Navy-specific Reserved Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) programs are available to college students hoping to enter the Navy as trained officers upon graduation. These programs allow students to have a typical college experience and pursue a degree in their field of choice while also going through Navy-specific training courses. In the state of Minnesota, there is one main Navy ROTC program that is available to students at three different schools. Let's look at how students in Minnesota can enroll in the Navy ROTC program and what the program entails.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||4-year, public||Minneapolis, MN||$14,142||Opportunity for full-tuition scholarship, living stipend|
|University of St. Thomas||4-year, private||Saint Paul, MN||$39,594||Opportunity for full-tuition scholarship, living stipend|
|Macalester College||4-year, private||Saint Paul, MN||$50,639||Opportunity for full-tuition scholarship, living stipend|
Source: *U.S. Department of Education
Within the state of Minnesota, there is only one university that hosts a Navy ROTC program: the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. However, two other nearby schools, the University of St. Thomas and Macalester College, also offer their students the opportunity to participate in Navy ROTC by coordinating with the program offered at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. We will explore the details of the University of Minnesota's program below, in addition to learning what makes each school unique.
University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is one of the largest universities in the state of Minnesota. The school's ROTC program is split into a basic course, taken during the freshman and sophomore years, and an advanced course, taken during the junior and senior years. Students who enter the Navy ROTC program as freshmen are eligible for full tuition scholarships renewable for their entire undergraduate education. It is also possible for sophomores and juniors to enter the ROTC program and qualify for scholarships. Those who earn scholarships also are eligible to receive a monthly allowance to cover living expenses like housing and food. The program is not restrictive in the sense that students are allowed to select any field of study while pursuing a degree. Students who take advantage of scholarship opportunities are obligated to join the Navy upon graduation, though it is possible for non-scholarship students in the basic program to not complete any such obligation.
University of St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas is the largest private university in Minnesota and is affiliated with the Catholic Church. Students have the ability to study at any of the university's campuses, located in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and Rome. The details of the Navy ROTC program at the University of St. Thomas are the same as those at the University of Minnesota, as St. Thomas students participate in the same battalion unit on the University of Minnesota's campus. They are eligible to benefit from the same Navy ROTC scholarships as well. Students who are interested in attending a religiously-affiiliated school may be attracted to the University of St. Thomas.
Macalester College is a smaller private school located only a few minutes from both Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Like students at the University of St. Thomas, students who wish to participate in a Navy ROTC program while enrolled at Macalester College will be obliged to join the program at the program's host institution, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. At Macalester College, a large emphasis is placed on diversity and international opportunities. A large portion of the students enrolled at Macalester take advantage of study abroad and international exchange programs during their time in school. Even for students who don't travel abroad during their education, they will share their campus with students from over 80 different countries, as Macalester actively encourages international students to enroll.