The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is one of the biggest leadership programs in the country, with many participating colleges and universities. It prepares students to become officers in the U.S. military while working toward a college degree, and, for the most part, it allows participants to lead completely typical student lives. Learn more about ROTC and some of the host schools below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||2017-2018 Tuition (in-state)*||Scholarship Options|
|Boston University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Boston, MA||$52,082||Up to full-tuition scholarships|
|University of Oklahoma||4-year, Public||Norman, OK||$11,538||Full and partial tuition scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Prescott, AZ||$34,662||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
|University of Tampa||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Tampa, FL||$28,426||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend plus room and board|
|University of Washington||4-year, Public||Seattle, WA||$10,974||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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Overview of Military ROTC Colleges
The colleges and universities that offer ROTC programs are diverse and dispersed across the country. While many only have an ROTC program for one military branch, some, including most of those listed below, offer students the choice of all four: Army, Navy (including Marine Corps) and Air Force. Read on for more details about the structure of each these programs and the opportunities available to enrolled students.
Boston University (BU) is spread across multiple campuses in the heart of Boston. The school prioritizes global learning and engagement by hosting students from more than 130 countries, running international research projects, and emphasizing study abroad and Alternative Service Breaks. ROTC is another option for a globally minded BU student. The Army ROTC battalion at Boston University is diverse, housing cadets from BU as well as ten other Boston schools. Navy ROTC midshipmen attend summer training cruises between each academic year, giving them a chance to travel and gain practical military experience. Finally, ROTC students can join extracurricular ROTC-affiliated organizations at BU such as the Air Force ROTC's Drill Team or Military Excellence Competition Team for the chance to compete nationally.
University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma is a large public school in the small town of Norman, but it's located near the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. This provides students with a unique and intimate small-town experience with the option to access big city life at their leisure. University of Oklahoma students can join the Air Force, Army or Navy ROTC to work toward a commission in the U.S. military after graduation. Along the way, there are many special resources to take advantage of and activities to participate in. As one example, Navy ROTC midshipmen have the opportunity to attend every single home football game, and they have access to designated gyms, lounges and study areas.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University claims to offer the nation's most comprehensive academic programs for aviation and aeronautical science. The school has other degree programs as well, many of which may be particularly attractive to prospective military officers. Embry-Riddle - Prescott is home to Army and Air Force ROTC programs. Participating in either full military program provides students with leadership and military science training simultaneous to earning a college degree. At Embry-Riddle, that degree and access to aviation facilities could prepare students to compete for a highly coveted Air Force flying slot.
University of Tampa
The University of Tampa only has a total enrollment of around 8,000 students, yet it offers more than 200 programs of study, 250 student organizations and 61 intramural sports. It is also host to Army ROTC on its 110-acre campus, and the school allows its students to participate in Air Force or Navy ROTC through a partnership with the University of South Florida. Students who complete the full program in two, three or four years earn a commission into the respective military branch after finishing their degree. In addition to competitive national scholarships offered by the military, University of Tampa provides room and board grants to all Army scholarship recipients.
University of Washington
The University of Washington in Seattle hosts an ROTC program for every branch of the military: Army, Navy and Air Force. The goal of each of these programs is to produce highly trained future military officers. The emphasis is therefore placed equally on academic rigor, physical fitness, and military skills like communication, leadership and tactics. The University of Washington's Army ROTC was a recipient of a MacArthur Award in 2016-2017, recognizing it as one of the top programs in the country. Students can join any branch's program while studying toward any major degree of their choice. However, Navy ROTC students who choose an engineering, math or sciences major have a greater chance of receiving a Navy scholarship.