Students looking to participate in an Army ROTC program will find plenty of options for doing so at schools across Texas. Texas Army ROTC programs provide leadership training as a college elective with or without an obligation to commission as an Army lieutenant on graduation. Read on for details on some of the state's participating schools, including program structure and scholarship opportunities.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||2017-2018 Tuition (in-state)*||Scholarship Opportunities|
|Texas State University||4-year, Public||San Marcos, TX||$9,985||4-year scholarships with monthly stipend|
|Texas Woman's University||4-year, Public||Denton, TX||$7,486||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
|Baylor University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Waco, TX||$43,790||Up to 5-year scholarships with monthly stipend|
|University of Texas at Austin||4-year, Public||Austin, TX||$10,398||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
|St. Mary's University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||San Antonio, TX||$29,300||Various merit-based scholarships|
|Texas Tech University||4-year, Public||Lubbock, TX||$8,860||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of Army ROTC Schools in Texas
There are many types of schools in Texas with Army ROTC programs, from small liberal arts colleges to large public universities. All offer a program comprising a two-year Basic Course followed by a two-year Advanced Course, combining physical training, military science education and leadership development.
Texas State University
Texas State University, located within the Austin metropolitan area, has a diverse student body of more than 38,000. Undergraduate students can choose from 98 majors and participate in Army ROTC alongside their program of choice. Students can complete the two-year Basic Course as an elective, without incurring any military obligation. Those who go on to the Advanced Course have the opportunity to participate in Army summer camps and leadership exercises, and they're eligible to be commissioned into the U.S. Army on graduation. All Texas State cadets attend a weekly leadership laboratory, where they learn and practice military and leadership skills.
Texas Woman's University
Texas Woman's University is the largest university primarily for women in the U.S., although it has also accepted male students since 1972. It offers a liberal arts education and has a particular focus on healthcare, education and nursing. Students from Texas Woman's University who wish to participate in Army ROTC join the battalion of the nearby University of North Texas. The opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and scholarships covering tuition for two, three or four years of school are offered on a competitive basis. Texas Woman's University is also consistently listed as a Military Friendly School for its support of military veterans, and for the special resources available to those with military affiliations.
Baylor University is a private Christian university that prides itself on being a nationally ranked research institution. Army ROTC at Baylor offers students the opportunity to gain leadership experience and physical fitness training without missing out on other student activities. These include over 300 clubs and organizations, Greek life, and Division I athletics. Army ROTC participants can also join the Corps of Cadets, a club designed to strengthen camaraderie and support cadets in the Bear Battalion. Baylor's Army ROTC program provides opportunities for anyone seeking an Army officer commission, including currently enlisted personnel, nursing students, and veterans.
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is the Army ROTC host university for a number of schools in the area, giving its students the opportunity to form part of a diverse battalion. The UT Austin ROTC program incorporates weekly leadership laboratories, academic coursework in military science, and physical fitness training to prepare students for careers as Army officers. There is no service obligation for freshman and sophomore students, but for those who know they are interested in a military career, scholarships are available to cover tuition or room and board for up to four years. While studying, cadets can join one of several ROTC-affiliated organizations, including the Sandhurst Team or the Color Guard.
St. Mary's University
St. Mary's is another Texas university with cross-enrollment agreements with several nearby schools. St. Mary's students can begin the Army ROTC program at any point in their college career, as long as they have at least two years of school left. Those who wish to do the Advanced Course but don't have a full four years can complete the 29-day Leader's Training Course instead of the Basic Course. The theoretical and practical components of the Army ROTC curriculum include subjects such as land navigation, marksmanship and rappelling, along with leadership and management practice.
Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University is a public research school in Lubbock, a town of approximately 240,000 people. Students can take part in more than 400 campus clubs and organizations as well as intramural sports and community service. Texas Tech's Army ROTC program offers scholarships for high school or college students, as well as for enlisted soldiers who wish to become officers. These scholarships are offered on a competitive basis, but recipients receive full tuition for their remaining college years, in addition to monthly living stipends and other benefits. Texas Tech students can, however, participate in the two-year Basic Course as an elective without incurring any obligation to the U.S. Army, unless they are scholarship recipients.