Click on the questions below to find out more about NROTC at Marquette University.

Questions:

  1. What are the eligibility requirements for a Four Year National Scholarship?
  2. How do I apply for an NROTC scholarship?
  3. What must I do to prepare a competitive application to the NROTC program?
  4. If I do not get offered a scholarship when I am in high school, can I still join the NROTC program?
  5. Once I am offered a scholarship, can I take it to any university that I am accepted at?
  6. Why should I come to Marquette University instead of other schools with a NROTC program?
  7. What is expected of me while I am in the NROTC program?
  8. Are there any requirements for what I need to major in?
  9. Are NROTC students required to live in the same dorm or can I live in any place I choose?
  10. How much time is required and what will I be doing on summer training?
  11. After I am in the NROTC program can I switch between Navy, Navy Nurse, and Marine Corps options?
  12. What if I decide I do not like the program? Can I quit at any time?
  13. What are my obligations to the Navy or the Marine Corps after I graduate from college?
  14. What will I do in the Navy or the Marine Corps after I graduate from college?

Answers:

What are the eligibility requirements for a Four Year National Scholarship?

As with getting accepted to most colleges and universities, the NROTC program is looking for well-rounded, highly motivated, and academically qualified candidates. The three most important areas are grades, SAT/ACT scores, and participation in extra-curricular activities. Having leadership positions in extra-curricular activities is an additional benefit.

Applicants must meet the requirements below:

1) Citizenship. U. S. born or naturalized citizen

2) Age. Not less than 17 years of age by 1 September of the year starting college and no more than 23 years of age on 30 June of that year

a) Must not reach their 27th birthday by 30 June of the year in which graduation and commissioning are anticipated.

b) Applicants with prior military service may be eligible for age adjustments equal to their prior service, on a month-by- month basis, for a maximum of 36 months, provided they do not reach their 30th birthday by 30 June of the year graduation and commissioning are anticipated.

3) Education. Must have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate by 1 August of the year of entrance into the four-year scholarship program.

4) Academic. Applicants must achieve the following qualifying scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT), or meet the following requirements:

a) Navy/Navy Nurse:

i) SAT: 530 Critical Reading; 520 Math

ii) ACT: 22 Verbal; 21 Math

iii) For application purposes, NSTC will evaluate candidates based on the highest score in each individual category if the applicant elects to take these tests multiple times.

iv) If applicants do not meet the minimum ACT/SAT scores, they must be in the top 10% of their graduating class to qualify for a scholarship.

b) Marine:

i) SAT: 1000 Composite

ii) ACT: 22 Composite

iii) Scores will be taken from the MOST RECENT test.

5) Physical. This is not required during the selection process; however, the applicant must be certified as physically qualified for naval service before the scholarship can be activated. Note: Candidates must meet height and weight standards in accordance with OPNAVINST 6110.1 in order to be considered eligible for the NROTC Program. An applicant that is out of standards must be addressed in the Officer Interview.

6) Conscientious Objector. No moral obligations or personal convictions that prevent conscientious bearing of arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

7) Admission to a college/university with an NROTC unit. This is not required during the selection process, but notification of admission must be received before the scholarship can be activated.

8) Nurse Option. Applicants with Nurse Option must gain admission to a university that has a NROTC affiliation and offers a State approved or National League of Nursing (NLN) approved bachelor’s degree in nursing.

How do I apply for an NROTC scholarship?

Scholarships are awarded nationally. Local NROTC units do not accept applications or offer scholarships to students. The application for a NROTC scholarship can be completed on-line. To fill out an application,visit the official NROTC website to fill out the online application.

What must I do to prepare a competitive application to the NROTC program?

To prepare a strong package:

- earn the best GPA, be in the top ten percent of your class

- earn a high score on the SAT/ACT

- participate in extracurricular activities (such as academic clubs or commnuity organizations)

- participate in sports

- be selected for leadership positions (such as NJROTC Battalion Commanding Officer, Team Captain of your sport, Class President/Vice President, etc)

- volunteer for community service/tutoring/coaching (keep a tally of your total hours)

- APPLY BEFORE THE FIRST BOARD CONVENES (info below).

When you fill out your application, make sure you answer ALL questions (even the ones labeled "optional"). Project what you intend to accomplish as a Senior and indicate that on your application appropriately. Also, keep in mind that the board members want to know why you want to become a Naval Officer and lead men and women at sea, NOT why you want a scholarship. Additionally, use the remarks/comments sections to expound in detail on your accomplishments and what you learned from those accomplishments. The board members want to know you as a person and not just a piece of paper, and the remarks sections allow you to show them who you truly are.

If I do not get offered a scholarship when I am in high school, can I still join the NROTC program?

Yes. If you are not awarded a scholarship you can join the program as a College Program student and compete for a three year scholarship that will commence the beginning of your sophomore year in college. For more information contact us.

Once I am offered a scholarship, can I take it to any university?

No. You must pick five schools that you would like to take your NROTC scholarship at when you apply. You will be awarded your scholarship for a specific school. When you receive your scholarship nomination, you will receive instructions on how to change schools if you desire to do so.

Why should I come to Marquette University instead of other schools with an NROTC program?

Milwaukee is a great place to be a NROTC Midshipman. If you are awarded a NROTC scholarship, Marquette University will also provide you with a NROTC "enhancement" of $3,500 each Fall and Spring semester (for a total of $28,000) which can be applied towards on-campus housing and the University meal plans.

What is expected of me while I am in the NROTC program?

Students are expected to perform well academically, stay in good physical shape, and develop as a Naval Officer. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in many activities while they are in the NROTC program. For an overview visit the 'Activities' page.

Are there any requirements for what I need to major in?

There are no specific requirements for your major, but the Navy encourages technical majors such as Engineering, Mathematics, or Physical Sciences.

Are NROTC students required to live in the same dorm or can I live in any place I choose?

There are no requirements for NROTC students to live in any specific dorm or even on campus. Many of our students do live together but that is by their own choice, not by the direction of the NROTC program. For more information about university housing, visit Marquette University's website.

How much time is required and what will I be doing on summer training?

Scholarship midshipmen will participate in 4-6 weeks of training each summer. This training is designed to give each student exposure to the Navy and Marine Corps and to allow them to make a better informed decision about what they want to do in the Navy or Marine Corps. For more information on freshman orientation, visit the freshman orientation page.

After I am in the NROTC program can I switch between Navy, Navy Nurse, and Marine Corps options?

There are some limited opportunities to switch between options but being allowed to switch between options is not guaranteed. Students that wish to switch options will be evaluated based on their achievements in the program, physical fitness test scores, and academic grades.

What if I decide I do not like the program? Can I quit at any time?

Students can disenroll from the program anytime before the beginning of their sophomore year without any obligation to the Navy or Marine Corps. If a student voluntarily disenrolls after their sophomore year they will either pay back the Navy for their tuition or serve on active duty in the Navy or Marine Corps for a minimum of two years.

What are my obligations to the Navy or the Marine Corps after I graduate from college?

Navy scholarship students will spend a minimum of 5 years on active duty. Marine Corps and Navy Nurse options will spend a minimum of 4 years on active duty. For more information about military service requirements, visit the official NROTC website.

What will I do in the Navy or the Marine Corps after I graduate from college?

Navy Option Students: After you graduate from college, you will serve in one of the Navy's warfare areas: Aviation, Surface Warfare, Submarines, or Special Warfare. For more information about these communities,visit the official NROTC website.

Nurse Option Students: Following graduation you will report to a Naval Hospital and begin working as a Naval Nurse.

Marine Option Students: Shortly after commissioning you will report to The Basic School (TBS). While at TBS you will select the field you will enter in the Marine Corps. There are many opportunities including Infantry, Armor, Human Intelligence, Artillery, and Logistics.


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