The state of New York is home to a relatively high number of colleges and universities that offer students the option of enrolling in a Navy Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NROTC) program. In selecting a program, students may want to consider whether they are interested in attending a public or private school, their financial obligations and ability to pay for tuition, and the geographical location of the school. In the article below, we'll explore a few of these programs to help students make more informed decisions.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Cornell University||4-year, private||Ithaca, NY||$50,953||Yellow Ribbon Program|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||4-year, private||Troy, NY||$50,797||Yello Ribbon Program, student veteran organization, military services staff|
|State University of New York Maritime College||4-year, public||Throggs Neck, NY||$7,834||Yellow Ribbon Program, military experience transfer credit, military services staff, student veteran organization|
|University of Rochester||4-year, private||Rochester, NY||$50,142||Yello Ribbon Program, student veteran organization|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Within the state of New York, students have four major college and university options to choose from that offer a Navy ROTC program. However, the majority of these schools also act as the host of the Navy ROTC program for a number of other colleges and universities in the area. In total, there are 12 schools in New York in which students can participate in a Navy ROTC program, 8 of which are affiliate schools that will require students to travel to one of the four main host campuses. Below, we will discuss each of these four schools in detail, focusing on what each their program unique and whether they are affiliated with other schools.
One of the most highly ranked schools in the nation, Cornell University is a private school with a student population of almost 15,000 undergraduates. Students who enroll in the NROTC program as freshmen are eligible for a four-year full tuition scholarship if they apply while they are seniors in high school. They are also given a monthly stipend that increases for each year they remain in the program, though students are responsible for financing their own room and board. For students already enrolled at Cornell, they can apply for a three-year scholarship during their freshman year or enter the College Program during later years in school. For incoming freshmen, Cornell organizes a special NROTC orientation week designed to help build community and camaraderie amongst the new students. Students participating in the NROTC program are required to complete eight naval science specific courses over the span of their four years in school, in addition to other program course requirements. Students are allowed to pursue any major while at Cornell, though it is encouraged for students to select a Tier 1 or Tier 2 major that are science, math, and engineering based. Examples of Tier 1 degrees at Cornell include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemical engineering, while Tier 2 programs include biomedical engineering, computer science, and civil engineering.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is a private school that acts as a host campus for two other nearby affiliate schools: Union College and Russell Sage College (nursing students only). The scholarship program details at RPI are similar to those at Cornell in that high school seniors can apply for full-tuition four-year scholarships, while freshmen are eligible for three-year scholarships or can participate in NROTC through the College Program. In addition, RPI also offers a two-year scholarship that students who have already completed two years of undergraduate study are eligible for. Students who are enrolled in Tier 1 and Tier 2 degree programs receive scholarships at a higher amount than students who pursue other degrees. At RPI, students can select from a number of Tier 1 approved programs, like aeronautical engineering, chemical engineering, systems engineering electrical engineering, and nuclear engineering. Tier 2 programs include civil engineering, biomedical engineering, and civil engineering.
State University of New York Maritime College
The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College is a small public school located just outside of Manhattan and is one of only six state maritime academies in the country. The school acts as an NROTC host campus for a few other nearby schools: Fordham University, Columbia University, and Molloy College (nursing students only). The scholarship information for NROTC students is the same as at both the other institutions mentioned above. Because of its designation as a maritime school, SUNY Maritime also offers a number of unique opportunities for its students, such as the ability to join the program as a Strategic Sealift Officer candidate and a number of more naval-specific degree programs. Students who are interested in pursuing Tier 1 degree programs at SUNY Maritime can select from electrical engineering, marine engineering, naval architecture, or mechanical engineering, among other options. Tier 2 programs include marine transportation and marine environmental science.
University of Rochester
The University of Rochester is a private school with over 6,000 undergraduates that also acts as the host campus for the NROTC program for the Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, and the State University of New York at Brockport. The school offers prospective midshipmen the same scholarship opportunities as the other programs available in New York. Students enrolled at the University of Rochester can select from three degree programs that are considered to be Tier 1: chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. There are a number of Tier 2 degree program options including biochemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering science.