Navy ROTC (NROTC) programs are available at several 4-year schools in the state of Pennsylvania. Students can choose from a fairly even amount of public or private institutions, which typically affects tuition rates. Compare and contrast some of the schools in Pennsylvania that offer NROTC in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2017-2018)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|Carnegie Mellon University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Pittsburgh, PA||$53,910||NROTC scholarships|
|Pennsylvania State University||4-year, public||University Park, PA||$18,436||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
|University of Pennsylvania||4-year, private not-for-profit||Philadelphia, PA||$53,534||NROTC scholarships|
|Temple University||4-year, public||Philadelphia, PA||$16,658||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
|Villanova University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Villanova, PA||$51,284||NROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Overview of Pennsylvania Colleges with NROTC Programs
Pennsylvania offers students four unique NROTC programs throughout the state. However, students from four additional institutions may participate in NROTC through cross-town agreements with two host schools. Learn about each of the four main schools, as well as one of the affiliated institutions here.
Carnegie Mellon University
Known as the Steel City NROTC, Carnegie Mellon University's NROTC unit serves students from the university and two affiliated institutions, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. Midshipmen in NROTC must take a naval science course each semester, complete physical trainings and participate in Naval Laboratory. Midshipmen also are required to complete summer cruises to gain hands-on experience and being an active member of the Navy. Students can apply for 2-, 3- and 4-year national NROTC scholarships to pay for tuition, fees, books and receive a monthly stipend. They may also choose to participate in extracurricular activities like intramural sports or warfare clubs through NROTC.
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University offers NROTC to interested students on campus. Midshipmen in the program complete the standard physical training sessions, Leadership Laboratory, summer cruises and naval science coursework, with topics in leadership, maritime affairs, navigation, naval ships systems and naval operations. Students are eligible for national NROTC scholarships and participate in a New Student Orientation to learn about NROTC before the school year begins. Midshipmen at Penn State may choose to participate in extracurricular activities, including Basic Drill Team, Aviation Club, Surface Warfare Club, Special Warfare (SPECWAR) Club and Undersea Warfare Club.
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania offers NROTC to its students and students at Drexel University and Temple University. Students interested in participating may visit campus and shadow a current midshipman to learn more about the NROTC program. The unit also has a Freshmen Orientation Program, called Kilo Company, to help incoming freshmen ease into the program during an orientation week and their first few months of college. Midshipmen are expected to complete the standard NROTC requirements and can apply for national NROTC scholarships; however, these scholarships do not assist with room and board. Students in the program are free to engage in other campus organizations, such as student government, sports, and Greek life.
As mentioned, students at Temple University can participate in NROTC through a cross-enrollment agreement with the University of Pennsylvania. This means that students complete their academic requirements for their bachelor's degree at Temple University, but complete all of their NROTC requirements, including naval science coursework and trainings, at the University of Pennsylvania. Students may participate in the Navy-Option scholarship option or the College Program (non-scholarship option). In contrast to its host school, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University is a larger, public institution.
Villanova University allows its students to participate in NROTC to pursue commission into the Navy. Incoming freshmen participate in the India Company, the orientation program to prepare students for drills and physical trainings. Midshipmen participate in naval science courses, physical trainings, Leadership Lab and summer cruises and are eligible to apply for national NROTC scholarships to pay for school expenses. Midshipmen are still allowed and encouraged to study abroad, take internship opportunities and participate in extracurricular activities, like Greek life, school clubs and sports.