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Air Force ROTC Colleges in Hawaii

Sep 15, 2017

Students in Hawaii can participate in an Air Force ROTC program and earn a degree from a few different schools in the state. Find out about the schools that offer participation in the ROTC program and the program details.

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There are not many schools in Hawaii that offer their own independent Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) program, but several schools work in partnership with the University of Hawaii - Manoa to offer the program to interested students. Here you can compare each school and learn more about the AFROTC program in Hawaii.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)* Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits
University of Hawaii - Manoa 4-year, public Honolulu, HI $11,732 Credit for military training
Brigham Young University - Hawaii 4-year, private not-for-profit Laie, HI $5,240 None available
Chaminade University of Honolulu 4-year, private not-for-profit Honolulu, HI $23,310 Credit for military training, discounted tuition
Hawaii Pacific University 4-year, private not-for-profit Honolulu, HI $23,440 Credit for military training

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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Air Force ROTC Colleges in Hawaii

The University of Hawaii - Manoa serves as the central hub for Hawaii's AFROTC programs. Therefore, cadets at all Hawaii schools have the same AFROTC requirements, but each school may offer unique military benefits or undergraduate majors. Below we discuss each school option and the AFROTC program.

University of Hawaii - Manoa

The University of Hawaii - Manoa offers an AFROTC program to its students as well as to students at several surrounding institutions. Students in the program complete a General Military Course (GMC) and the Professional Officer's Course (POC). Both of these stages can be completed in four years. Some students may choose to take the accelerated 3-year program that shortens the GMC stage. Cadets meet five times a week to participate in physical training, a leadership laboratory and aerospace studies courses that include topics in national security, leadership and aviation history. After their sophomore year, students participate in summer field training at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, for four weeks.

Students are able to apply for the national AFROTC scholarships. Preference for these awards is given to candidates who major in 'critical' career fields for the Air Force. At UH - Manoa, these include majors in Japanese, Chinese, chemistry, physics, atmospheric sciences and computer science as well as several engineering specialties.

Brigham Young University Hawaii

Students at Brigham Young University's (BYU) Hawaii campus who are interested in participating in AFROTC have joint registration at BYU - Hawaii and the University of Hawaii - Manoa. Students can choose from the 4-year or 3-year program. They can also apply for various national AFROTC scholarships to help pay for tuition and books. Students looking to pursue majors in one of the critical career fields can choose from among programs in computer science and mathematics.

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Students at Chaminade University also have the opportunity to participate in the AFROTC program housed at the University of Hawaii - Manoa. Students can select majors in the fields of nursing, behavioral science and education, among others. However, the university does not currently offer an undergraduate course of study in one of the technical fields given preference for AFROTC scholarships. Chaminade University does offer several military benefits, including a discounted military tuition rate. It also accepts military credits and tuition assistance, regardless of military branch.

Hawaii Pacific University

Interested students at Hawaii Pacific University can also participate in the AFROTC program's training and lectures on the University of Hawaii - Manoa's campus. Many students pursue the 4-year program, but students who decide to begin the program in their junior year may qualify for a 2-year program. Students interested in applying to the national AFROTC scholarships may want to consider pursuing the school's chemistry, computer science or math majors.

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