Students in Utah have several private and public school options for participating in Air Force ROTC (AFROTC). These schools vary slightly in tuition rates, the availability of extracurricular activities and other factors. Learn about some of the schools that offer AFROTC programs in Utah here.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|University of Utah||4-year, public||Salt Lake City, UT||$8,518||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Utah State University||4-year, public||Logan, UT||$7,426||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Brigham Young University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Provo, UT||$5,300||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Utah Valley University||4-year, public||Orem, UT||$5,530||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Weber State University||4-year, public||Ogden, UT||$5,523||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of Utah Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs
Utah is home to a few schools offering AFROTC programs on their own campuses as well as several schools that participate in AFROTC through cross-town agreements with these universities. Compare and contrast some of the available schools and their programs below.
University of Utah
The University of Utah offers participation in AFROTC Detachment 850 through its College of Social and Behavioral Science. The school offers a 3- or 4-year program that is open to undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor's degree. The program consists of aerospace studies courses and leadership lab courses for military training in addition to physical fitness assessments and a summer field training. Cadets who successfully complete the program are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. The detachment participates in several service projects in the community, including volunteering at the local VA hospital. Students can compete for scholarships as high school or college students.
Utah State University
Utah State University is home to AFROTC Detachment 860 through its Department of Aerospace Studies. Cadets in this program complete AFROTC coursework, physical training and leadership labs each week. Students may also choose to participate in extracurricular activities and service organizations, such as the Silver Wings, the Arnold Air Society, the Civil Air Patrol, Pershing Rifles/Honor Guard or other flight activities. Students can compete for AFROTC scholarships, and candidates pursuing technical majors, including engineering, math, chemistry and computer science, may be more likely to be awarded a scholarship.
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University offers participation in AFROTC to both undergraduate and graduate students. Students can participate in a 3- or 4-year program that consists of AFROTC coursework, physical training and leadership labs, which are divided into the General Military Course (GMC) and Professional Officer Course (POC) portions of the program. Cadets are also able to participate in the Arnold Air Society, the rifle drill team and the color guard if they would like. Students can apply for national AFROTC scholarships to help pay for expenses.
Utah Valley University
Students at Utah Valley University are able to participate in AFROTC through a cross-enrollment agreement with Brigham Young University, where they complete all of their AFROTC requirements. Students can participate in the 3- or 4-year program, and cadets in the traditional 4-year program are not committed to the Air Force until after the first two years unless they have an AFROTC scholarship. AFROTC course topics include the development of air power, national security, leadership and more. Students may be more likely to obtain an AFROTC scholarship if they are pursuing a technical major. Options at Utah Valley include chemistry, physics and computer science.
Weber State University
Weber State University has an inter-campus agreement that allows its students to participate in the AFROTC program at the University of Utah. Students can choose from a 2-, 3- or 4-year program if they are U.S. citizens and full-time students. Successful completion of the program not only results in an Air Force commission but also a minor in Aerospace Studies. Students can compete for scholarships by pursuing majors in such technical fields as mathematics, chemistry, computer science and physics.