Maryland has a variety of options for prospective or current college students to participate in Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC are all available within the state, and some schools offer special programs like study abroad, nursing ROTC, and foreign language initiatives. Learn more about the academic, scholarship, and extracurricular offerings of a few Maryland ROTC colleges.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||2017-2018 Tuition (in-state)*||Scholarship Options|
|University of Maryland||4-year, Public||College Park, MD||$10,399||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend; special language scholarships|
|Loyola University Maryland||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Baltimore, MD||$47,560||Full scholarships for incoming students and opportunities to apply each year|
|Johns Hopkins University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Baltimore, MD||$52,170||Full and partial scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
|Salisbury University||4-year, Public||Salisbury, MD||$9,582||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend; special nursing scholarships|
|Morgan State University||4-year, Public||Baltimore, MD||$7,766||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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Overview of ROTC schools in Maryland
Some Maryland schools only offer the Army ROTC program, but others give students the choice of participating in Army, Navy or Airforce ROTC. Scholarship options to help cover tuition and fees are available with every Maryland ROTC program. The descriptions below provide more detail about what sets each Maryland ROTC program apart.
University of Maryland
The University of Maryland has campuses across the state, but its main campus is in College Park. This campus is home to Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC units. Each one prepares students for future commissions as military officers in the branch of their choice, while allowing them to have an otherwise normal college experience. The University of Maryland participates in the Department of Defense initiative Project GO. This program promotes Arabic and Persian language learning, with the goal of grooming future military officers with critical foreign language skills. All students who are selected to participate receive a full scholarship and have the chance to study abroad. Otherwise, ROTC students at UMD can join any number of other activities or programs, including advanced training programs and athletic teams like the Ranger Challenge.
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University Maryland is a historically Jesuit, liberal arts university in the Baltimore area. The university has an Army ROTC program, which students can participate in as an elective during their freshman and sophomore years, or as a full participant in exchange for a scholarship and/or officer commission upon graduation. Army ROTC at Loyola University incorporates physical fitness training several times per week, military science classes, and a weekly leadership lab. In addition to these standard weekly activities, cadets can complete hands-on training courses on topics ranging from cultural understanding to mountain warfare. Full program cadets participate in the 29-day capstone Advanced Camp, which covers even more exciting topics like land navigation, confidence building, weapons familiarization, and more.
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University is a prestigious school in the heart of Baltimore that prides itself on its diversity, academic esteem, and focus on research. Over 20% of the student body come from foreign countries, and there are over 1,000 international research and academic programs affiliated with Johns Hopkins. Any Johns Hopkins student can participate in its Army ROTC program as an elective, an academic minor, or the full program. You'll work toward a diploma in the major of your choice while participating in leadership training and physical fitness activities. The training curriculum is divided into a two-year Basic Course and two-year Advanced Course, each of which build as they progress to provide extensive leadership development and military skills education.
Salisbury University's Army ROTC program officially falls under the University of Delaware's battalion. However, most ROTC training activities take place right on Salisbury's campus, and students get a chance to travel to the nearby University of Delaware campus for larger ROTC events and to build camaraderie within the multi-school battalion. As with the other Maryland ROTC programs, Salisbury students can elect to take up to the full Basic Course without incurring an obligation to serve in the U.S. Army on graduation. Or, they can complete the full program or receive scholarship benefits in exchange for commissioning as an Army officer. Either way, students will gain leadership and tactical experience that goes far beyond what they could learn in a typical classroom. They can also participate in Army ROTC activities like the Color Guard or field training exercises. Nursing students can get a full scholarship for Army ROTC, which reimburses certain nursing-specific education costs and provides a stipend, as students prepare for careers in the Army Nurse Corps.
Morgan State University
This Historically Black University today focuses on creating an academic environment with a racially and socioeconomically diverse student and faculty population. It lies north of Baltimore and also strives to maintain strong ties to the community needs of the greater metropolitan area. Morgan State has a long, rich Army ROTC history, and completing two years of ROTC used to be required for every male student. Today, any Morgan State student can choose to make their college experience even richer by joining the Army ROTC battalion through the school's military science department. The academic program allows students to participate in any number of training activities and take classes that cover military organization and operations, equipment, management and communication, tactical skills, and more.