Best Colleges for Army ROTC

Jun 25, 2018

The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a leadership program that trains high school students, college students, and enlisted soldiers to become Army Officers. This is a list of some of the best colleges for Army ROTC.

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The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a leadership program that trains high school students, college students, and enlisted soldiers to become Army Officers. This is a list of some of the best colleges for Army ROTC.

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School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In State 2017-2018)* Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits
Virginia Military Institute 4-year, Public Lexington, Virginia $18,214 Merit Scholarships, Virginia Military Survivors & Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP), ACE credit
Georgia Military College 4-year, Public Milledgeville, Georgia $6,124 ACE, Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR), Chapter 35 - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
The University of North Georgia 4-year Public Dahlonega, Georgia $4,421 ACE credit, ROTC Grant , University of North Georgia (UNG) Military Scholarship Loan Program, University of North Georgia ROTC Grant, Georgia National Guard Service Cancelable Loan, Georgia HERO Scholarship program, Military Tuition Assistance, Tillman Scholar Program, University of North Georgia Military Scholarship Loan Program
Norwich University 4-year, Private Northfield, Vermont $38,662 ACE credit, Campus-Based Scholarship Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship (GRFD), Minuteman Scholarship, General I.D. White scholarship
Valley Forge Military College 2-year, Private Wayne, Pennsylvania $29,975 ACE credit, Academic Scholarships, Regimental Band, Woman's Leadership Award, Valley Forge ROTC Grant, Service Award, Endowed and Annual Scholarships, Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative, U.S. Army Early Commissioning ROTC Scholarship, International Woman's Leadership Award, International Merit Awards, Army ROTC ECP Scholarship(Ike Skelton Scholarship)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Best Colleges for Army ROTC

The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a leadership training program that grooms students and enlisted soldiers to become Army Officers. Army ROTC programs are available at more than 1,100 U.S. educational institutions. Read on for an informative compilation of a few of the best colleges for Army ROTC.

Virginia Military Institute

According to their website, out of all ROTC programs in the U.S., Virginia Military Institutes' (VMI) Army ROTC has produced the most Army generals and has commissioned the most Second Lieutenants. Cadets commissioning from VMI are usually granted their preferred occupational specialty or branch selection. VMI requires their cadets to participate in ROTC for all four years. During those four years, cadets hold and attend several events including concerts, movies, a ski trip, homecoming, and formals (Midwinter and Ring Figure). VMI has the following training areas on campus: an outdoor rifle, land navigation, and obstacle courses; indoor 9mm range; and a rappelling 180-foot cliff.

Georgia Military College

Georgia Military College (GMC) is one of the five United States Military Junior Colleges appointed by the Department of the Army. Cadets who aspire to be an Army Officer may participate in GMC's Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program. They are commissioned in two years upon earning their associate's degree. After graduating from GMC, commissioned cadets must serve in the Army Reserves or the Army National Guard. During their service, they are expected to attend a 4-year college to obtain a bachelor's degree.

University of North Georgia

Appointed a Senior Military College, the University of North Georgia's Corps of Cadets has the best leadership development program in the United States. Upon entry into the Corps of Cadets, also referred to as the Boar's Head Brigade, new cadets must complete FROG week, which is a week of basic training. All cadets must live in the military residence halls for at least three of their four years at UNC. During their four years, they may participate in one or more of these cadet organizations: Aggressor Platoon, Colombo, Ranger Challenge, Blue Ridge Rifles, Rifle Team, Patriot Choir, Color Guard, Golden Eagle Band, and Cadet Chaplain Corps.

Norwich University

America's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) was founded at Norwich University. The ROTC at Norwich has the most active duty commissions in the United States. Norwich has a wide range of ROTC activities that cadets participate in, such as Ranger Company, Mountain Cold Weather Company, and the Norwich Artillery Battery. During their ROTC involvement, cadets are encouraged to attend Army schools such as Dive, Tracker or Jungle School.

Valley Forge Military College

Valley Forge Military College offers an Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program which enables freshman to become a U.S. Army Second Lieutenant in two years. Valley Forge Military College has 249 enrolled students, according to the NCES. All students wear the Valley Forge Military College uniform. The students live and eat together in companies and reside in single-sex Barracks. New cadets are given immediate military exposure as Plebes through the Plebe System.

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