Within the state of Missouri, it is possible for students to participate in the Navy ROTC program through a couple of different schools, though only one school acts as a host campus for the program. Below, we will discuss each school in detail, including what types of academic programs they offer, school dynamics, and details about the NROTC scholarship program.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|University of Missouri||4-year, public||Columbia, MO||$9,518||Servicemember Opportunity College, point of contact for military members, credit for military training, scholarships toward tuition/fees/books, advanced standing status with monthly stipend for non-scholarship students|
|Columbia College||4-year, private||Columbia, MO||$20,936||Servicemember Opportunity College, point of contact for military members, credit for military training, tuition scholarships for qualifying students, monthly living allowance, book stipend, housing scholarships|
Source: *U.S. Department of Education
In the state of Missouri, students have two options if they are interested in enrolling in a school that supports the NROTC program - the University of Missouri and Columbia College. However, students should keep in mind that only the University of Missouri acts as a host campus for the program, meaning NROTC students from both schools will complete the program requirements together on the University of Missouri's campus.
Regardless of what school you decide to attend, you will be eligible to apply for one of the Navy's NROTC scholarships, which cover four full years of tuition and also come with a monthly living stipend. Students who join the NROTC program during later years in college can also apply for scholarships, or just participate in the program with no scholarship through the College Program. Scholarship selection is generally based on merit, as well as the major that a student selects. In general, the Navy awards scholarships most often to students who have selected engineering, science, and math based majors. The Navy has created a system of organizing majors into three theirs, with the top two tiers receiving the majority of the scholarships. Below, we will discuss both the University of Missouri and Columbia College to learn about what makes each school unique and their academic offerings.
University of Missouri
Located in Columbia, the University of Missouri is a large public university that is home to over 33,000 students. Students enrolled in the NROTC program at this school are required to take a certain number of classes to fulfill the requirements of the program and to prepare students for a career in the Navy or in the Marines. Students who participate in the program are encouraged to become active in student organizations on campus, including a few that the NROTC sponsors. These include the drill team and color guard, rifle and pistol team, the endurance team, the Nautilus Society, and the Midshipmen Battalion Student Organization. Academically, the University of Missouri offers a large number of degree programs that would fall into the tier one or tier two category as established by the Navy. Tier one programs include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and aerospace engineering, while tier two programs include civil engineering, computer science, industrial engineering, physics, and statistics.
Columbia College is also located in Columbia, MO, and has a student body of almost 16,500 students. Although students who attend Columbia College while also participating in the NROTC program will have to travel to the University of Missouri's campus on a weekly basis to fulfill program requirements, luckily the two schools are only located 10 blocks apart. Columbia students who receive an NROTC scholarship can also apply for a scholarship from Columbia College that will cover all of their housing fees, which are not covered by the NROTC scholarships. While Columbia College does not offer any four-year degree programs that would fall into the tier one categorization, they do offer a number of tier-two programs like chemistry, computer science, and mathematics. They also offer a two-year pre-engineering associate's degree that would prepare a student to transfer to the University of Missouri to complete a full engineering degree.