There is a handful of postsecondary institutions in the state of Kentucky that offer Air Force ROTC programs. Some of these programs are offered at smaller schools in partnership with larger institutions, but all of them prepare students for their future career in the U.S. Air Force. Below are some of the Kentucky schools that offer Air Force ROTC programs.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|Western Kentucky University||4-year, public||Bowling Green, KY||$9,912||Credit for military training, Air Force ROTC Scholarships|
|Eastern Kentucky University||4-year, public||Richmond, KY||$8,868||Credit for military training, Air Force ROTC Scholarships|
|University of Kentucky||4-year, public||Lexington, KY||$11,484||Credit for military training, Air Force ROTC Scholarships|
|University of Louisville||4-year, public||Louisville, KY||$11,264||Credit for military training, Air Force ROTC Scholarships|
|Centre College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Danville, KY||$39,300||Credit for military training, Air Force ROTC Scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Air Force ROTC Colleges in Kentucky
The above listed institutions in Kentucky offer Air Force ROTC programs for interested students. These programs vary slightly in available benefits and activities, but include many of the same course topics and/or similar requirements. Compare some of the similarities and differences between the different Air Force ROTC programs below.
Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University (WKU), in cooperation with Tennessee State University, offers interested students the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) to prepare students for service in the Air Force. WKU's program requires students to participate in field training, and students can apply for Professional Officers Course (POC) which allows for additional scholarship opportunities. WKU also offers students in the program an optional minor in aerospace studies. The school is home to the Arnold Air Society, which is a national honor society for AFROTC cadets and also offers an Air Force ROTC scholarship.
Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) offers an Air Force ROTC program through agreements with the University of Kentucky. Students of this program still enroll as EKU students, but can participate in AFROTC activities on campus at the University of Kentucky. The program offers high school students 4-year scholarships through their Air Force ROTC scholarship, as well as an in-college scholarship for current cadets. Cadets are required to take multiple courses in aerospace studies and leadership.
University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky (UK) is home to Detachment 290 of the Air Force ROTC. The program boasts the production of the highest caliber Officers, and is considered a medium-size detachment. Cadets in the program are required to participate in two classes and three exercise (Physical Training PT) sessions per week. Course topics include leadership, national security studies, evolution of the U.S. Air Force and more. In-college scholarships may be applied for by cadets.
University of Louisville
The University of Louisville offers Detachment 295 of the Air Force ROTC. The program offers small class sizes to allow cadets to focus on their individual development and training. Students take courses in aerospace studies and may decide to join the Professional Officer Course, which takes place in the last two years of study and requires a service commitment. Cadets are allowed to major in any area that they wish, but students must maintain at 2.5 GPA and finish their degree on-time. Air Force ROTC scholarships are available, as well as in-college scholarships.
Centre College also offers AFROTC training through a partnership with UK. The AFROTC program offers a 2-year or 4-year option, as well as Air Force ROTC scholarships. Winners of the scholarship receive free tuition and room and board, a textbook allowance and a monthly stipend. Cadets take courses in aerospace studies, which also count as academic credit toward their degree at Centre College.