Prospective military students who wish to participate in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program while pursuing an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E) degree may want to consider the universities on this list.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-state Tuition (2017-2018)*||Financial Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||4-year Private||Cambridge, Massachusetts||$49,892||College Credit for Military Training|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||4-year, Public||Atlanta, Georgia||$12,418||College Credit for Military Training, 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)|
|University of Michigan||4-year, Public||Ann Arbor, Michigan||$14,826||College Credit for Military Training, 8 General Veteran and Dependent Scholarships, 10 Scholarships and Grants for Military Personnel and Veterans, 16 Scholarships and Grants for Spouses and Dependents, 8 Scholarships and Grants for Surviving Spouses and Descendants|
|Purdue University||4-year, Public||West Lafayette, Indiana||$9,992||College Credit for Military Training, National Guard Supplemental Grant, National Guard Extension Scholarship, Child of a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, MyCAA|
|Texas A&M University||4-year, Public||College Station, Texas||$11,234||College Credit for Military Training, Active Duty/Veterans Scholarships, Texas A&M Scholarships, Veteran Dependents/Spouses Scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Colleges with ROTC and Engineering Programs
The universities on this list have extensive undergraduate engineering degree programs and offer multiple ROTC programs for students aspiring to graduate from college as an Officer in the military with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E). We will explore branch-specific ROTC training and engineering classroom instruction at each university.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT, ranked #1 in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs by the U.S. News & World Report in 2018, hosts the Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC leadership development programs. MIT offers undergrad engineering degrees in the following areas of study: Aeronautics and Astronautics; Biological; Chemical; Civil and Environmental; Electrical and Computer Science; Materials Science; Mechanical; and Nuclear Science.
At MIT, students in ROTC have many learning and skill-building opportunities available. Air Force ROTC cadets undergo training in marksmanship, self-defense, rock climbing, and drills in addition to speaking at events and participating in career days and competitions. The Army ROTC cadets learn military techniques such as negotiating obstacles, descending cliffs, and orienteering land courses and may sign up for summer internships or training programs in Mountain Warfare, Air Assault, and Army Airborne. Navy cadets visit active duty naval stations and vessels, practice marine piloting on training watercraft and train for one summer on a shore-based active duty vessel.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Tied #4 on the list of best undergraduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2018, the Georgia Institute of Technology has Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force ROTC programs. Georgia Tech offers Bachelor of Science Engineering degrees in the following: Aerospace; Biomedical; Chemical and Biomolecular; Civil and Environmental; Electrical and Computer; Industrial and Systems; Materials Science; and Mechanical.
The Army ROTC cadets may participate in the Ranger Challenge, Brigade Competition, the Army 10 Miler, and the Color Guard. The Naval/Marine ROTC has three mandatory summer cruises with the third cruise taking place aboard an aircraft squadron or at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia. The Air Force ROTC offers cadets the opportunity to train as a pilot, combat systems, or civil air patrol upon passing the Flying Class 1 Flight Physical.
University of Michigan
Ranked #6 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2018, the University of Michigan offers ROTC programs specific to the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
The Army ROTC's cadet training is enhanced with summer programs consisting of mandatory four-week basic and advanced camp training and an optional Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Program. The Naval ROTC program offers the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Educational Program (MECEP) that enables paid active duty service members to attend college full time. The Air Force ROTC program starts with a 2-day New Cadet Orientation Program (NCOP) and is followed during the year by visits to Air Force bases to learn about unit wings and jobs, participation in Color Guard flag events, mentorship training, and the Warrior Weekend where they learn tactics and land navigation.
The U.S. News & World Report ranked Purdue University #8 on their list of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Purdue University's Purdue Polytechnic Institute College of Engineering undergraduate program offers 17 engineering disciplines plus an Undecided Within Engineering first-year program. The university hosts Army, Air Force, and Naval ROTC programs.
Purdue University Polytechnic Institute offers minors designed specifically for ROTC students. The Army ROTC has a 15-credit Military Science and Leadership Minor. The Air Force ROTC offers a 14-credit Aerospace Studies minor for Air Force cadets. The Naval ROTC offers a 15-credit Naval Science minor for Naval ROTC students.
Texas A&M University
In 2018, the U.S. News & World Report rated Texas A&M University #14 on its list of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Texas A&M is a senior military school that offers Army, Naval, and Air Force ROTC programs.
The Army ROTC program has an Airborne School that teaches parachuting, the Air Assault School on conducting Combat Assaults with aircraft, Northern Warfare Training on navigating mountains, glaciers, and rivers terrains, Mountain Warfare Training, Cadet Troop Leader Training and the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program (CTLT). The Naval ROTC has a Midshipmen Battalion that offers hands-on training in firing 9mm and M-16 weapons, fighting fires, visiting an F/A-18 combat jet, land navigation and performing drills. The Air Force ROTC augments its training with leadership labs, learning to manage the cadet wing, and attending one mandatory 4-week summer training at an Air Force base.