Students in Kentucky have 18 schools to choose from that allow participation in Army ROTC, either through being a host institution or through partnerships. Of all the host schools, the University of Kentucky is the most well connected. Continue reading for an in-depth look at each host school and the program it offers.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-State Tuition (2017-2018)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|Eastern Kentucky University||4-year, public||Richmond, KY||$9,366||Credit for military training, Army ROTC scholarships, school-based room and board scholarships|
|Morehead State University||4-year, public||Morehead, KY||$8,950||Credit for military training, Army ROTC scholarships|
|University of Kentucky||4-year, public||Lexington, KY||$11,942||Credit for military training, Army ROTC scholarships|
|University of Louisville||4-year, public||Louisville, KY||$11,264||Credit for military training, Army ROTC scholarships|
|Western Kentucky University||4-year, public||Bowling Green, KY||$10,202||Credit for military training, Army ROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Overview of Kentucky Colleges with Army ROTC Programs
Kentucky is home to five host schools that offer participation in Army ROTC to their students and students from a total of thirteen affiliated institutions. This allows aspiring cadets from all over the state to choose a school that's as close to home as possible. Here we discuss the five host schools and what makes their Army ROTC programs unique.
Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Kentucky University has offered an Army ROTC program, known as The Colonel's Battalion, to its students since 1936, and today students from Union College and the University of the Cumberlands may also participate. As one of the first campuses to start a ROTC program, the curriculum is rigorous and has one of the best leadership programs.
Undergraduate and graduate cadets in the program participate in physical training (PT) sessions, Military Labs and take military science coursework with topics in the army, leadership and decision-making, and training management. High school students can apply for national Army ROTC scholarships to help pay for tuition, books and provide a monthly stipend, and Eastern Kentucky will also award scholarship holders additional scholarships for room and board. Current undergraduate students may also apply for 3-, 3.5- and 4-year scholarships.
While in the program, cadets participate in a wide range of Army ROTC events, including Drill Meets, Military Ball, 9/11 Ceremony and Battalion Patching Ceremony. They may also choose to participate in special teams, such as the Ranger Challenge Team, Mountain Man Teams, Best Ranger Teams and Pershing Rifles Company R-1.
Morehead State University
Morehead State University offers Army ROTC through its Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; students from University of Pikeville can also participate. The curriculum is offered as a 4-year and a 2-year program so that all students, whether they're incoming freshman, transfers, or current students, can participate as long as they meet the ROTC prerequisites.
Known as the Eagle Battalion, the school's Army ROTC has unique facilities that include an indoor rifle range, a military library, cadet classrooms, cadet offices and more. Students complete the standard Army ROTC requirements of military science coursework, PT sessions and Military Lab. In addition, all cadets can use up to 28 credit hours of ROTC coursework as electives towards the degree of their choice. When it comes to financial aid, high school students can apply for the national Army ROTC scholarships, while current students can compete for campus-based aid. Some freshman scholarships are major based, such as nursing ROTC, and are awarded to applicants who have a certain ACT score. To keep all these scholarships, cadets typically need to maintain a certain GPA throughout their college studies.
University of Kentucky
Known as the Wildcat Battalion, the Army ROTC program at the University of Kentucky has been commissioning officers for over 100 years. The school's program also serves students from Asbury University, Kentucky State University, Centre College, Midway University, Transylvania University and Georgetown College. As one of the oldest military training institutions, this school is highly respected and has deep-rooted partnerships with affiliated state colleges. This opens a variety of possibilities to aspiring cadets in terms of major selection, location proximity, and resources available.
Once enrolled, cadets take courses in military science, complete physical fitness training and participate in training exercises. This curriculum also has specialized programs to prepare graduates for multiple career paths including force sustainment, health services, maneuver fires and effects, and operations support. Furthermore, cadets attend special events, like Army Ten Miler, Norwegian Ruck Walk, Mission Impossible, Dean's Run and more. Cadets even help provide security at the university's football games under the guidance of the university's police department, which allows them to get hands-on safety experience and training while still on campus.
University of Louisville
The University of Louisville offers participation in the Cardinal Battalion Army ROTC to its students and students from Spalding University, Bellarmine University and Indiana University Southeast. As the only host school that has a partnership with a school in another state, this gives potential cadets a solid education while giving them the option to experience life in a different locale.
Interested high school students can apply for 4- or 5-year national Army ROTC scholarships, while current college students can apply for campus-based scholarships. Those studying nursing can get a 2- to 3.5-year scholarship and become part of the Army Nurse Corps after graduation as a second lieutenant. Active duty students can qualify for the Green to Gold scholarship, which may be awarded as 2-, 3- or 4-year amounts. As a part of their regimen, the battalion undergoes first aid training, rappelling and exercises in day and night land navigation. Past events that cadets have participated in include Flags for the Fallen, joint leadership development exercise with the University of Kentucky, Buddy Ranger Competition and Change of Command Ceremony.
Western Kentucky University
The Hilltopper Army ROTC program is offered at Western Kentucky University for students at the school and those at Murray State University. Despite having only one partnership, WKU offers training at historic locations and abroad. Cadets can choose to either major or minor in military science, and for those qualified, can attend Army schools like Airborne, Northern Warfare, or Air Assault. All of these opportunities can lead to a plethora of education pathways that helps broaden their options after graduation.
While enrolled, cadets take their Basic Course the first two years of the program, followed by the Advanced Course the next two years. Both sections require PT sessions, Military Lab and military science coursework. Some of the topics they study include mountaineering and leadership, military doctrine and advanced tactical skills. The Advanced Course also includes a mandatory five-week summer training session to test cadets' leadership and decision-making skills. Some of the basic courses include training at Fort Knox. Cadets in the program can apply for national Army ROTC or campus-based scholarships to pay for school expenses.