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Army ROTC Schools in New York City

Mar 15, 2018

This article lists and describes multiple schools across New York City offering Army ROTC programs. Get an overview of the school as well as detailed information about Army ROTC and scholarship opportunities.

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College students all over New York City can participate in an Army ROTC program, whether their university hosts one or is partnered with one of the primary host programs. These partnerships allow schools to share Army ROTC resources so that students can take advantage of the diversity of schools to choose from within the city.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location 2017-2018 Tuition (in-state)* Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits
St. John's University 4-year, Private Queens, NY $40,520 2-, 3-, and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend
Columbia University 4-year, Private New York, NY $57,208 2-, 3-, and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice 4-year, Public New York, NY $7,070 Financial assistance programs for military students
Pace University - New York 4-year, Private New York, NY $43,986 2-, 3-, and 4-year scholarships
Fordham University 4-year, Private Bronx, NY $50,986 2-, 3-, and 4-year scholarships
CUNY - Brooklyn College 4-year, Public Brooklyn, NY $7,040 2-, 3-, and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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Overview of Army ROTC schools in New York City

There are three primary Army ROTC host universities in New York City: Fordham University, the City University of New York (CUNY), and St. John's University. However, these three schools accept students from dozens of others across the city into their ROTC training programs. Students enroll full-time at the college of their choice, in the major of their choice, and commute to the host school when necessary for ROTC training and coursework. Below is more information about a few of the schools offering Army ROTC.

Saint John's University

St. John's University is a private, Catholic school with competitive athletics and a wide variety of academic programs. It is one of the host universities for Army ROTC in New York City, meaning that ROTC students train alongside students enrolled at multiple other schools across the city. The Army ROTC is located within the university's Department of Military Science and is open to all students, whether or not they pursue a military commission. Students with previous military experience can also enroll and may be eligible to skip the two-year Basic Course and begin immediately with the Advanced Course.

Columbia University

This Ivy League school boasts high quality academics and is a world-renowned center for research. Prospective undergraduate students face a competitive admissions process, but those who are accepted become part of a diverse student body and can take advantage of the extensive facilities and opportunities offered by the university. Army ROTC students at Columbia do their coursework and training at nearby Fordham University. They can opt to participate in ROTC as an elective, joining Fordham students for two years for physical fitness and leadership training, or they can seek a commission into the Active Duty Army, Army Reserve, or U.S. National Guard. Commission contracts are awarded to students based on academic standing in their major at Columbia University, as well as their ROTC performance.

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a liberal arts school with the theme of 'justice' at the heart of all its programs. Approximately 40% of undergraduate students major in criminal justice, but there are 30 other programs to choose from as well. The school offers multiple programs and resources for students interested in a military career, including financial assistance for Army ROTC students. It is particularly supportive of veteran students, with dedicated veteran and active duty military services and special resources like admission support and enrollment break programs. Students participating in Army ROTC programs normally enroll at the CUNY City College of New York. The program includes academic classes, leadership and physical fitness training and off-campus summer training programs. Cadets who complete the four-year program are eligible for commission as a lieutenant.

Pace University

Pace offers the choice of more than 100 undergraduate majors and takes full advantage of its location in New York's financial district to provide a rich student life and numerous professional opportunities. It particularly prides itself on its status as one of the best-ranked colleges in the country for student upward economic mobility. The university partners with both St. John's University and Fordham University to extend Army ROTC to its students. For those wishing to compete for a commission as an Army officer, Pace offers two-, three- and four-year tuition coverage based on merit and academic performance of cadets. Otherwise, any student can take ROTC coursework as an elective alongside their academic program of choice.

Fordham University

Fordham University is home to an Army ROTC program made up of students from 30 colleges and universities around New York City. Participating students will do physical training three times per week on campus, and class and leadership lab once per week. Cadets at Fordham who receive an Army scholarship are provided with a free room while studying. Graduates of the full program who received a scholarship can serve in the Active Duty Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard. Current military members are also eligible to participate in Fordham's Army ROTC to become an officer through the Army's Green to Gold program.

CUNY - Brooklyn College

The City University of New York (CUNY) is a large network of schools across the city, of which Brooklyn College is one. Army ROTC students at any CUNY campus will participate in military science classes at either the City College of New York or York College campuses. Students who are already enrolled in college can begin by taking the two-year Basic Course or attend a cadet summer training program in Kentucky to then enroll directly in the Advanced Course. Like Fordham University, Brooklyn College participates in the Army Green to Gold program for enlisted personnel, as well as the Simultaneous Membership Program for Army Reserve or U.S. National Guard members. Scholarships are available for high school students and current college students who are looking to become commissioned lieutenants.

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