The Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NROTC) commissions midshipmen and gives them a choice of which Navy career path they wish to pursue: Navy Option, Marine Option, or Nurse Option. The universities listed below are high-ranking, both for their military compatibility and for their undergraduate mechanical engineering programs. We will explore the features that stand out for each school.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-state Tuition (2017-2018)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Purdue University Polytechnic Institute||4-year, Public||Lafayette, Indiana||$6,518||National ROTC Scholarship, ROTC Non-Scholarship|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||4-year, Public||Atlanta, Georgia||$12,418||National 2-Year, 3-Year and 4-Year Scholarships, College Program|
|University of Michigan||4-Year, Public||Ann Arbor, Michigan||$14,826||College Program, Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MCECEP), NROTC Scholarship|
|Carnegie Mellon University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||$53,910||NROTC Scholarships, College Program, NROTC Nurse Scholarship|
|Cornell University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Ithaca, New York||$52,853||NRTOC 3-Year Scholarships, College Program|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Colleges with Naval ROTC and Mechanical Engineering Programs
The NROTC offers three career paths midshipmen can choose to pursue: the Navy Option, the Marine Option, and the Nurse Option. While training and preparing for the Navy, a student can also earn an undergraduate degree in one of the quality mechanical engineering program listed below.
Purdue University was tied at #6 in 2018 on U.S. News & World Report's list of Best Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Programs.
Outside the classroom, Purdue's Naval ROTC offers activities such as the Pistol and Rifle Team, Drill Team, Color Guard, and Semper Fidelis. Other activities include pizza parties, picnics, the Birthday Ball, and Senior Class Mess Night. Midshipmen under scholarship must attend the Summer Cruise training programs, during which they visit submarines, aircraft, squadrons, and surface combatants. The ROTC has a mandatory 5-day Fall Freshman Orientation, which includes a outdoor grill party upon graduation. The ROTC midshipmen must participate in cleaning the stadium the morning following each home football game.
Georgia Institute of Technology
In 2018, Georgia Institute of Technology came in at #3 on U.S. News & World Report's ranking of Best Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Programs.
The Naval ROTC at Georgia Institute of Technology has a Marine Option for midshipmen who wish to pursue their military career in the Marine Corps. The ROTC holds three one-month summer cruises through the Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) program, which midshipmen must attend. On the cruises, midshipmen learn basic principles and work aboard ships and submarines located around the world.
University of Michigan
In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked University of Michigan #4 on its list of Best Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Programs.
University of Michigan's NROTC program's typical weekly schedule involves a Naval Science class, 2-hour drills, and physical training. Outside the classroom, the program offers sports, Color Guard, Drill Team, and the Endurance Team. Midshipmen must attend three summer cruises that provide hands-on training aboard submarines and ships located around the globe.
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University's mechanical engineering program ranked #11 on U.S. News & World Report's 2018 list of Best Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Programs.
Carnegie Mellon's NROTC has three career options midshipmen can pursue the Navy Option, Marine Option, and Nurse Option. The Navy Option has four specialty career paths; midshipmen can choose from submarine, special operations, aviation, and surface. The Marine Option prepares the midshipmen for Officer Candidate School to join the Marine Corps. The Nurse Option prepares the midshipmen to work at naval hospitals located anywhere around the world on land and sea through the Navy Nurse Corps.
The 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranks Cornell University at #9 on the Best Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Programs list.
Cornell University acclimates their freshmen interested in NROTC by holding an Orientation Week (O-week) to build camaraderie, perform physical training and introduce military customs. The NROTC emphasizes physical conditioning by battalion physical training workouts, Drill Labs, rock climbing, paintball, sailing, martial arts, and Drill Competition's Military Excellence Tournament. The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) for Marines option and Physical Readiness Test (PRT) for the Navy options are given twice each semester.