The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program prepares students for a career in the Navy through special courses, training drills, and summer programs and also provides students with scholarship opportunities. Below, we will look at the two schools in New Mexico that students can attend while also participating in the NROTC program.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|University of New Mexico||4-year, public||Albuquerque, NM||$7,340||Student veteran organization, Military point of contact|
|Central New Mexico Community College||2-year, public||Albuquerque, NM||$1,472||Student veteran organization, Military point of contact|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Both the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Central New Mexico Community College (CNMCC) offer the NROTC program. However, the University of New Mexico serves as the host school for both, meaning midshipmen from CNMCC will need to travel to UNM's campus for NROTC activities. As Central New Mexico Community College is only a two-year school, students who attend this school will have to transfer to the University of New Mexico if they wish to complete the full four-year NROTC program.
Students at both schools are eligible for NROTC scholarships, which are provided by the Navy and can cover four years of full tuition, plus a monthly living stipend. These scholarships are given based on merit as well as the major that a student decides to pursue. The Navy categorizes majors into three different tiers, with tiers 1 and 2 generally receiving the majority of the scholarship money.
University of New Mexico
With almost 27,000 students, the University of New Mexico is a large and centrally located public university in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to NROTC National Scholarships, which are offered to students at all NROTC programs, members of the NROTC battalion at UNM also are eligible for MSISR scholarships, which are scholarships that are allotted to a school that is considered a Minority Serving Institution, meaning they have a large minority student population. These scholarships essentially function in the same way as the National Scholarships and students of all ethnicities are eligible for them.
The University of New Mexico offers a number of degree programs that are considered tier 1 and tier 2 programs by the Navy. Tier 1 programs include chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and nuclear engineering. Tier 2 programs include statistics, civil engineering, construction engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. Students in the NROTC program at UNM who intend to enter the Marine Corps after graduation can select the Marine Option and join the Bulldog Platoon.
Central New Mexico Community College
A relatively large community college with almost 25,000 undergraduate students, Central New Mexico Community College is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This school primarily offers 2-year associate's degree programs, which students could complete before transferring to the University of New Mexico or they could pursue general education credits that they could apply towards a degree at UNM. This may be a good option for students who are hoping to save money on tuition for a couple of years, as Central New Mexico Community College is significantly less expensive than the University of New Mexico. There are several associate's degree programs at this school that could prepare students well for tier 1 and tier 2 degree programs at the University of New Mexico. Some examples include programs in chemistry, biology, engineering, physics, biotechnology and construction management technology.