Students interested in participating in Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) programs in Missouri have several different options that include both public and private institutions. Compare some of the available schools with their tuition rates, military benefits and different locations across the state.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|University of Missouri- Columbia||4-year, public||Columbia, MO||$9,518||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Missouri University of Science and Technology||4-year, public||Rolla, MO||$9,057||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Columbia College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Columbia, MO||$20,936||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Saint Louis University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Saint Louis, MO||$40,726||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Southeast Missouri State University||4-year, public||Cape Girardeau, MO||$6,990||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|University of Central Missouri||4-year, public||Warrensburg, MO||$7,322||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of Missouri Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs
Missouri offers several different colleges with AFROTC programs that have many of the same program requirements, but vary in scholarships, student organizations and other factors. Compare some of the AFROTC program details from a few of the available schools in Missouri.
University of Missouri- Columbia
The University of Missouri has AFROTC Detachment 440, which was established in 1946 and serves six additional institutions in the area. Cadets in their first two years of the program take 2 semester credit hours of AFROTC courses, while those in their third and fourth years take 3 semester credit hours. All cadets participate in physical training activities throughout the program. New cadets participate in an orientation program, and any cadet may choose to participate in extracurricular activities, like Arnold Air Society and Perishing Rifles. Students can compete for national AFROTC scholarships to help pay for their schooling.
Missouri University of Science and Technology
The Missouri University of Science and Technology offers participation in AFROTC Detachment 442, 'The Flying Miners', which was established in 1981. The program is 4 years long and consists of academic coursework, physical training two times a week, Leadership Lab and summer field training after sophomore year. The first two years of the program are called the General Military Course (GMC) and require five hours a week, while the next two years are the Professional Officer Course (POC) and require six hours a week. Students can apply for scholarships as high school students or in-college students.
Columbia College is one of the institutions that offers participation in AFROTC through a partnership with the University of Missouri- Columbia. Students attend AFROTC coursework with Detachment 440 on the University of Missouri's campus, which is only 10 blocks away from Columbia College. Columbia College allows students to participate in the Air Force Enlisted Commissioning Programs and partners with the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and General Education Mobile (GEM) program to help service members finish their associate's degree on a faster, more flexible schedule. The school awards up to 10 scholarships that cover room charges, in addition to AFROTC scholarships.
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University offers an AFROTC program through Detachment 207 to its students, as well as students at nine additional schools in the nearby area. The program focuses on the core values of the U.S. Air Force, which are integrity, service before self and excellence in all they do. Cadets in the program should expect to spend about 10 hours a week completing training and leadership classes. Students are eligible to apply for AFROTC scholarships that include up to $500 in monthly stipends.
Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University has an AFROTC program that allows students to take AFROTC classes at the university itself and Leadership Lab once a week at Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. The 4-year program is made up of the 2-year GMC followed by the 2-year POC, which each include coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab. If they would like, students may choose to participate in additional activities, including Arnold Air Society and the Blue Lightning Color Guard. Students can compete for national AFROTC scholarships, as well as a $3,000 scholarship if they choose to live in the school's military learning community or $1,500 scholarships for living in on-campus housing.
University of Central Missouri
The University of Central Missouri is another institution that allows its students to participate in AFROTC through Detachment 440 at the University of Missouri- Columbia. Students in the program commute to the University of Missouri- Columbia once a week to take their AFROTC courses and Leadership Lab. Through the University of Central Missouri's Department of Aviation, students also have the opportunity to participate in various aviation organizations, like the UCM Flight Team, Women in Aviation and the UCM Aviation Student Leaders. Students can compete for AFROTC scholarships as high school students or in-college students to help pay for their expenses.