Colleges with Navy ROTC

Dec 11, 2019

Learn about the standard structure of Navy ROTC programs across the country. See which schools offer NROTC programs and what sets them apart from each other.

Colleges and universities around the country offer Navy ROTC programs to students, sometimes in conjunction with a Marine option or a Navy Nurse option. Navy ROTC at any school includes academic coursework, physical fitness training, and military and leadership skills development. This article introduces a few schools with NROTC programs and describes the unique offerings of each one.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location 2017-2018 Tuition (in-state)* Scholarship Options
The University of Florida 4-year, Public Gainesville, FL $6,381 2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 4-year, Public Chapel Hill, NC $9,005 2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend
Marquette University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Milwaukee, WI $39,900 2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend
University of Kansas 4-year, Public Lawrence, KS $10,824 2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend
Citadel Military College of South Carolina 4-year, Public Charleston, SC $12,056 2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend
College of the Holy Cross 4-year, Private not-for-profit Worcester, MA $50,630 2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Overview of Colleges with Navy ROTC

Public and private universities participate in NROTC, preparing students across the country for careers as Navy officers. Any student on a two- to four-year Navy scholarship will graduate with a service requirement, and non-scholarship students can participate with or without incurring an obligation to serve. Below is more information on some of the colleges with NROTC programs you can choose from. In total, there are 77 universities offering ROTC scholarships across 63 Navy ROTC units. 14 universities do not have a unit on site but partner with a nearby unit at another university.

University of Florida

The NROTC within this huge public university (the student population was over 50,000 in 2018) offers a diverse array of academic options to midshipmen, with more than 150 undergraduate majors. This includes many of the technical majors within the Navy's tier 1 and tier 2 categories, which are those most-preferred by the service selection processes. The four-year program and the College Program options each prepare students for a potential Navy career in aviation, surface warfare, submarine warfare or one of several other areas. The University of Florida NRTOC also participates in enlisted commissioning programs for prior-enlisted military personnel in either the Navy or Marine Corps.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

UNC Chapel Hill allows any student from a major program within the Navy's three tier system to participate. In addition to major classes and general electives, midshipmen will take Naval Science classes each semester and participate in the standard physical fitness and leadership laboratory activities. Otherwise, UNC Chapel Hill's midshipmen are able to fully participate in other campus activities. NROTC students can join a sorority or fraternity, a sports team, or on-campus clubs and organizations. Some of the NROTC-affiliated activities open to midshipmen include the Drill Team, Color Guard and annual blood drive, as well as a variety of recreational events like cookouts, bowling and obstacle course challenges.

Marquette University

Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, hosts its own enrolled students as well as those from a few other Milwaukee schools. During the school year, midshipmen participate in leadership training, Naval Science classes and physical training while working toward their choice of major. Marquette University also offers a Navy Nurse Option, for nursing students to participate in NROTC to earn a commission as a Navy Nurse on graduation. In between academic years, midshipmen receive hands-on career and warfare training in a variety of areas in summer training programs. The programs midshipmen can select to attend include nuclear power, mountain warfare, afloat and ashore aviation, and foreign exchange.

University of Kansas

The Navy ROTC at the University of Kansas emphasizes camaraderie and a balanced college experience. Midshipmen in the Jayhawk Battalion can participate fully in university life, by joining clubs and organizations, attending sporting events, and choose their own classes and class schedule. NROTC activities typically occupy ten hours per week and include the Navy Lab, which involves guest speakers, leadership training and other activities. There is also early morning physical fitness training. Finally, every midshipman is required to choose a major competition team to join, such as the Endurance Team, the Rifle/Pistol Team, or the Drill or Color Guard.

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

The Citadel is home to the Corps of Cadets, which allows students from across the country to study in a traditional military system that emphasizes leadership and character development. Approximately 30% of all Citadel graduates earn a military commission, through the Navy ROTC or one of the school's other ROTC branches. Participation in the full NROTC program is mandatory for scholarship recipients and College Program participants, but other students are encouraged to join the training activities as well. The school also hosts an active duty contingent that is enrolled in the Seaman to Admiral program, or STA-21. Seamen who join the Citadel's STA-21 program gain leadership experience commanding the Citadel NROTC unit, and graduate with a bachelor's degree in any STEM field as well as an officer commission in the Navy.

College of the Holy Cross

Holy Cross is an undergraduate liberal arts college with a small student body of just 3,000. Navy ROTC students receive a liberal arts education and Naval Sciences education simultaneously, with one of the oldest NROTC battalions in the country. Non-midshipmen can also enroll in the Naval Science department's warfare, ethics, military history and leadership classes. For full program participants, physical fitness training in Holy Cross's athletic facilities complements the academics. Midshipmen also join annual summer training cruises and can attend special training programs like the Mountain Warfare training and Officer Candidates School.

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