Utah only has a few options for schools that offer Marine NROTC programs for their students. Despite the limited options, students can choose from one private or two public institutions. Learn more about each school that offers NROTC and compare tuition rates, location and more.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-state Tuition (2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|University of Utah||4-year, public||Salt Lake City, UT||$8,518||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
|Weber State University||4-year, public||Ogden, UT||$5,523||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
|Westminster College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Salt Lake City, UT||$32,404||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Overview of Utah Colleges with Marine NROTC Programs
Although Utah only offers one unique Marine NROTC program, students can still choose from two additional schools that participate in the program through cross-town agreements. Here we discuss the NROTC program and some distinguishing features of each institution that allows its students to participate.
University of Utah
Through its Department of Naval Science in the College of Social and Behavioral Science, the University of Utah offers Marine NROTC to its students. This program is a good fit because it is the only dedicated Marine NROTC curriculum in the state, and graduates can immediately receive active duty orders after completing the program. To participate in Marine NROTC, students must be a U.S. citizen between 17 and 22 years old, meet physical standards set by the Marine Corp, have no prior convictions and have either a combined math and English score of 45 on the ACT or combined math and critical reading score of 1000 on the SAT.
Admitted midshipmen typically participate in an orientation to learn about the Marine Corp, the NROTC program and the curriculum before starting the academic year. The program then requires midshipmen to take naval science courses each semester, attend weekly drill and physical training sessions and complete summer cruise training sessions. Students are eligible to apply for 2-, 3- and 4-year national NROTC scholarships to help pay for tuition, fees and books and receive a monthly stipend. Students may also choose, and are highly encouraged, to participate in student organizations such as Color Guard, Drill Team or Pistol/Rifle Team. They can also attend events throughout the year with the unit, including Mess Night and the Navy and Marine Corps Ball. After graduation, active duty members must serve four years for the marines and five for other Navy occupations.
Weber State University
Students at Weber State University can participate in Marine NROTC at the University of Utah. Students earn their bachelor's degree at Weber State University but can transfer in credit for military training through NROTC. By attending Weber State, students have a wider range of degree programs to choose from, which can broaden job opportunities when they are active duty and beyond.
Participating midshipmen can still apply for national NROTC scholarships to help pay for school. Weber State University is in Ogden, UT, approximately 40-45 minutes from Salt Lake City, UT where the University of Utah is located. Weber State is a public institution like the University of Utah, but according to the NCES, its undergraduate population is slightly larger with about 3,000 more students. In 2014, Weber State was ranked as a military friendly school by the MAE and currently offers an online Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree. This program allows students to choose and combine three different disciplines to create their own curriculum, which can be very useful for NROTC members who may have to take on multiple roles when they are stationed.
Westminster College is about a 10-minute drive away from the University of Utah, where its students can participate in Marine NROTC through a cross-town agreement. Unlike the University of Utah and Weber State University, Westminster College is a small, private institution. Earning a degree from a smaller institution may benefit midshipmen by strengthening their networking opportunities and having more one-on-one time with professors.
Thanks to the cross-town agreement, students at Westminster can take some of the NROTC courses at that campus. This includes course topics in naval science, engineering, warfare, navigation and maritime affairs, among others. However, the midshipmen in the program must still attend the University of Utah to complete all the NROTC requirements on campus. Qualifying students may apply for national NROTC scholarships and use the funds to cover their schooling at Westminster College.