ROTC programs are a great way to learn the honor and discipline of serving in the armed forces, but a military career isn't for everyone. For someone looking for a civilian job in addition to time in the service, a career as a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) is a lucrative opportunity. We've put together a list of five schools with strong dentistry programs as well as Navy ROTC (NROTC), so that a prospective student can compare these goals and possibly work toward both.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|University of Michigan||4-year, public||Ann Arbor, MI||$14,402||Full-tuition scholarship for NROTC, Naval base summer training|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||4-year, public||Chapel Hill, NC||$8,834||Full-tuition scholarship for NROTC, social gatherings|
|University of Washington - Seattle||4-year, public||Seattle, WA||$10,753||2-, 3-, or 4-year navy or marine corps scholarships, career orientation training, cruise to shadow enlisted personnel|
|University of Florida||4-year, public||Gainesville, FL||$6,381||NROTC scholarship opportunities, CORTRAMID, Project Go|
|University of Pennsylvania||4-year, private not-for-profit||Philadelphia, PA||$51,464||NROTC scholarship opportunities, freshman orientation program|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Colleges with Navy ROTC & Dental School Programs
Are you a student interested in becoming a Midshipman while a member of a Navy ROTC program, but also want to know what civilian education programs a university might have? We've gathered a list of five schools that have both a strong Navy ROTC program and some of the best-regarded dentistry school programs, so a student can decide between a military or civilian career - or maybe even have both. In addition to the school-specific NROTC scholarships, the Navy also has a Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) that may apply to your area of specialty.
University of Michigan
University of Michigan (UMich) is a 4-year public university located in Ann Arbor with about 45,000 students in 2016-2017, says NCES, with an award-winning dental school and a Navy ROTC program. UMich's DDS program is a 4-year, 11-semester offering that fosters critical thinking skills and independence, which are both skills valued in the Navy, as well. UMich provides dental education for those just starting all the way to longer PhD programs. The school's Navy ROTC program provides a full-tuition scholarship opportunity and summer training experiences on Navy bases for scholarship students, which could provide a nice change of scenery from the DDS program.
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Another school with a good reputation for its dentistry program and its Naval ROTC is University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (UNC), a campus of about 30,000 students in 2016-2017, according to NCES. UNC has several dental education programs, including working toward becoming a DDS, an undergraduate program in dental hygiene, and graduate dental education courses. Like UMich, UNC provides full tuition scholarships for eligible members of its Navy ROTC, and there are regular social functions for Midshipmen, such as Mess Nights and the Fall Ball. It may not be easy for a UNC student to juggle ROTC commitments and a dentistry education, but the rewards can be tremendous.
University of Washington - Seattle
For students on the west coast, the University of Washington - Seattle (UW), a school with around 45,500 students in 2016-2017, per NCES, could be a good place to put in Navy ROTC service or study to be a dentist. UW's dental school has several unique programs, such as Regional Initiative in Dental Education (RIDE) that trains students to practice dentistry in rural or underserved areas in the state. The school has several distinct departments in its dental program, such as pediatric dentistry and oral pathology, so a student can focus on a career path that interests them the most. In the Navy ROTC, a UW Midshipman is offered career training seminars to prepare them for life after college and a chance to shadow Naval personnel in learn their duties on regular cruises. Scholarships are available for spans of two, three, or four years.
University of Florida
The University of Florida (UF) is a school with around 52,000 students in 2016-2017, according to NCES, and its tuition is a bit lower than the other schools on this list, for prospective students who are concerned with the budget. The school's robust dentistry curriculum offers advanced and graduate education courses, and PhD study programs, in addition to its 4-year DMD program. The school also has community-based programs that have students assist in oral health centers in communities throughout Florida. For scholarship students in the school's Navy ROTC, UF offers Project Go, summer foreign language courses that can be useful for a sailor who gets stationed in another part of the world, as well as Career Orientation and Training of Midshipmen (CORTRAMID), which is a career seminar to help Midshipmen transition into a job after school.
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) is a private, not-for-profit 4-year university with a little under 25,000 students, says NCES in 2016-2017. This school has a long history with the armed forces, and a strong dental program. At the Penn School of Dental Medicine, a DMD student can take undergrad, graduate, or post-graduate dental education courses and can work toward degrees like a Master of Science in Oral Biology or a Doctor of Science in Dentistry. UPenn has a long tradition with the Navy dating back to the Revolutionary War, counting among its graduates the first Commandant of the Marine Corps. The school has a freshman orientation program designed to help ease the transition from high school student to Midshipman that spans the student's first months at the school and includes training in close-order drill and military leadership.