Students who are interested in enrolling in a university in Georgia in order to participate in a Navy ROTC (NROTC) program will find several options. Georgia is home to three schools that host NROTC programs and even more affiliate schools where students can participate in the NROTC program at the host campus. We will learn some details about NROTC programs in Georgia so that students can make the most informed decision possible.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||4-year, public||Atlanta, GA||$12,212||NROTC Scholarships|
|Morehouse College||4-year, private||Atlanta, GA||$26,742||NROTC Scholarships|
|Savannah State University||4-year, public||Savannah, GA||$5,644||NROTC Scholarships, credit for military training|
Source: *U.S. Department of Education
Students in the state of Georgia can choose from among both private and public schools when selecting an NROTC program. In addition to the three main schools that act as host campuses for NROTC programs, there are also five other universities and colleges that are affiliate schools, meaning that students complete their normal degree classes at that school while traveling to a host school to fulfill the NROTC program requirements. The NROTC program at each of these schools includes special naval science courses, physical training, and drills.
With eight total educational institutions to choose from all over the state of Georgia that offer various degree programs, students are sure to find a school that is the right fit for them. We will discuss the three host schools in greater detail below.
Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology is a large public university in Atlanta, GA, with almost 15,500 undergraduates. It acts as the host university for the NROTC program that also serves students attending Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University.
In accordance to the national NROTC program standards, students who enroll in the NROTC program as freshmen are eligible for four-year scholarships that cover the entire amount of their tuition. In addition to covering tuition, these scholarships also cover various school fees and include funds to help cover the cost of books, as well as a monthly stipend that students can use as they please. Students can also join the NROTC program later in their college career and still qualify for scholarships. Students who don't receive scholarships or who are uncertain about whether they want to commit to joining the Navy can still complete the NROTC program as part of the College Program.
Scholarships are generally competitive and take a student's selected major into account when making awards. The Navy categorizes degree programs into three tiers, with the majority of scholarship recipients selecting programs from tiers 1 and 2. Tier 1 programs include various engineering programs, while Tier 2 is more open to other mathematics, science, and technical degrees. All other degree programs generally fall under Tier 3. Tier 1 degree programs at GA Tech include aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, systems engineering, and nuclear engineering. There are a number of Tier 2 programs at GA Tech as well, including civil engineering, computer science, applied physics, biochemistry, and biomedical engineering.
Another option for male students who are interested in participating in an NROTC program in the state of Georgia is Morehouse College, a historically black private institution with just over 2,100 undergraduates. Morehouse is a host school for the NROTC program via a consortium with Georgia Institute of Technology, and it shares some staff members with GA Tech. Morehouse also acts as a host campus for two other schools located in the Atlanta area: Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College. Morehouse College is an all-male school, though both male and female midshipmen participate in the NROTC program through its affiliates. Because it is a small liberal arts school, its degree offerings are more limited than larger public schools. It does not offer any Tier 1 programs, but it does offer a few Tier 2 programs, including applied physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics.
Savannah State University
Students who are interested in attending a university in the south of Georgia for NROTC may want to consider Savannah State University, which is a historically black university. A relatively small public school with under 5,000 undergraduates, Savannah State University offers NROTC students the same scholarship possibilities as the other schools in Georgia. It also acts as a host campus for the NROTC program, meaning that students who attend affiliate school Armstrong Atlantic State University can travel to SSU's campus to take part in the program. Academically, students have several options for degree programs that fit into the Navy's 3-tiered system. At the Tier 1 level, students can pursue electronics engineering technology. Students have a few more options at the Tier 2 level, like mathematics, computer science technology, chemistry, and civil engineering.