What is NROTC?

The NROTC Program was established to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the unrestricted line Naval Reserve or Marine Corps Reserve. As the largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the NROTC Scholarship Program plays an important role in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps. Selected applicants for the NROTC Scholarship Program are awarded scholarships through a highly competitive national selection process, and receive full tuition, books, fees and other financial benefits at many of the country's leading colleges and universities. Upon graduation, Midshipmen are commissioned as officers in either the Navy or Marine Corps as active duty officers.

The NROTC Scholarship Program is available to qualified students who graduate from high school before August 1st of the year they intend to start college. Students selected for the NROTC Scholarship Program make their own arrangements for college enrollment and room and board, and take the normal course load required by the college or university for degree completion. Additionally, scholarship midshipmen are required to follow specific academic guidelines. Full information concerning the NROTC Scholarship Program is available from any of the colleges and universities with NROTC units or from Navy and Marine Corps recruiters.

NROTC Unit Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Future Navy and Marine Corps Officers of the RPI Unit attend either Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, Union College in Schenectady, New York, or the Nursing Program at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. Our offices are located on the second and third floor of the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center on 15th Street on the RPI Campus.

At Rensselaer you will be challenged mentally and physically at an institution committed to enhancing the student experience. Rensselaer represents an outstanding technological university and a vibrant community - an exceptional place to learn, grow, and cultivate your talents. We are a compact campus in an upstate New York city with the resources and activities of larger cities nearby - the New York Capital Region, New York City and Boston. For those interested in the outdoors, the Berkshires, Catskills and Adirondacks provide an ideal setting for sporting activities of all kinds, year round.

Did you know?

RPI is one of the few colleges that awards free room and board for all NROTC scholarship students.