Students in Georgia who are interested in participating in a Marine Naval Reserve Officers Training Corp (NROTC) program have a total of eight schools to choose from. Compare and contrast a few of the available schools, their tuition rates and their programs.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||4-year, public||Atlanta, GA||$12,212||NROTC scholarships|
|Savannah State University||4-year, public||Savannah, GA||$5,644||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
|Morehouse College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Atlanta, GA||$26,742||NROTC scholarships|
|Spelman College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Atlanta, GA||$27,314||NROTC scholarships|
|Armstrong State University||4-year, public||Savannah, GA||$5,360||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of Georgia Colleges with Marine NROTC Programs
Georgia offers students three main schools with their own NROTC programs, as well as several cross-town affiliated schools. Here we explore the programs of the three main schools and a couple of the cross-town institutions.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology offers a Marine Platoon in their NROTC unit that makes up the NROTC Atlanta Marine Platoon along with the unit from Morehouse College. Interested students participate in NROTC as Marine Option midshipmen and still take naval science courses with topics in naval history, naval leadership, warfare and naval science. The NROTC program also provides tutoring in calculus and physics for any midshipmen who need additional help. The weekly commitment is about 6 hours with coursework, physical fitness training and leadership lab. Marine Option midshipmen also participate in training cruises during the summer to learn about naval careers, participate in tactical exercises and more. Students can apply for 2-, 3- and 4-year national NROTC scholarships to help pay for school expenses and receive a monthly stipend. If awarded, students are expected to serve a minimum of 5 years of active duty.
Savannah State University
Savannah State University offers its students and the students from cross-town schools the chance to participate in NROTC with a Marine Option for those interested in serving in the Marines. All midshipmen in the program complete weekly leadership labs, physical trainings, naval science courses and summer cruises. Students can apply for national NROTC scholarships as high school students or be nominated for them after joining NROTC as a college student. Students at Savannah State University are also qualified to apply for Frederick C. Branch (FCB) USMC Scholarships that are designated for students interested in commission into the Marines from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Students at Morehouse College and a couple of cross-town institutions can participate in the Atlanta Region NROTC program. Midshipmen complete the standard naval science courses, physical training, leadership labs and summer cruises, as well as perform billets or jobs to assist the battalion. Students are eligible to apply for 2-, 3- and 4-year national NROTC scholarships to pay for tuition, fees, books and receive a monthly stipend. After graduation, Marine Option midshipmen attend The Basic School (TBS) for training and list their career preferences. Morehouse College is a small, private institution in Atlanta, in contrast to the much larger, public Georgia Institute of Technology.
Spelman College is one of the schools that allows participation in NROTC for its students through a cross-town agreement with Morehouse College. Students can participate in the Marine Option NROTC program as a College Programmer or through the Scholarship Program. The College Programmer option is designed for students who have not received the national scholarship, but have at least 3 years left in their undergraduate studies and can later apply for scholarships. Students in the Scholarship Program have earned a 2-, 3- or 4-year national NROTC scholarship or the FCB scholarship. Spelman College is another small, private school in Atlanta, GA.
Armstrong State University
Armstrong State University is the only additional school that has a cross-town agreement with Savannah State University to allow its students to participate in NROTC. Participating students must fulfill their naval science coursework, and those with the Marine Option must take the Evolution of Warfare and the Amphibious Warfare courses. Students are still eligible to apply for national NROTC scholarships to help pay for tuition and fees at Armstrong State, but cannot apply for the FCB scholarship. Armstrong State University is a public institution like Savannah State University, but is slightly larger.