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Air Force ROTC Colleges in Rhode Island

Nov 17, 2017

Students wishing to participate in Air Force ROTC in Rhode Island can attend a school in the state, but they'll need to travel to a neighboring state for the AFROTC training. Learn about the RI school options, their tuition rates and the programs that are available to students.

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Although there are no host schools for Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) programs in Rhode Island, there are still two schools that offer participation in AFROTC through cross-town agreements with schools in neighboring states. Compare the private and public school options below and find out more about the AFROTC program.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)* Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits
Brown University 4-year, private not-for-profit Providence, RI $51,366 AFROTC scholarships
University of Rhode Island 4-year, public Kingston, RI $12,884 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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Overview of Rhode Island Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs

Brown University and the University of Rhode Island offer participation in AFROTC through partnerships with two different schools in surrounding states. Here we discuss each RI school and the AFROTC program at the host school.

Brown University

Brown University offers participation in AFROTC Detachment 340 through a partnership with Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. Students in the program fulfill their academic program at Brown University and complete all of their training and AFROTC requirements at Worcester Polytechnic Institute's campus. Students can choose to participate in the traditional 4-year program or an accelerated 3-year program. The traditional program consists of the General Military Course (GMC) for the first two years, followed by the Professional Officer Course (POC) the next two years, both of which include AFROTC coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab. Cadets do not have a military obligation until they enter the POC or are on an AFROTC scholarship. To help with expenses, students can compete for national AFROTC scholarships as high school students or in-college students.

University of Rhode Island

Students at the University of Rhode Island can participate in AFROTC Detachment 115 through a cross-town agreement with the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Students in the program are full-time students at the University of Rhode Island, but they complete their AFROTC coursework and requirements on campus at the University of Connecticut. Each week, cadets complete physical training, Leadership Lab and AFROTC coursework that includes topics in the U.S. Air Force, air and space power, national security and leadership. Students are eligible to apply for national AFROTC scholarships that go toward tuition, fees, a book allowance and a monthly stipend.

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