There is no shortage of public and private colleges and universities throughout Virginia that allow participation in Army ROTC. Here we discuss a handful of the schools in the state that serve as host institutions for Army ROTC programs.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2017-2018)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|College of William and Mary||4-year, public||Williamsburg, VA||$22,044||Credit for military training, Army ROTC scholarships|
|Old Dominion University||4-year, public||Norfolk, VA||$10,050||Credit for military training, Army ROTC scholarships|
|University of Richmond||4-year, private not-for-profit||Richmond, VA||$50,910||Credit for military training, Army ROTC scholarships|
|University of Virginia||4-year, public||Charlottesville, VA||$16,853||Army ROTC scholarships|
|Virginia Military Institute||4-year, public||Lexington, VA||$18,214||Credit for military training, Army ROTC scholarships|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)||4-year, public||Blacksburg, VA||$13,230||Credit for military training, Army ROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Overview of Virginia Colleges with Army ROTC Programs
Virginia has a total of eleven schools that have unique Army ROTC programs for their students, and six of these schools also allow students from an additional eleven affiliated schools to participate in their programs. Find out more about the six schools in the state that serve as host institutions and their individual ROTC programs.
College of William and Mary
The College of William and Mary offers an Army ROTC program, known as the Revolutionary Guard Battalion, to its students and the students from Christopher Newport University. Students can participate in a 2- or 4-year program as undergraduate or graduate students. Cadets complete military science coursework and participate in physical training (PT) sessions and military labs for hands-on experience. Cadets may also choose to participate in Ranger Challenge (an Army skills competition), the Queen's Guard (color guard) or Pershing Riflemen. Students can apply for the 4-year national Army ROTC scholarship as a high school student, or apply for 2-, 3- and 4-year campus-based scholarships as college students.
Old Dominion University
Army ROTC Monarch Battalion is offered at Old Dominion University to the institution's students and students from Virginia Wesleyan College. Cadets complete the standard Army ROTC requirements of PT sessions, Leadership Lab and military science coursework. Interested students are able to join as freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors in college, but they must complete 2 years of Army ROTC before they can be commissioned into the Army. Students are encouraged to participate in other school clubs and organizations, such as Greek Life or SGA, as well as battalion activities, like Color Guard, Cannon Crew, Black and Gold Society, Army Ten Miler and more.
University of Richmond
Known as the Spider Battalion, Army ROTC at the University of Richmond is offered to both its students and students from Virginia Union University, Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Longwood University and Randolph Macon College. Cadets complete the required Army ROTC components, including military science coursework with various topics in leadership and military history. Cadets may also compete for special training opportunities, such as attending Air Assault School, Airborne School, Northern Warfare School or Mountain Warfare School. Students are eligible to apply for national Army ROTC scholarships, but they may also apply for the school's Vernon W. and Elsie Eldridge Satterwhite Memorial Scholarship or Robert L. Fergusson Scholarship.
University of Virginia
The University of Virginia offers participation in Army ROTC Cavalier Battalion to students on campus and those from Liberty University. Cadets complete the Basic Course in their first two years, followed by the Advanced Course. Both sections include military science coursework, PT sessions and Military Science Lab, and students may also participate in summer training opportunities. Cadets in the program can choose from a variety of activities and organizations, including Mosby's Rangers, Army Ten Miler, Ranger Challenge, Parade Rest, Flag the Lawn and Veteran's Day Dinner. Students can compete for scholarships that pay for tuition and books and provide monthly stipends.
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Military Institute offers the largest Army ROTC program in the country, known as the Marshall-New Market Battalion. Students at Virginia Military Institute, Mary Baldwin College and Washington and Lee University can participate, but they must complete Army ROTC as a 4-year program. The only way students can complete a 2-year program is by taking the Cadet Initial Entry Training Course (CIET), which is an intense training experience that satisfies the Basic Course requirements in a 28-day period. The traditional 4-year program contains the Basic and Advanced Courses that require drills, PT sessions and military science coursework. Cadets also have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research, service learning experiences, international programs and the Institute Honors Program.
Virginia Tech offers Army ROTC to its students and the students of Radford University. Interested students have the opportunity to visit campus and shadow a current cadet to experience some of the various battalion activities and learn more about the program and the school. Cadets can compete for 2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and may choose to join the National Guard or Army Reserve while in the program. Cadets may also choose to participate in Ranger Challenge or compete for special training opportunities, like Airborne School, the JFK Special Warfare Internship Program or the Army Science Board Internship Program.