The state of Illinois is home to seven postsecondary institutions that offer participation in Naval Reserve Officers Training Corp (NROTC). Although most of these schools are in the greater Chicago area, there are a couple of options in the middle of the state as well. Compare and contrast some of the different schools in Illinois with NROTC programs.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2017-2018)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|Illinois Institute of Technology||4-year, private not-for-profit||Chicago, IL||$45,864||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
|Northwestern University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evanston, IL||$52,678||NROTC scholarships|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||4-year, public||Champaign, IL||$15,074||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
|Parkland College||2-year, public||Champaign, IL||$11,100||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
|Loyola University Chicago||4-year, private not-for-profit||Chicago, IL||$43,078||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Overview of Illinois Colleges with NROTC Programs
Although Illinois has seven schools that offer participation in NROTC, there are only three unique NROTC programs at three different institutions that serve as host schools for the other four affiliated institutions. Find out about each host school and their programs, as well as a couple of the affiliated institutions.
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology offers participation in NROTC to its students and the students of Kennedy King College and the University of Illinois at Chicago, through cross-town agreements. Midshipmen in the program complete weekly physical training (PT) sessions, attend Naval Science Lab and take naval science coursework. Students can apply for 2-, 3- and 4-year national NROTC scholarships to help pay for tuition and receive a monthly stipend and the Illinois Institute of Technology also covers room and board for midshipmen. Midshipmen in NROTC may also choose to participate in NROTC activities and events, including Color Guard, Endurance Team, Crow's Nest Newsletter, Drill Team, SULE Lab and Military Ball. Students are also encouraged to participate in other school clubs, Greek life or sports.
Northwestern University provides NROTC to its students and the students at Loyola University in Chicago. Midshipmen complete the standard NROTC requirements of naval science coursework, PT sessions and Leadership Lab, as well as summer training sessions for hands-on experience. Students are eligible for 4-year national NROTC scholarships as high school students or can enter the program through the College Program and pursue national NROTC scholarships as college students. Midshipmen may participate in Endurance Team, Color Guard, Drill Squad or other campus activities, like undergraduate research or intramural sports. Midshipmen also attend NROTC events, such as Military Ball and Dining-In.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In comparison to the other two host schools (discussed above), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a large, public institution. The school offers NROTC to its students, as well as the students at Parkland College. Midshipmen candidates participate in a New Student Orientation Program to learn about the unit and prepare for participation in the battalion. Midshipmen complete the standard NROTC program requirements with PT sessions, Leadership Lab, naval science courses and summer trainings. Students can apply for national NROTC scholarships, but room and board is not included. Midshipmen may participate in Drill Team or Endurance Team and the unit does produce a monthly newsletter.
As mentioned, students at Parkland College can participate in NROTC at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since Parkland College is a 2-year school, students complete first- and second-year NROTC coursework at the University of Illinois and then transfer to another institution to complete the third- and fourth-year requirements. These students are eligible to apply for Illinois State ROTC Community College Transfer Scholarships. While at Parkland, midshipmen complete all of their NROTC requirements at the University of Illinois, which is about a 25 minute drive from Parkland. This includes their naval science courses and drills.
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago is the additional school that can participate in Northwestern University's NROTC program. Like Northwestern, Loyola is a private institution, but it is slightly larger than Northwestern with about 11,100 undergraduate students, per the NCES. Applying to Loyola University is a separate process from applying for national NROTC scholarships, but students are still eligible to do so. Midshipmen complete their undergraduate coursework at Loyola, but attend PT sessions, naval science courses and Leadership Lab on campus at Northwestern.