Texas is home to numerous institutions, both private and public, that offer Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) programs to interested students. Here we compare and explore a few of the available schools in Texas and their AFROTC programs.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|Baylor University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Waco, TX||$42,006||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|University of North Texas||4-year, public||Denton, TX||$10,153||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Texas A&M University||4-year, public||College Station, TX||$11,036||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|University of Houston||4-year, public||Houston, TX||$9,519||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Lone Star College System||2-year, public||The Woodlands, TX||$3,232||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|University of Texas-San Antonio||4-year, public||San Antonio, TX||$7,700||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Texas State University||4-year, public||San Marcos, TX||$9,605||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of Texas Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs
Although most AFROTC programs consist of similar program requirements, the different AFROTC programs in Texas vary in the additional activities, benefits and scholarship opportunities they offer their students. Compare and contrast some of the available AFROTC programs in Texas below.
Baylor University boasts one of the first AFROTC detachments in the nation, Detachment 810, which began in 1948. The school offers a New Cadet Orientation and a ROTC Residential Community for participating students. Students spend five to six hours a week completing the required coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab. The school offers additional student organizations, like Arnold Air Society, the Blue Knights Drill Team and Civil Air Patrol. Students can compete for national AFROTC scholarships, but Baylor also offers an additional $3,000 to students who have earned an AFROTC scholarship as a high school student and choose to live on-campus.
University of North Texas
The University of North Texas offers AFROTC Detachment 835. The school offers 2-, 3- and 4-year program options through its Department of Aerospace Studies. Textbooks for the ROTC courses and uniforms are free to students. Students can also participate in student organizations, such as the Cadet Honor Guard, Saber Team, Arnold Air Society or Rifle Drill Team. Four-year scholarships are available for incoming freshmen, as well as some scholarships for in-college students.
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University is home to the largest detachment in the country, AFROTC Detachment 805, with over 700 cadets. It is also one of the oldest detachments, since it began in the early 1920s, and cadets in the program consider themselves 'Keepers of the Spirit' and 'Guardians of Tradition.' Cadets are guaranteed on-campus housing and participate in four to six hours of AFROTC coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab a week. Students can apply for 2-, 3-, 3.5. and 4-year Air Force ROTC scholarships, as well as additional scholarships through the Corps of Cadets Scholarship programs and students pursuing medical school.
University of Houston
The University of Houston has AFROTC Detachment 003 for its students, as well as students from several additional institutions in the Houston area. The first two years of the program are called the General Military Course (GMC) and are followed by the Professional Officer Course (POC), both of which consist of AFROTC coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab. Students in the program may also choose to participate in Arnold Air Society, Color Guard or Drill Sabre Team. National AFROTC scholarships are available for both high school students and in-college students.
Lone Star College
Lone Star College is one of the additional 14 institutions that participate in AFROTC Detachment 003 at the University of Houston. Cadets can participate in the 3- or 4-year programs that are composed of coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab. Students also participate in a 4-week summer Field Training after sophomore year. Students complete all of their AFROTC requirements on the University of Houston's campus.
University of Texas-San Antonio
The University of Texas-San Antonio serves its students and students from several surrounding schools with AFROTC Detachment 842. The 4-year program is made up of AFROTC coursework, physical training and Leadership Lab that is lead by senior cadets. Cadets also complete Field Training after sophomore year to undergo survival training, weapons training and physical conditioning. Scholarships are available to high school students, freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and even graduate students.
Texas State University
Texas State University is home to AFROTC Detachment 840 through the school's Department of Aerospace Studies. Students can participate in a 3- or 4-year program with physical training, Leadership Lab and coursework in topics like the history of the Air Force, foreign affairs and defense policy. Expeditionary field tactics are a newer part of the cadet training. Students can participate in various AFROTC activities, including Honor Guard, a formal ball and socials. Scholarships are available to high school seniors and current college students to help pay for school.