Marine NROTC Colleges in New York

Mar 06, 2018

New York is home to a dozen postsecondary institutions with Marine NROTC for interested students. Learn about some of the available schools, their NROTC programs and compare tuition rates.

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Students interested in participating in Marine Naval Reserve Officers Training Corp (NROTC) programs in New York have a total of twelve schools to choose from. These school options include public and private institutions and are distributed throughout the state. Find out more about a handful of the schools in New York that offer Marine NROTC.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In-state, 2017-2018)* Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits
Cornell University 4-year, private not-for-profit Ithaca, NY $52,853 NROTC scholarships
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 4-year, private not-for-profit Troy, NY $52,305 NROTC scholarships
State University of New York Maritime College 4-year, public Throggs Neck, NY $8,074 Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships
University of Rochester 4-year, private not-for-profit Rochester, NY $52,020 NROTC scholarships
State University of New York at Brockport 4-year, public Brockport, NY $8,154 NROTC scholarships

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of New York Colleges with Marine NROTC Programs

Through cross-town agreements New York is able to offer students twelve different schools that participate in Marine NROTC; however, only four of these schools serve as host institutions and provide unique programs. Here we discuss the four host schools, as well as one affiliated institution.

Cornell University

Cornell University has offered NROTC to its students since 1945. Incoming freshmen participate in an orientation week during which they learn the ins and outs of the NROTC program. Midshipmen in the program participate in weekly drills and physical training (PT) sessions and must take a naval science course each semester. Those in the Marine Option have slightly different physical fitness requirements (for example, run 3 miles instead of 1.5), take a few different naval science courses (courses in warfare instead of naval ship systems and navigation) and participate in different summer trainings, or cruises, than Navy midshipmen. Students are eligible to apply for national NROTC scholarships that help pay for tuition, books and provide a monthly stipend. In addition to weekly drills and physical training sessions, midshipmen may participate in fun, teambuilding activities, such as paintball, rock climbing or sailing. Cornell is a private school with about 14,500 undergraduate students, according to the NCES.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute can participate in NROTC, as well as students from Union College and Russell Sage College (RN Option only) through cross-town agreements. Midshipmen complete an orientation and the standard NROTC program requirements with drill and PT sessions, summer cruises and naval science coursework. Students are eligible to apply for 2-, 3- and 4-year national NROTC scholarships as high school students or college students through the College Program. Midshipmen may also choose to participate in Drill Team, Color Guard, intramural sports, marksmanship challenges and/or community service events. In comparison to Cornell, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is smaller (about 6,200 undergraduate students, per the NCES), but is still a private institution.

State University of New York Maritime College

The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College offers NROTC participation to its students and the students of Columbia University, Fordham University and Molloy College (RN Option only). Students can join the NROTC unit as a Scholarship candidate with a 2-, 3- or 4-year scholarship, as a College Program candidate or as a Strategic Sealift Officer candidate. Midshipmen complete Leadership Lab, PT sessions and the summer training cruises that vary from three to five weeks in length. Midshipmen may choose to participate in Color Guard and attend NROTC events, including Dining In, Captain's Cup and Navy/Marine Corps Birthday Ball. SUNY Maritime College is a small (about 1,600 undergraduate students, according to the NCES), public school near New York City.

University of Rochester

Students at the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College and SUNY at Brockport can all participate in Marine Option NROTC at the University of Rochester. Midshipmen are eligible for national NROTC scholarships and must meet the standard NROTC requirements of summer cruises, PT sessions, Leadership Lab and naval science courses. They must also maintain a 2.5 or greater GPA and Marine Option midshipmen need to take a course in cultural studies, an upper-level writing course and a course in national security policy or U.S. military history in addition to their naval science and undergraduate major coursework. Students in NROTC are encouraged to participate in additional school clubs, athletics, study abroad and student ambassadorships. The University of Rochester is another private institution, close in size to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with close to 6,400 undergraduate students, per the NCES.

State University of New York at Brockport

As mentioned, students at SUNY at Brockport can participate in NROTC through a cross-town agreement with the University of Rochester. This means that students take classes towards their undergraduate degree at SUNY at Brockport, but complete all NROTC requirements and participate in NROTC events at the University of Rochester. Midshipmen must provide their own transportation to the University of Rochester and schedule their other classes around their NROTC commitments. SUNY at Brockport is a public institution with about 7,100 undergraduate students, according to the NCES.

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