Minnesota is home to several different schools that offer Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) programs to interested students. Both public and private school options are available and differ in tuition rates and military benefits. Explore the different school options and programs below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|University of St. Thomas||4-year, private not-for-profit||Saint Paul, MN||$39,594||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|University of Minnesota- Twin Cities||4-year, public||Minneapolis, MN||$14,142||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|University of Minnesota- Duluth||4-year, public||Duluth, MN||$13,139||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Minnesota State University- Moorhead||4-year, public||Moorhead, MN||$8,114||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|North Central University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Minneapolis, MN||$22,240||None|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Air Force ROTC Colleges in Minnesota
The schools in Minnesota that offer AFROTC programs vary slightly in some of their requirements and activities they offer students. However, all of them aim to prepare students to be effective leaders in the Air Force upon graduation. Compare and contrast the different AFROTC programs below.
University of St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas is home to the Air Force ROTC Detachment 410. Cadets in the program must participate in aerospace courses, Leadership Laboratory, physical training and complete their assigned specific tasks in the Cadet Wing. Students must complete field training in the summer and can also choose to participate in optional club organizations like the Detachment Choir, Arnold Air Society, Black Knights Rifle Drill Team and more. The school offers a high school scholarship program, as well as an in-college scholarship program, both of which cover tuition and room and board.
University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota- Twin Cities offers the AFROTC Detachment 415. The program was first established in 1949 and prides itself on developing leaders for the Air Force through their training program that combines academics, physical training and character development. In addition to Leadership Laboratory and physical training, students can participate in Arnold Air Society, Eagles Drill Team, Running Team or Special Tactics Prep. The university offers a high school or in-college scholarship program, but students must have a 3.0 GPA to qualify.
University of Minnesota- Duluth
The University of Minnesota- Duluth is home to AFROTC Detachment 420, which is known as the Pride of the North. Their program is also offered to students at the University of Wisconsin- Superior and the College of St. Scholastica. The program is designed to commission graduates as officers and prepares them for their minimum of 4 years of service with the Air Force. The school does accept high school and in-college AFROTC scholarships.
Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Minnesota State University- Moorhead offers students the chance to participate in AFROTC Detachment 610. This program, though available to students at Minnesota State University- Moorhead, only offers AFROTC courses at North Dakota State University or the University of North Dakota. Students in the program earn a minor in Aerospace Studies and participate in Leadership Lab, physical training and field training. The school has high school AFROTC scholarships that are application-based and in-college AFROTC scholarships that are nomination-based.
North Central University
North Central University is one of the institutions that allow students to participate in AFROTC Detachment 410 in partnership with the University of St. Thomas. Students complete the same requirements as students at the University of St. Thomas, but are enrolled at St. Thomas as non-degree seeking students. Students in this program complete all of their AFROTC requirements on campus at the University of St. Thomas and are referred to as 'cross-town' cadets. North Central University is only about 6 miles away from St. Thomas, and therefore is a viable option for students interested in participating in AFROTC.