Colleges with Navy ROTC Scholarships

Mar 09, 2018

Learn about some of the schools around the country with Navy ROTC programs, as well as the scholarships they offer to prepare students for a career as a commissioned officer.

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Colleges and universities all over the country offer Navy ROTC programs to students, sometimes in conjunction with a Marine option or a Navy nursing program. Incoming freshmen interested in joining an NROTC program for all four years of college can apply for the Navy's National Scholarship, but other scholarship options exist for currently enrolled students. This article introduces a few schools with NROTC programs and describes the scholarship offerings of each one.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location In-state Tuition (2017-2018)* Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits
Iowa State University 4-year, Public Ames, IA $8,636 National Scholarship; College Program 4- 3- and 2-year scholarships
University of Maine 4-year, Public Orono, ME $10,902 National Scholarship with free room and board; College Program 4- 3- and 2-year scholarships
University of California - Berkeley 4-year, Public Berkeley, CA $14,170 National scholarship; College Program 2- and 3-year scholarships
Pennsylvania State University 4-year, Public University Park, PA $18,436 National scholarship; College program 4- 3- and 2-year scholarships
Boston College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Chestnut Hill, MA $53,346 National scholarship; College Program 2- and 3-year scholarships
University of Florida 4-year, Public Gainesville, FL $6,381 National scholarship; College Program 2- and 3-year scholarships

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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Overview of Colleges with Navy ROTC Scholarships

Schools with a Navy ROTC program often provide students with multiple options for participating, and for receiving scholarship benefits. The National Scholarship covers full tuition, books and a monthly stipend, in exchange for a minimum of five years of active duty military service. Freshman and sophomores who did not receive a National Scholarship can typically apply for a two- or three-year scholarship and receive a navy commission through the NROTC's College Program.

Iowa State University

This large public university has over 100 undergraduate majors, including many of the Navy ROTC's priority majors in the fields of engineering, math and science. In addition to their major of choice, midshipmen must take at least one naval science class each semester which cover topics including warfare, navigation and leadership. Iowa State students have the opportunity to participate in any number of activities such as intramural sports, professional societies and community projects. As a way of fostering comradery, the NROTC also hosts multiple social events each year like formal balls and dinners. With a National Scholarship, tuition, books and summer training cruises are covered by the Navy for all four years of study, and students receive a small monthly stipend.

University of Maine

The University of Maine partners with the Maine Maritime Academy and Husson University in a cross-town agreement that combines students enrolled at any of these schools into one NROTC unit. You will study full-time at the University of Maine and participate in most training exercises on campus, however, some events are held at the Maine Maritime Academy. The University of Maine sets itself apart from other NROTC colleges by providing full room and board for any student on a National Scholarship. Students who did not receive a National Scholarship or who joined NROTC after beginning college can participate in the College Program, and apply for both two- and three-year scholarships or re-apply for the four-year national scholarship during the fall semester of their freshmen year. Anyone who receives a scholarship or achieves Advanced Standing in the College Program is eligible to be commissioned as an Unrestricted Line Officer after graduation.

University of California - Berkeley

UC Berkeley is home to one of the oldest ROTC programs in the country and trains a unit comprising 50-60 midshipmen. It is also in a cross-town agreement with several nearby universities that send students to participate in training on the UC Berkeley campus. In addition to standard leadership and physical fitness training, students benefit from a lecture series, hosted by the NROTC each year, that brings a distinguished professional to campus for a series of talks on specific national security topics. UC Berkeley participates in the Navy National Scholarship program that provides four-year tuition coverage via a competitive application process. The school also has a College Program for students to participate without a scholarship, or to apply for additional scholarship opportunities after enrolling.

Pennsylvania State University

While Penn State doesn't offer NROTC at any of its branch campuses, its main campus in University Park is home to one of the largest battalions in the country, with around 180 midshipmen. As with the other NROTC schools on this list, Penn State NROTC students can apply for a National Scholarship as a high school student, or join NROTC and apply for the College Program which offers four, three or two-year scholarships to earn a commission into the Navy. Penn State also offers several special programs in addition to the National Scholarship and College Program, particularly for already-enlisted personnel. Enlisted sailors and marines who are motivated to become officers can earn a college degree at Penn State through the Seaman to Admiral-21 program or the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Educational Program (MECEP), respectively. Penn State nursing students can concurrently enroll in the Navy Nurse Corps program to compete for scholarships and prepare to enter the Navy Nursing community upon graduation.

Boston College

Boston College is a medium-sized liberal arts college with a rich student life. There are more than 270 on-campus clubs and organizations, and sports opportunities ranging from Division I athletics to intramural leagues. NROTC midshipmen are trained in leadership and service within this environment, and are required to complete the naval science curriculum in addition to their major of choice. Boston College's NROTC also requires students to complete calculus, physics and American history coursework if they plan to compete for a two- or three-year scholarship within the College Program. For this reason, selecting a major that encompasses those classes is helpful for midshipmen and doing additional coursework in those areas may make them more competitive scholarship applicants.

University of Florida

The NROTC within this huge public university (the student population stands at over 50,000) is proud of the diversity of academic options that exist 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. Selecting a major within these tiers benefits students hoping to compete for College Program scholarships, which the University of Florida offers alongside the National Scholarship. Each of these programs prepares students for a potential Navy career in aviation, surface warfare, submarine warfare or one of several other areas. The University of Florida NROTC also participates in enlisted commissioning programs for prior-enlisted military personnel in either the Navy or Marine Corps.

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