New York City ROTC Colleges

Sep 26, 2018

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs are available for prospective students interested in the military culture. We have listed 5 New York City colleges that offer ROTC.

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New York City campus life can be quite exciting with the city serving as sort of an extension to the hustle and bustle. These New York City colleges offer Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs. Let's take a look at these schools in more detail.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In-state, 2017-2018)* Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits
Columbia University in the City of New York 4-Year, Private New York, New York $57,208 Scholarships, Grants
New York University 4-Year, Private New York, New York $50,464 Veterans' Tuition Award (NY State Residents), Scholarships for Military-Connected Students (Vets, Dependents, and Spouses)
CUNY City College 4-Year, Public New York, New York $6,940 Scholarships
Pace University 4-Year, Private New York, New York $43,986 Scholarships
St. John's University-New York 4-Year, Private Queens, New York $40,520 Scholarships

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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School Overview

The colleges listed here are located in New York City and offer Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs for students contemplating a career as an officer in the military. Some of the colleges listed are ROTC hosts, and some are affiliates. All ROTC activities are conducted at the host school. Students take their classes at the college they are enrolled in. We will explore these schools in more detail.

Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University in the City of New York participates in the Air Force, Army, and Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs. Columbia hosts the Naval ROTC program on campus while the Army ROTC program takes place at Fordham University and the Air Force ROTC program is located at Manhattan College.

Veterans may find the U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University (MilVets) student group at Columbia University's School of General Studies an essential resource for learning about military culture and networking with other veterans. Another useful supportive service for military-affiliated students is the General Studies Office of Educational Financing, which counsels students on veteran educational benefits.

New York University

The opportunity to participate in ROTC is available through New York University (NYU). The Army ROTC is based at Fordham University, and the Air Force ROTC is based at Manhattan College.

NYU is tied at #10 on the U.S. News & World Report 2019 ''Best Colleges for Veterans'' list. NYU has student veteran clubs that military-affiliated students may find beneficial. Veterans and their families can obtain free care and therapy at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic. Students participating in the Army ROTC attend the ROTC class and lab once a week and exercises three times a week.

The City College of New York (CUNY City College)

CUNY City College has an Army ROTC program for students who wish to become officers in the Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve. The Army ROTC program offers scholarship and stipends, which are awarded based on grades and merit.

CUNY conducts intense coursework and field training in a program called Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET). CIET is a 4-week program held in Fort Knox, Kentucky, during the summer. It is an accelerated program that replaces the first two years Basic Course and qualifies the cadet for the Advanced Course.

Pace University

Students who wish to participate in ROTC may do so with the schools that Pace University has partnered with. Manhattan College hosts the Air Force ROTC program, while Fordham University and St. John's University serves as host schools for the Army ROTC program.

Prospective students are encouraged to take a student-led tour of the New York City campus. Manhattan College's Air Force ROTC has two commissioning programs: a three-year and a four-year. The student participates in the four-year ROTC program from their freshman year to their senior year. The three-year program allows sophomores, junior transfer students, and other students with six or more semesters remaining to obtain their Air Force commission while participating in the program.

St. John's University

St. John's University offers the Army ROTC program. This program prepares students to serve as commissioned officers in the Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard upon graduation.

Cadets who have accumulated a PT score of 300 or more are inducted into the 300 Club. Their names are listed on a plaque in the ROTC building. Each commissioning lieutenant receives a battalion coin displaying a unique tracking number that identifies them as alumni of St. John's ROTC program. The cadet who exemplifies the most spirit will receive the annual USAA spirit award, a certificate and their name will be included on a plaque in the ROTC building.

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