Navy ROTC Programs in Tennessee

Feb 28, 2018

Students in Tennessee can participate in Navy ROTC at a few schools in the Nashville or Memphis areas. Here we discuss some of the differences between these schools' programs as well as their tuition rates.

Tennessee offers students several public and private institutions that allow participation in Navy ROTC (NROTC). Learn about a few of the schools, their tuition rates and scholarship opportunities here.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)* Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits
University of Memphis 4-year, public Memphis, TN $9,125 NROTC scholarships
Vanderbilt University 4-year, private not-for-profit Nashville, TN $45,610 NROTC scholarships
Rhodes College 4-year, private not-for-profit Memphis, TN $44,942 NROTC scholarships
Christian Brothers University 4-year, private not-for-profit Memphis, TN $30,860 NROTC scholarships
Tennessee State University 4-year, public Nashville, TN $7,256 NROTC scholarships

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Overview of Tennessee Colleges with Navy ROTC Programs

Despite only having two unique NROTC programs, students in Tennessee still have several different school options through cross-town agreements. NROTC midshipmen at these schools rely on competitive national NROTC scholarships for funding. Below you can compare a few of the different schools and their programs.

University of Memphis

The Department of Naval Science at the University of Memphis offers participation in NROTC for students interested in becoming commissioned Naval officers. The school also offers participation to students in two additional local institutions through cross-town agreements and a College Program for students who would like to join NROTC but did not receive a national scholarship. Incoming midshipmen participate in an orientation program to prepare them for the requirements of NROTC with daily coursework and training sessions. Students in NROTC are expected to complete coursework in naval science that covers topics in leadership, naval operations, naval ship systems, naval science and more. Students are eligible to apply for national 4-year or 2-year NROTC scholarships to help pay for tuition, fees and textbooks.

Vanderbilt University

Known as the Commodore Battalion, Vanderbilt University offers participation in NROTC to its students and students in a couple of cross-town institutions. Midshipmen in the program are required to complete a naval science course each semester, a physical training session each week and a naval science lab once a week. Incoming midshipmen participate in an orientation where they learn about the program and complete a Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA). Students in the traditional 4-year program also complete summer training opportunities to help them gain experience and narrow down their career goals within the Navy. Interested students can apply for NROTC scholarships while they are in high school.

Rhodes College

Students at Rhodes College can participate in NROTC through a cross-town agreement with the University of Memphis. Participating midshipmen are still considered full-time students at Rhodes College but fulfill all of their NROTC requirements at the University of Memphis. Therefore, students earn a bachelor's degree in one of various majors from Rhodes College, but gain commission into the Navy from successful completion of the NROTC program at the University of Memphis. Those who have earned a national NROTC scholarship can apply their financial aid towards tuition and fees at Rhodes. Rhodes is a smaller, private school option in comparison to the much larger, public University of Memphis.

Christian Brothers University

Christian Brothers University is the other cross-town institution that allows its students to participate in NROTC through an agreement with the University of Memphis. Students are full-time at Christian Brothers University but enroll in naval science at the University of Memphis and complete NROTC program requirements there. Students can still apply for national NROTC scholarships and apply them to their expenses at Christian Brothers University, but the University of Memphis provides them with the necessary uniforms for the program. Christian Brothers University is also a smaller, private institution in Memphis with Lasallian education ties. Class sizes average just 14 students.

Tennessee State University

Students at Tennessee State University can participate in NROTC through a cross-town agreement with Vanderbilt University. Like other cross-town institutions, students complete their NROTC requirements at Vanderbilt while taking courses towards their undergraduate degree at Tennessee State. Students must complete naval science coursework in topics like ships weapons systems, navigation, the evolution of warfare and more, in addition to regular physical training and summer training sessions. The program is typically 4 years in length and students can apply for 4-year NROTC scholarships prior to entering college or be nominated for 3- or 2-year scholarships once they are in college. Tennessee State is a historically black college/university and public institution with roughly the same population size of undergraduate students as Vanderbilt.

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