The Navy Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NROTC) program is designed to prepare students for a career in the Navy upon graduating from college. Students interested in pursuing an NROTC program in the state of New Jersey have a couple of options. A student's academic interests, the size and selectiveness of the school, and whether or not a student wishes to commute regularly will all play a role in making a decision. We will discuss these options in detail below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Rutgers University||4-year, public||New Brunswick, NJ||$14,372||NROTC Scholarships|
|Princeton University||4-year, private||Princeton, NJ||$45,320||NROTC Scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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In New Jersey, students have two options when deciding where to attend college while participating in an NROTC program. They can choose between either Rutgers University or Princeton University. However, as Rutgers is the state's only NRTOC program host campus, all NROTC students in New Jersey will participate in the same program at Rutgers. Beyond the NROTC program, these two universities also are quite different in terms of size and tuition price, among a number of other factors that we will explore below.
The NROTC program at Rutgers University was established in 2012, and is the only host campus for the program in the state of New Jersey. Rutgers University is the largest university in the state , with over 36,000 undergraduates enrolled at the main campus in New Brunswick.
In accordance with the national NROTC guidelines, students who commit to the NROTC program as high school seniors are eligible for four-year full tuition scholarships. These scholarships cover tuition and include funds for university fees and books. Recipients also receive a monthly stipend that increases every year a student stays in the program. Students who join the program after freshmen year can still apply for scholarships or participate through the College Program, which does not include a scholarship.
The Navy has categorized degree programs into three tiers in accordance to the relevance of the degree to a future in the Navy. Most scholarships are awarded to students who select majors from Tiers 1 or 2. Tier 1 programs at Rutgers include electrical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, and systems engineering. Rutgers offers an even greater number of Tier 2 programs include biomedical engineering, civil engineering, materials engineering, mathematics, and physics.
Princeton University is a prestigious private university located in Princeton, NJ. It is considerably smaller than Rutgers, with an undergraduate population of 5,400. A member of the Ivy League, Princeton is highly selective, admitting only 6.4% of all applicants.
Princeton is an affiliate school of Rutgers' NROTC program. Students enrolled at Princeton who also are involved in NROTC participate in the program on the Rutgers campus. The NROTC program requires weekly drilling and class exercises, thus requiring students to frequently commute from Princeton to Rutgers (less than 20 miles). Students at Princeton have the same NROTC scholarships opportunities, which would cover full tuition at Princeton.
Academically, Princeton offers a number of both Tier 1 and Tier 2 programs. Tier 1 programs include mechanical and aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering. Tier 2 programs include mathematics, computer science, civil engineering, astrophysical science, and chemistry.