Louisiana offers a diverse range of schools with Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) programs, including public and private institutions, as well as 2-year and 4-year schools. Compare and contrast a few of the different school options below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College||4-year, public||Baton Rouge, LA||$10,814||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Louisiana Tech University||4-year, public||Ruston, LA||$9,117||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Tulane University of Louisiana||4-year, private not-for-profit||New Orleans, LA||$51,010||AFROTC scholarships|
|Xavier University of Louisiana||4-year, private not-for-profit||New Orleans, LA||$23,046||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Baton Rouge Community College||2-year, public||Baton Rouge, LA||$4,221||AFROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of Louisiana Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs
Although Louisiana only offers three host schools with unique AFROTC programs, students can still select from plenty of participating cross-town institutions. Here we discuss the three unique programs, as well as a couple of participating cross-town schools.
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, more commonly known as LSU, is home to the 'Flying Tigers' of AFROTC Detachment 310. The program consists of the General Military Course (GMC) during freshman and sophomore year, followed by a summer field training and then the Professional Officer Course (POC) over junior and senior year. Both portions include Aerospace Studies courses, Leadership Lab and physical training. Cadets may also choose to participate in cadet organizations, such as Arnold Air Society, Silver Wings, Air Force Association and Pershing Rifles. Students can compete for high school scholarships, in-college scholarships or enlisted scholarships to help pay for school.
Louisiana Tech University
Louisiana Tech University houses AFROTC Detachment 305. Three- and four-year programs are available, and students can participate as undergraduate or graduate students. Students complete weekly AFROTC courses, physical training and Leadership Lab. Cadets may choose to participate in additional organizations, including Silver Wings, Arnold Air Society and Airpower Group. Students can compete for national AFROTC scholarships.
Tulane University of Louisiana
Tulane University of Louisiana offers participation in AFROTC Detachment 320. As in all programs, cadets participate in weekly physical training, Leadership Lab and AFROTC courses. Tulane University offers AFROTC students free tutoring in chemistry, math and physics to help with academics. Cadets can also choose to participate in a large range of activities, such as Civil Air Patrol aviation, color guard, intramural sports, honor guard, air shows and more. Students in a variety of majors can compete for AFROTC scholarships to help pay for expenses.
Xavier University of Louisiana
Xavier University of Louisiana is one of the additional 7 schools that participate in Tulane University's AFROTC Detachment 320. Cadets attend Xavier for their regular academic coursework but complete their AFROTC requirements at Tulane University, including physical training, Leadership Lab and AFROTC coursework. Course topics include the U.S. Air Force, air and space power, national security and leadership. Students can apply for national AFROTC scholarships to pay for tuition, fees and textbooks.
Baton Rouge Community College
Students at Baton Rouge Community College can participate in AFROTC Detachment 310 through a cross-enrollment agreement with LSU. Cadets from the community college are able to cross-enroll as first- and second-year participants in the program. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to LSU to complete their AFROTC requirements. National AFROTC scholarships are available.