NROTC college programs provide opportunities for students interested in joining the Marines. While there are many institutions across the country with similar opportunities for future servicemen and women, only three of these universities are located in Indiana. The chart below details additional information for college seekers wanting to choose an Indiana school for their education and Marine NROTC training.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-State Tuition (2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Purdue University||4-year, public||West Lafayette, Indiana||$10,002||4-year scholarship, Sideload Scholarship, Advanced Standing, military credit|
|Saint Mary's College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Notre Dame, Indiana||$38,880||NROTC scholarship, ROTC Room Grant, military credit|
|University of Notre Dame||4-year, private not-for-profit||Notre Dame, Indiana||$49,685||4-year scholarship, NROTC College Program, military credit|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Overview of Marine NROTC Colleges in Indiana
All NROTC programs across the country follow the same format, including Naval Science courses, drills and physical training; programs for aspiring Marines include a heavier physical training regimen than general Navy programs. Although the Indiana colleges described here all offer Marine NROTC training, two of them share the same NROTC program. The schools themselves differ in size, type, costs and on-campus resources, such as scholarships, awards, and financial funding, to help students pursue their education and training. After further review, aspiring service members may find interest in the options provided at one or more of these schools.
Purdue University teaches more than 41,500 college students, as stated by 2016-2017 NCES reports. Its student body includes learners who are part of the NROTC program. High school students, in particular, should first look into a 4-year NROTC scholarship before enrolling into the program, which typically assists with school funding throughout the course of their college experience. Prospective cadets who enroll without a scholarship will have a chance to apply for a Sideload Scholarship in their freshman or sophomore year, covering full tuition for at least the last two or three years of school. Under the Advance Standing option, non-scholarship juniors and seniors will be able to continue the program while earning a monthly stipend in place of tuition funding.
Saint Mary's College
The NROTC program for Saint Mary's College takes place on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, which is the host school for the program. According to 2016-2017 NCES stats, the Saint Mary's College population stood at 1,701 students, all women. With the help of various funding options like the NROTC scholarship, cadets gain assistance with fees pertaining to textbooks, classroom supplies, and uniforms. A monthly allowance is also awarded to female cadets who qualify for a scholarship. For those with full scholarships, Saint Mary's College offers a room and board grant for the next four years, as long as scholarship requirements are met.
University of Notre Dame
Along with 4-year NROTC scholarship opportunities, the University of Notre Dame also offers an alternative option to non-scholarship students called the College Program. As a substitute, eligible cadets with 30 or more semester hours will still have a chance to work towards commission. They would also be able to apply for other NROTC funding later on during their enrollment. The 4-year scholarship, however, is best used when applied to as a junior in high school. More than 12,300 total students attended the university from 2016-2017, per the NCES.