Students in South Carolina have four total schools to choose from that offer Navy ROTC (NROTC) programs, but only two unique programs. Compare and contrast these two main schools, their tuition rates and their programs.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|University of South Carolina||4-year, public||Columbia, SC||$11,454||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
|Citadel Military College of South Carolina||4-year, public||Charleston, SC||$11,734||Credit for military training, NROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of South Carolina Colleges with Navy ROTC Programs
South Carolina offers two unique NROTC programs and two additional cross-town schools that are able to participate in the program. Below we highlight the two schools with their individual programs.
University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina offers participation in NROTC to its students, as well as to students from Allen University and Midlands Technical College. Known as the Gamecock Battalion, the school's program results in commission as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps. Midshipmen in the program complete weekly physical training and naval science courses. The program places an emphasis on academics and the unit provides free tutoring to students in calculus and physics, as well as a Study Hours program to help students in any course. Students may also choose to participate in additional clubs, like Cockpit Club or Nuclear Power Club. Those in the Marine Option must participate in Semper Fidelis Society, while those in the Navy option can learn about surface warfare careers in the Blue & Gold Society. Students in either option can compete for 2-, 3- or 4-year scholarships to help pay for tuition, fees, books and other expenses.
Citadel Military College of South Carolina
The Citadel Military College of South Carolina, commonly known as the Citadel, also offers participation in NROTC that can result in commission as an officer to the Navy or Marine Corps. Midshipmen complete classroom and field training instruction to learn about and prepare for the Navy. Students also participate in physical training three times a week. They may choose to participate in additional activities, such as Rifle Legion Drill Team or Regimental Band and Pipes. Students are eligible to compete for national NROTC scholarships.