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Navy ROTC: Forged by the Sea of Leadership

The Reserve Officer Training Program (ROTC) for the Navy is unique, in that its graduates are those who lead and serve as commissioned officers in three crucial components within the United States Navy: the Marine Corps, the Navy Nurse Corp, and the Navy’s unrestricted line.

Furthermore, only the best applicants are selected for the Navy ROTC Scholarship Program through a highly competitive national selection process.

Awardees receive full tuition, book stipends, educational fees and many other financial benefits while attending our country’s leading universities.

The Navy ROTC Program was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally, and physically to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, and loyalty, and with the core values of honor, courage and commitment…

Navy ROTC Information

Navy ROTC (NROTC) is a multi-year program that runs alongside a student’s normal college or university program. NROTC students attend classes in Naval Science, participate in the Navy ROTC unit for drill, physical training, and learn the principles and ideals of a military officer.

During summer breaks, NROTC students participate in a variety of training activities. These range from a 6-week Marine Corps course, assignments to nuclear vessels, and assignments to aviation units.

These summer courses give students a glimpse of the career opportunities available once they commission. Additionally, summer training familiarizes Cadets with the military lifestyle.

All Navy ROTC students must select one of these three options:

Navy Option

Leads to post-graduation commissioning as a US Navy ensign in any of the various Naval warfare communities.

Marine Corps Option

Leads to post-graduation commissioning as a second lieutenant in the US Marine Corps.

Nurse Option

Leads to post-graduation commissioning in the US Navy as an ensign in the Navy Nursing Corps, a part of the Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine.

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Scholarship Information

There are many benefits offered by the National Scholarship. Check out the  National Scholarship Benefits page for more the full list. It also addresses what is NOT covered by the scholarship.

Ensure that you carefully review the Program Requirements, as some of them can be tricky and time-consuming to complete.

Then, familiarize yourself with the Scholarship Application Process. The online application is extensive and can take several hours to complete. 

The Navy ROTC website has offered an Application Information Checklist (PDF) to assist with the process of gathering information and ensuring that your application is complete.

If you have questions about filling out the application, or need assistance with doing so, there are coordinators available, which can be found using this resource: Locate a Coordinator.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

While the National Scholarship is highly competitive, there are other scholarship opportunities available to achieve your dream of becoming a commissioned officer. 

For the Navy only option, there is the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Scholarship Program.

For the Marine Corps only option, there are two:

  1. Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarship
  2. General Pedro Del Valle Leadership Scholarship

There are also opportunities available with the NROTC Preparatory Scholarship Reservations (NPSR) Program.


Navy ROTC College List, by state

The following list contains the current military friendly colleges and schools that participate in Navy ROTC. Unique to the Navy is the Nurse Corps. The schools that offer Nursing programs are marked with (RN), while the schools that offer only the Nurse program are marked with (RN only).

The schools marked with (RN), or ones that are without marking, are those that can commission into the regular Navy and Marine Corps as well. However, there is one school that only commissions into the Navy.

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New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

University of Rochester

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • St. John Fisher College
  • State University of New York at Brockport

North Carolina

Duke University

North Carolina State University

University of North Carolina


Miami University (RN)

Ohio State University


University of Oklahoma


Oregon State University


Carnegie Mellon University

  • Duquesne University (RN)
  • University of Pittsburgh (RN)

Pennsylvania State University (RN)

University of Pennsylvania (RN)

  • Drexel University (RN)
  • Temple University (RN)

Villanova University (RN)

South Carolina

The Citadel

University of South Carolina

  • Allen University
  • Midlands Technical College


University of Memphis

  • Christian Brothers University
  • Rhodes College

Vanderbilt University

  • Belmont University (RN only)
  • Tennessee State University


Prairie View A&M University

Rice University

  • Texas Southern University
  • University of Houston – University Park

Texas A&M University

  • Texas A&M at Galveston (Navy option only)

University of Texas (RN)

  • Huston-Tillotson University


University of Utah

  • Weber State University
  • Westminster College


Norwich University (RN)


Hampton University

Norfolk State University

  • Tidewater Community College

Old Dominion University

  • Regent University

University of Virginia (RN)

Virginia Military Institute

  • Mary Baldwin University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute


University of Washington

  • Seattle University (RN only)


Marquette University (RN)

  • Milwaukee School of Engineering (RN)
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin


Forge Your Future

Time is running out to drop your application for the 2022 cycle.

If your dream is to commission into the Navy or Marine Corps, do not let education stand in the way.

Jump on that application. It’s full speed ahead!

For more info on the Navy ROTC Scholarship program, you can go here.


(Image courtesy of Seaman Drace Wilson, published by the US Navy)





About the author

Terry Howell is a retired Coast Guard veteran, where he served for 20 years.

He is currently the Executive Director for Veterans' Legacies, a non-profit that works to preserve veterans personal stories to help educate our youth.

Terry is also the author of The Military Advantage, an annually updated guide to military and veteran benefits.