Students in Oregon have several different school options, including both private and public institutions, that offer Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) programs. These schools are all clustered in the northwestern part of the state, though they vary in tuition rates and other factors. Learn about some of the different schools and their programs here.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|Oregon State University||4-year, public||Corvallis, OR||$10,366||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|University of Oregon||4-year, public||Eugene, OR||$10,761||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|University of Portland||4-year, private not-for-profit||Portland, OR||$44,104||AFROTC scholarships|
|Corban University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Salem, OR||$30,640||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Linfield College||4-year, private not-for-profit||McMinnville, OR||$40,175||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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Overview of Oregon Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs
Although there are only a few host schools for AFROTC programs in Oregon, these schools maintain cross-town agreements with other nearby schools to offer more students participation in the program. Compare and contrast some of these available schools and their programs below.
Oregon State University
Oregon State University is home to AFROTC Detachment 685, also known as the 'Flying Beavs'. The school offers 2-, 3- and 4-year programs that result in a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Each year of the program, cadets participate in AFROTC coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab. In addition to the AFROTC program, cadets may choose to participate in extracurricular activities, such as Arnold Air Society or the Silver Talons Drill Team. Students can compete for national AFROTC scholarships as high school students or in-college students.
University of Oregon
The University of Oregon allows participation in AFROTC Detachment 685 through a partnership with Oregon State University. The 4-year AFROTC program begins with two years of the General Military Course (GMC), followed by two years of the Professional Officer Course (POC). Both components include air force studies courses and a laboratory. Prior to starting the POC, cadets must complete a 4-week summer field training. Students become committed to serving in the U.S. Air Force after the first two years of the program. National AFROTC scholarships are available to help students pay for tuition and fees and provide additional funding for books and a monthly stipend.
University of Portland
The University of Portland offers participation in AFROTC Detachment 695, which marks its 65th anniversary in 2017. It is a large detachment that consists of about 10% of the entire campus' student population. The GMC portion of the program requires about 5 hours a week, while the POC requires about 7 hours a week. This time commitment consists of physical training, Leadership Lab and AFROTC coursework with topics in the U.S. Air Force, the evolution of air and space power, leadership and national security. Students may also choose to participate in cadet clubs, such as Arnold Air Society, Spaatz Air Corps or Mitchell's Rifle Squadron. Students competing for scholarships as in-college students need to have a high GPA and test scores, strong leadership skills and must pass the Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment and be medically certified.
Corban University is another school that offers participation in AFROTC Detachment 685 at Oregon State University. Students are full-time students at Corban University, but they complete all of their AFROTC requirements on campus at Oregon State University. Students in any major except theology are able to participate in AFROTC, but they must have at least two years left in their academic program. Students can apply for national AFROTC scholarships to help pay for school.
Linfield University is one of the 16 additional schools that allow participation in AFROTC Detachment 695 through a cooperative agreement with the University of Portland. Students in the program commit about 10 hours a week to complete their AFROTC requirements on campus at the University of Portland. This includes the 60- to 90-minute commute to the University of Portland. Students can pursue national AFROTC scholarships.