Air Force ROTC Programs in Colorado

Sep 18, 2017

Colorado is home to several institutions that offer Air Force ROTC programs to interested students. Find out about a handful of these schools, the program requirements and other school-specific information.

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Students have a variety of schools to choose from if they are looking for Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) programs in Colorado. The school options include public and private institutions and vary in location, tuition rates and more. Explore some of the differences between the Colorado schools that offer AFROTC programs.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)* Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits
University of Colorado Boulder 4-year, public Boulder, CO $11,531 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Colorado State University- Fort Collins 4-year, public Fort Collins, CO $11,052 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Colorado Christian University 4-year, private not-for-profit Lakewood, CO $29,360 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
University of Colorado Denver 4-year, public Denver, CO $9,228 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs 4-year, private for-profit Colorado Springs, CO $10,540 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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Air Force ROTC Colleges in Colorado

Several schools in Colorado offer AFROTC programs to interested students. Although many of the program requirements are the same, the different programs may vary in size, additional military benefits and other factors. Compare and contrast the different schools below.

University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder is ''Home of the Thunderchiefs'', the AFROTC Detachment 105. It is the seventh largest detachment in the country and is available to students at twelve different institutions. Cadets in the program must participate in Air Force Academic Class, Leadership Laboratory and Physical Training. Students can apply for three different types of AFROTC scholarships that pay for various amounts of tuition, fees, books and monthly stipends. Students in AFROTC are still free to choose any major they would like, but must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA (unless an awarded scholarship dictates otherwise) and graduate on time.

Colorado State University-Fort Collins

Colorado State University- Fort Collins is ''Home of the Dactyls,'' AFROTC Detachment 90. The detachment includes about 145 cadets from Colorado State and three other area schools. Cadets average about 8 to 10 hours of AFROTC commitment a week between academic courses, Physical Training and Leadership Lab. Field Training is also required during the summer between sophomore and junior years for Professional Officer Course selects. Students in the program are eligible to apply for 3- or 4-year national AFROTC scholarships.

Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian University is a private institution that participates in AFROTC Detachment 105 at the University of Colorado Boulder. Students still participate in the General Military Course for the first two years and Professional Officer Course for the next two years, as well as Leadership Lab. Students can choose to participate in a modified 2-year program that includes a 6-week summer field training course. Those in the program are eligible to apply for 2-year or 3-year AFROTC scholarships.

University of Colorado Denver

The University of Colorado Denver is also part of AFROTC Detachment 105 at the University of Colorado Boulder. Students can choose from the standard 4-year program that includes the 4-week summer field training experience, or the modified 2-year program. Students still participate in Leadership Lab that requires two hours per week and covers topics in drill and ceremonies, as well as career opportunities with the Air Force, Air Force customs and more. Cadets can apply for 2-year and 3-year scholarships, and nurses can compete for U.S. Air Force nursing scholarships.

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs also gives students the chance to participate in AFROTC Detachment 105 at the University of Colorado Boulder. Colorado Technical University also provides a variety of additional military benefits, including the Air University (AU) Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (ABC) program that helps Airmen earn their bachelor's degree. The university is also a part of the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) General Education Mobile (GEM) program that offers a variety of online courses. The school also offers reduced military tuition and military leave of absence for active duty members.

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