Arizona offers a few public, postsecondary institutions that allow students to participate in Navy ROTC (NROTC) during their undergraduate studies. Two of these institutions are 4-year schools with similar tuition rates, while the other is a 2-year community college. Learn more about each school and their NROTC programs below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|Arizona State University||4-year, public||Tempe, AZ||$10,370||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
|University of Arizona||4-year, public||Tucson, AZ||$11,769||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
|Pima Community College||2-year, public||Tucson, AZ||$2,046||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Overview of Arizona Colleges with NROTC Programs
Students in Arizona can choose from unique NROTC programs offered at two different 4-year universities. Through a cross-town agreement, students at one community college in the state may also participate in NROTC. Compare and contrast these schools and their programs.
Arizona State University
Arizona State University offers participation in NROTC through its Department of Naval Science. Midshipmen in the program can seek commission into the Navy through the program and specialize in Aviation, Special Warfare (SEAL and Explosive Ordnance Disposal), Surface Warfare or Submarine Warfare. Midshipmen are required to complete naval science coursework each semester, attend a two-hour Leadership Lab each week and complete physical fitness training sessions three times a week. Students can apply and enter NROTC on a 4-year national NROTC scholarship as high school students or work towards a scholarship as a college student through the College Program. Midshipmen in the program may also choose to participate in extracurricular activities like drill teams, color guard, volunteer work or mentoring.
University of Arizona
The University of Arizona offers NROTC for its students and the students of Pima Community College through a cross-town agreement. Midshipmen complete the standard NROTC program requirements by taking naval science courses and participating in weekly drill and physical fitness sessions. Midshipmen are also required to complete summer cruises for hands-on learning and training experience with the Navy. Students are eligible to apply for national NROTC scholarships to pay for tuition, fees, books and receive a monthly stipend. Midshipmen may participate in NROTC events, such as Drill Competition and Navy Ball (to celebrate the Navy's birthday), as well as joining NROTC-related clubs, like Semper Fi club, Tailhook Club, Special Warfare Club, Arleigh Burke Society and 770 Society.
Pima Community College
As mentioned, students at Pima Community College are able to participate in NROTC through a cross-town agreement with the University of Arizona. This means that students must be accepted into NROTC at the University of Arizona and complete their NROTC requirements and coursework at the University of Arizona. Required naval science coursework includes topics in naval ship systems and maritime affairs. Since Pima Community College is a 2-year institution, students participating in NROTC only take naval science coursework up through the 200 level while attending the college. Although it is a 2-year school, Pima Community College is still relatively large with close to 25,000 students, according to the NCES.