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Marine NROTC Colleges in Texas

Mar 01, 2018

Texas offers a total of eight postsecondary institutions that allow participation in Marine NROTC. Compare and contrast a handful of these school options, their tuition rates and military benefits.

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Students wishing to participate in Marine NROTC at a school in Texas have several private and public institutions to choose from. Although there are only a few host schools, there are additional affiliated schools that allow their students to participate through cross-town agreements. Learn about some of the schools in Texas that offer Marine NROTC.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)* Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits
Prairie View A&M University 4-year, public Prairie View, TX $10,059 Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships
Rice University 4-year, private not-for-profit Houston, TX $43,918 NROTC scholarships
University of Houston 4-year, public Houston, TX $9,519 Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships
Texas A&M University - College Station 4-year, public College Station, TX $11,036 Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships
University of Texas - Austin 4-year, public Austin, TX $10,092 Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Overview of Texas Colleges with Marine NROTC Programs

Students in Texas can choose from four unique Marine NROTC programs, as well as four additional affiliated institutions. Get details for some of the available programs below.

Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View A&M University offers its students a Marine Option in its NROTC unit, which is a part of the Houston Consortium that includes the NROTC unit at Rice University and its affiliated schools. The NROTC unit at Prairie View A&M is small, but it has historical significance as one of the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to offer NROTC. Midshipmen in the program must complete naval science courses each semester and participate in weekly drill sessions, weekly physical training sessions and summer trainings. Students are encouraged to participate in campus activities in addition to NROTC, but must maintain a 2.5 GPA, high physical training scores and high aptitude scores. Students are eligible to apply for 2-, 3- and 4-year national NROTC scholarships, as well as the Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarship designated for Marine Option midshipmen from HBCUs.

Rice University

As mentioned, the NROTC unit at Rice University makes up the other half of the Houston Consortium and allows participation in NROTC to its students, as well as students from the University of Houston, Houston Baptist University and Texas Southern University. Midshipmen in the program complete the weekly drills and physical trainings and take naval science courses that cover topics in warfare, leadership, naval science and maritime affairs. Midshipmen also complete three summer training sessions called Cruises throughout their undergraduate studies to allow for hands-on experience. Students are eligible to apply for the national NROTC scholarships to help pay for tuition, fees and books and receive a monthly stipend. In addition to the required program activities, midshipmen may choose to participate in Color Guard, JROTC Drill Meets, Pentathlon and other fun events, like Platoon Weekends.

University of Houston

The University of Houston allows its students to participate in NROTC at Rice University. Typically this means that students complete the requirements for their bachelor's degree at the University of Houston, but complete all of their NROTC requirements at Rice University. Midshipmen can still apply for national NROTC scholarships to help them pay for their education. In comparison to Rice University, which is a small, private institution, the University of Houston is a much larger (over 35,000 undergraduate students, according to the NCES), public institution.

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University offers a Midshipmen Battalion that is composed of the Golf Company for future Marines and the Fox Company for future Navy members. Students from Texas A&M University at Galveston are also eligible to participate in the Navy Option of Texas A&M University's NROTC program. Midshipmen in the program complete the standard program requirements with naval science courses, physical training and drill sessions. They are also eligible to apply for the national NROTC scholarships as high school or college students. Midshipmen can participate in extracurricular events, such as the Birthday Ball, or pursue membership in a NROTC special unit, like SEAL Platoon, Fish Drill Team or Marine Corps Recon Company.

University of Texas - Austin

The University of Texas in Austin offers a NROTC Midshipmen Battalion to its students and the students from Huston-Tillotson University. Students in the program complete the standard program requirements and summer cruises. Midshipmen can also apply for 2- or 4-year national scholarships or join as a college student through the College Program and work toward a scholarship. Students may choose to participate in additional organizations, like Endurance Team, Drill Team, Intramural Sports, Color Guard or Warfare Clubs. NROTC also puts on several special events throughout the year, including Mess Night, Run to Dallas, President's Cup, Spring Social and Birthday Ball.

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