Michigan offers multiple opportunities to participate in an Army, Navy, or Air Force ROTC program while completing a college degree. The public university system, in particular, offers the chance to join ROTC whether you attend one of the state's public schools or you are enrolled at a nearby school that doesn't have its own ROTC facilities. Learn about the details of these programs and the schools that offer them below, including tuition and scholarship information.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||2017-2018 Tuition (in-state)*||Scholarship Options|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||4-year, Public||Ann Arbor, MI||$14,826||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
|Western Michigan University||4-year, Public||Kalamazoo, MI||$11,943||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend, and housing stipend|
|Calvin College||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Grand Rapids, MI||$33,100||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
|Michigan State University||4-year, Public||East Lansing, MI||$14,460||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend, and room and board scholarships|
|Spring Arbor University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Spring Arbor, MI||$27,750||Full scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of ROTC schools in Michigan
Some Michigan schools only offer an Army ROTC program, while larger ones give students the choice of joining the Army, Air Force or Navy ROTC contingents. For some of the schools described below, students will complete academic coursework at that school's campus, and travel to another nearby campus for most or all of the ROTC training, including classes, physical fitness and field exercises.
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is host to more than 40,000 students each year from all 50 states and over 100 foreign countries. This large, diverse student body can participate in either Army, Navy (including Marine Corps) or Air Force ROTC while completing one of the more than 275 degree programs available. Recipients of ROTC scholarships complete the full program and commission as second lieutenants in their chosen branch on graduation. Students who do not receive a scholarship can still enroll in the academic classes and participate in the other ROTC components as an elective. Each of the ROTC branches prioritize leadership development and comradery, by pairing cadets or midshipmen with each other in mentorship or sponsorship groups. More senior students are there to look out for newer recruits and answer their questions, providing a support structure while gaining valuable leadership experience.
Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University is located in Kalamazoo, a vibrant college town with ample outdoor recreation opportunities. Among more than 300 other student organizations, Western Michigan offers Army ROTC on campus, and Air Force ROTC at the nearby Michigan State University. Army cadets do physical fitness training three times per week and classroom and leadership training once per week. The leadership laboratory is attended by every cadet together, and it is entirely student-run, so cadets practice skills like marksmanship, navigation and survival while learning to plan and lead activities. Along with tuition scholarships and a monthly stipend, any scholarship recipient living on campus will also receive a room and board stipend of $3,000 per year. Air Force cadets train and learn at Michigan State University, which is described in more detail below.
Calvin College is a Christian-affiliated school with less than 4,000 students, nearly all of whom live on campus for their freshman and sophomore years. The result is a tight-knit community actively engaged in varsity and intramural athletics, student organizations, and community service. Calvin College pairs with the Grand Rapids branch of Western Michigan University to offer Army ROTC to its students. The two campuses are only one block away from each other, and Calvin students can complete the physical fitness component of the ROTC program in the school's own athletic facilities. They therefore only need to travel that one block to attend military science and leadership classes.
Michigan State University
Michigan State University (MSU) is home to Detachment 380, an Air Force ROTC program comprising nearly 100 cadets composed of MSU students as well those from four nearby colleges and universities. The program includes leadership training with increasing responsibility, aerospace studies coursework, and exciting opportunities like orientation flights and visits to air force bases. Michigan State also has an Army ROTC program that has been ranked one of the top in the country according to the school's website. The battalion is particularly high-achieving in ROTC competitions like 'Bold Warrior' and the Sandhurst competition, which involve completing physically and mentally challenging military tasks. Michigan State University offers its own competitive room and board scholarships of up to $10,000 on top of tuition scholarships and monthly stipends.
Spring Arbor University
Spring Arbor University is a liberal arts school with nearly 100 majors to choose from. It is rooted in the Christian faith, bringing students together through chapel and spiritual opportunities, while also offering intramural and intercollegiate athletics and other activities. Army ROTC is offered by the school's Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, in conjunction with a minor in military science and leadership. Spring Arbor University is also in a cross-town partnership with Eastern Michigan University, so some of the military science coursework may take place at EMU. The coursework includes topics like officership, military history, ethics, leadership and teamwork, preparing graduates for a commission into the Army.