If you're a high school student or a college freshman looking for a way to gain leadership experience and serve your country at the same time, a college ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program could be a perfect fit. Many schools throughout Michigan have Army ROTC programs to prepare students for time in the Army and beyond, all with different perks and courses. Follow this list of Michigan schools with Army ROTC programs to learn about summer training, exclusive clubs, and more.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state)*||Military-Friendly Programs Offered|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||4-year, public||Ann Arbor, MI||$14,402||Summer cadet training|
|Michigan State University||4-year, public||East Lansing, MI||$14,062||ROTC scholarship, Pathfinders and Ranger 1 clubs|
|Michigan Technological University||4-year, public||Houghton, MI||$14,634||Weekly leadership lab, LDAC|
|Northern Michigan University||4-year, public||Marquette, MI||$9,766||Military science minor, APFT|
|Eastern Michigan University||4-year, public||Ypsilanti, MI||$11,209||Color Guard, military science minor|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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ROTC programs all prepare students with the skills they'll need in the armed forces, but they're not all identical. If you're looking for an Army ROTC program in Michigan, you could find schools that offer benefits like full scholarships, special leadership labs, summer programs on military bases, and plenty more. We've provided a list of five Michigan schools to give a curious reader a taste of the Army ROTC programs that are available.
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
University of Michigan (UM), a school of about 45,000 students located in the college town of Ann Arbor, has an Army ROTC program driven by its two-stage summer cadet training. The summer training sees cadets heading to Fort Knox in Kentucky for four weeks on the second and third summers of the student's time in the ROTC. There, the cadets experience Army life first-hand and learn skills like water rationing and squad tactics that will be valuable during time in the service. In addition to the summer program, UW cadets take classes on leadership, plan ROTC school events, and more.
Michigan State University
Another Michigan school with a well-regarded Army ROTC is Michigan State University (MSU), a school with just over 50,000 students. MSU offers its cadets a chance at an ROTC scholarship that will pay for tuition, room, and board, as well as a monthly stipend of up to $500. The school also has several ROTC-exclusive clubs and activities that meet on campus; joining one or several could help foster a better sense of community, not to mention networking opportunities in the service and beyond. The Pathfinders Orienteering Club meets weekly to develop members' navigation and leadership skills, while Ranger 1 helps cadets with advanced physical fitness and combat arms leadership.
Michigan Technological University
For a student looking for a smaller campus, Michigan Technological University (MTU) is a school of about 7,200 students in far northern Michigan near Lake Superior. Despite being a smaller school, MTU still has a robust Army ROTC program to take advantage of. MTU's ROTC hosts a weekly leadership lab every Thursday in addition to the regular ROTC courses, and there is also a strong emphasis on regular one-hour physical fitness sessions. Additionally, cadets at MTU have the option to attend the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), an Army-sponsored training program held at Fort Knox. Airborne training or cultural and language training in a foreign country are among the summer options for cadets after their second year.
Northern Michigan University
Like MTU, Northern Michigan University (NMU) is another small campus in Northern Michigan, with a student body count of around 7,900. NMU offers a military science minor that focuses on leadership and American military history courses, all of which will prove useful in the Army as well as any career pursued after discharge. NMU also offers several physical fitness training regiments so that Army ROTC members can keep their bodies conditioned. These include the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), a twice-semester physical fitness course that consists of push-ups, sit-ups, and a run with short rest breaks in-between.
Eastern Michigan University
Army ROTC has long been important in Eastern Michigan University (EMU), a school of around 21,000 students in the southeast of the state. In fact, for a long time after the program was introduced it was mandatory, though that's no longer the case. Like NMU, EMU has a well-regarded military science minor where a prospective student can take several leadership courses designed to prepare them for an officer position in the Army. ROTC members can also apply to be part of the school's Color Guard, a prestigious ceremonial position that involves holding standards during on-campus events such as graduation.