Utah is home to three universities and colleges that offer their students the opportunity to participate in a Navy ROTC program and prepare for a career in the Navy or the Marines. A student's career goals, whether they want to attend a public or private institution, and their ability to secure financial aid or scholarships are all factors that may influence where a student decides to attend. We will learn a bit more about these schools and programs below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-State Tuition (2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|University of Utah||4-year, public||Salt Lake City, UT||$8,518||Credit for military training|
|Weber State University||4-year, public||Ogden, UT||$5,523||Multiple campuses, credit for military training|
|Westminster College||4-year, private||Salt Lake City, UT||$32,404||Westminster Military Association, credit for military training|
Source: *U.S. Department of Education
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Regardless of which of the three universities students in Utah decide to attend, they will participate in the Navy ROTC program through the University of Utah, as this is the school that hosts the program on its campus. The ROTC program is thus the same for each school, though there may be other considerations a student wishes to take into account when deciding which institution to attend. We will discuss each school in greater detail below.
University of Utah
One of the largest universities in the state, the University of Utah is the only school in Utah that offers an on-campus Navy ROTC program. Students are able to apply for NROTC scholarships through the U.S. Navy for the entirety of their time enrolled at the university or from the point that they join the NRTOC program. While students are able to enroll in any degree program, they should be aware that some degrees are preferred over others, according to the Navy's tiered degree system. Students who enroll in tier 1 and tier 2 majors, which are generally engineering, mathematics, and science focused, typically receive scholarships more frequently than those who enroll in tier 3 majors, which are all other majors. Some examples of degree programs offered at the University of Utah that would be considered tier 1 majors are mechanical engineering and chemical engineering. Tier 2 programs offered by the university include computer engineering, mathematics, and mining engineering.
Weber State University
Weber State University is a public university with a student population of almost 27,000. In addition to its primary campus in the city of Ogden, just north of Salt Lake City, WSU has seven other campuses in the surrounding area. The school is also able to offer over 225 degree and certificate programs. Students who elect to participate in the Navy ROTC program will do so by traveling to the University of Utah, a short drive to the south. Just like at the University of Utah, students can qualify for scholarships depending on the degree program they pursue. WSU offers an electrical engineering program that would be considered Tier 1 by the Navy. Tier 2 programs include computer engineering, computer science, physics, and mathematics.
Westminster College is a small private school located centrally in downtown Salt Lake City with a student population of around 2,700. Students have the option of selecting from around 40 different undergraduate degree programs. Students who elect to pursue a degree while also participating in the Navy ROTC program will have to travel to the nearby University of Utah campus to take part in drills, classes, and other ROTC components. Students can apply for NROTC scholarships to cover the cost of their tuition. Students interested in enrolling in Tier 1 programs will not find any options at Westminster College, as it only offers engineering courses and not degree programs. However, there are a number of Tier 2 degree program options, including degrees in physics, mathematics, chemistry, and computer science.