The five schools discussed below either host NROTC programs or participate in programs via cross-town agreements with other nearby schools in Texas. NROTC programs can be found at both public and private schools. Reviewing each option will help prospective cadets make an informed decision.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-State Tuition (2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|University of Houston||4-year, public||Houston, Texas||$9,519||4-year NROTC scholarships, 2-year NROTC scholarships, military credit|
|Prairie View A&M University||4-year, public||Prairie View, Texas||$10,059||4-year NROTC scholarships, 2-year NROTC scholarships, MSISR Scholarship, military credit|
|University of Texas-Austin||4-year, public||Austin, Texas||$10,092||4-year NROTC scholarships, 2-year scholarships, HBCU Scholarship Program, Frederick C. Branch Marine Leadership scholarships, Seaman-to-Admiral Program, Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP), military credit|
|Texas A&M University-College Station||4-year, public||College Station, Texas||$11,036||NROTC scholarships, MECEP, Seaman-to-Admiral Program, military credit|
|Rice University||4-year, private||Houston, Texas||$43,918||NROTC scholarships, room and board scholarship, MECEP, Seaman-to-Admiral Program, military credit|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Overview of NROTC Colleges in Texas
Aspiring service members wanting to enlist as a Second Lieutenant in the Navy can start off as a cadet (or midshipmen) at a Texas college. All NROTC programs follow the same structure, requiring students to complete physical training, drills, summer cruise training and naval science coursework. All of the following institutions allow students to take part in NROTC training, and they're also known to provide various scholarships to those with financial needs.
University of Houston
The University of Houston takes part in the NROTC program at Rice University through a cross-town agreement, which means students are enrolled at the University of Houston and complete their regular academic coursework there, but also travel to Rice University for NROTC training. The University of Houston offers full scholarships to aspiring NROTC participants who qualify. Cadets in their sophomore year also have access to 2-year program options and scholarships to help fund tuition costs. Additional options also exist for non-scholars such as the U.S. Marine Corps Program, which allows students to enroll and receive military training without a scholarship. NCES reported that the University of Houston enrolled more than 43,700 undergraduate and graduate college students in 2016-2017.
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University is home to more than 8,780 students, as stated by 2016-2017 NCES reports. This school also takes part in the NROTC program at Rice University via a cross-town agreement. Typically, students can enroll in the NROTC program after applying for a 2-, 3-, or 4-year NROTC scholarship, which provides book and monthly allowances as well as full tuition coverage. College seekers wanting to enroll as a marine or naval trainee may also be interested in the Minority Serving Institution Scholarship Reservation Program (MSISR) specifically made for Historically Black College University (HBCU) students. Eligible scholars will have access to the same benefits as any other NROTC scholarship recipient.
University of Texas-Austin
More than 51,300 students attended the University of Texas' Austin campus during the 2016-2017 school year. As nontraditional students, navy cadets have access to 4-year high school scholarships and 2-year college scholarships. Two options are also available for those who want to apply for an HBCU scholarship, such as the HBCU Scholarship Program for navy options and Frederick C. Branch Marine Leadership Scholarship for marine options. UT at Austin also supports active duty service members who want to return to school to become an officer. For example, the NROTC-affiliated Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) and Seaman-to-Admiral Program both ensure that marines and navy personnel receive a commission while pursuing a postsecondary education.
Texas A&M University-College Station
Texas A&M University typically serves 40-50 scholars through its NROTC program, which it hosts. Every year, the school offers first-year students a 4-year scholarship. Two- or 3-year scholarships are also possible for naval and marine cadets who are entering their second year without funding. For the most part, these scholarships help students pay for tuition, also providing a once-per-month stipend and allowance for textbook fees. Texas A&M also offers a MECEP and Seaman-to-Admiral program. More than 65,600 students attend the midsize campus, as sourced from NCES data for 2016-2017.
According to the NCES, Rice University was teaching more than 6,800 college students in 2016-2017. Students in the NROTC program are supported through several financial aid options, including a room and board scholarship. In addition to a textbook stipend and monthly allowance, midshipmen have access to full tuition funding once approved for an NROTC scholarship, which also provides cost-free books and uniforms. Rice University's NROTC program also has MECEP and Seaman-to-Admiral options for active duty military members who want to participate and gain officer training.