State University||4-year, public||Valdosta, GA||$6,297||AFROTC scholarships|
|University of West Georgia||4-year, public||Carrollton, GA||$6,143||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Kennesaw State University||4-year, public||Kennesaw, GA||$6,060||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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Overview of Georgia Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs
There are a few unique AFROTC Detachments in Georgia, as well as additional schools that participate in the program offered through the Georgia Institute of Technology. Compare these different programs, their requirements and the extra activities that they offer students.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology offers the AFROTC Detachment 165, which also serves eleven additional institutions in the area. The program has commissioned over 1700 officers since it started at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1920. Cadets complete two years of the General Military Course (GMC), followed by the Professional Officer Course (POC) for two years. Students also participate in AFROTC coursework and physical training. High school and in-college students are eligible to compete for AFROTC national scholarships to help pay for tuition and other expenses.
University of Georgia
The University of Georgia is home to AFROTC Detachment 160, also known as the 'Home of the Flying Bulldogs'. Students in the program learn about military ethics and heritage, air and space power, leadership theory and much more in preparation to be commissioned as officers in the U.S. Air Force. Cadets also have the opportunity to participate in team-building activities like rope courses, paintball and base visits. Students can apply for scholarships that help pay for tuition and fees and provide additional money for books and a monthly stipend.
Valdosta State University
Valdosta State University offers AFROTC Detachment 172 through its Department of Aerospace Studies. The school often has one of the largest cadet corps that is available to students pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree. Detachment 172 also provides the unique opportunity for cadet shadow programs with base personnel at the nearby Moody Air Force Base, as well as a First-Year Learning Community for freshmen cadets. Students are eligible to compete for AFROTC scholarships to help pay their way through school.
University of West Georgia
The University of West Georgia is one of the schools that offers participation in AFROTC through Detachment 165 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Students in the program travel to Georgia Tech's campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays to complete their AFROTC courses and physical training requirements. Students can compete for 4-, 3.5-, 3-, 2.5-, and 2-year college scholarships based on merit, but non-competitive scholarships are available for those within certain majors, such as foreign languages. Scholarships vary in amounts from $3,000 to full tuition, as well as monthly stipends and book allowances.
Kennesaw State University
Students at Kennesaw State University are also eligible to participate in AFROTC Detachment 165 at the Georgia Institute of Technology through the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) Cross Registration Program. Students at Kennesaw State who wish to participate in the program must fill out a Cross Registration Application and work with the school's Cross Registration Coordinator. Cadets can participate in a 2- to 4-year program, depending on how much schooling they have left at the time they enter the program. In-college scholarships are available, and students pursuing a health profession can apply for additional assistance through the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program.