Although Marine NROTC (Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps) programs are rare in Michigan, there are a couple of options for interested students. The University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, both public institutions, offer participation in the program and are comparable in their military benefits. The following table compares the universities and their programs.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|University of Michigan||4-year, public||Ann Arbor, MI||$14,402||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
|Eastern Michigan University||4-year, public||Ypsilanti, MI||$11,209||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Overview of Michigan Colleges with Marine NROTC Programs
The University of Michigan is the only school in the state with its own Marine NROTC program. However, students from Eastern Michigan University are allowed to participate in the University of Michigan's program through a cross-town agreement. Find out more about the Marine NROTC program and the two schools here.
University of Michigan
From 1940 the University of Michigan has offered participation in the NROTC program to interested students. Midshipmen in the program must take naval science courses each semester, participate in weekly drill exercises/physical training and attend summer training sessions that typically last 4 to 6 weeks. These summer 'Cruises' provide students with hands-on learning experiences on various naval bases. Midshipmen with the Marine Option are expected to take on some leadership role in the NROTC battalion. Students in high school who are interested in participating in Marine NROTC can apply for national 4-year NROTC scholarships that help pay for textbooks and tuition and provide a monthly stipend. Midshipmen may choose to participate in the NROTC color guard to present the flags at various University of Michigan events, as well as Endurance Team, Drill Team or intramural sports.
Eastern Michigan University
As mentioned, students at Eastern Michigan University can participate in Marine NROTC at the University of Michigan through a cross-town agreement. This generally means that students complete all coursework and requirements for their bachelor's degree at Eastern Michigan University, while fulfilling all requirements for NROTC at the University of Michigan. Successful completion of the NROTC program results in commission into the Marines usually with 8 years of service and at least 5 years of active duty. Students trying to decide between attending the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University to participate in NROTC may consider the fact that the tuition at Eastern Michigan University is about $3,000 less per year and that the school is smaller than the University of Michigan by about 11,000 undergraduates, according to NCES.