The Navy ROTC (NROTC) program is a preparatory program that is designed to prepare students for a career in the Navy upon graduating from college. However, any student can participate in the program if they are accepted, regardless of whether they choose to commit to the Navy. The state of Oregon only has one school that offers an NROTC program. We will discuss this program in detail below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Oregon State University||4-year, public||Corvallis, OR||$10,366||Credit for military training, military support services, NROTC scholarships|
Source: *U.S. Department of Education
In the state of Oregon, students who are interested in participating in an NROTC program would need to enroll at Oregon State University. Students who are accepted into this NROTC program as high school seniors are eligible for four-year full tuition scholarships and monthly stipends, which are provided by the Navy. These scholarships are generally awarded on a merit basis and also take into account a student's selected undergraduate major. The Navy categorizes majors into three different tiers, with degrees from the first two tiers generally being the most desirable, and thus the ones that receive the majority of the scholarship money.
Students can also join the NROTC program after enrolling as a student as OSU and still be eligible for scholarship money. Alternately, they can participate in the program through the College Program, which means they do not receive scholarship money but also are not required to commit to serving in the military upon graduation.
Oregon State University
Oregon State University is the largest university in the entire state of Oregon, with over 26,500 undergraduate students and over 5,000 graduate students. At Oregon State University, students have a wide variety of degree programs to select from, many of which fall within the tier 1 and tier 2 categories as designated by the Navy. Tier 1 programs at OSU include chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and nuclear engineering. Tier 2 programs include manufacturing engineering, civil engineering, and ocean science.
Students who enroll in the NROTC program at Oregon State University will be required to take a minor in US Naval Science in addition to their major degree program. For new recruits to the NROTC program, there is a week-long new student orientation held before official classes begin in the fall semester. During this orientation, students will participate in physical drills, be fitted for their uniforms, and get to know their fellow recruits. As midshipmen, NROTC participants continue participating in drills, take leadership courses in addition to their major and minor courses, and undergo summer cruise training.