The college program allows students to join NROTC without applying for an NROTC National Scholarship. Once they are college programmers, they can take one of two routes:
College programmers are ranked amongst their peers within the NROTC unit. Their rankings are based on military aptitude and academic grades. High performers may be offered NROTC scholarships called CNET controlled or Leadership Scholarships. The NROTC college programmer is only competing with other students locally as opposed to nationally under the NROTC National Scholarship application process. The disadvantage is that no monetary benefits are provided for the first year during the ranking process.
Members under this program can earn a commission without earning a scholarship. If a college programmer has not been offered a CNET controlled or Leadership Scholarships by the end of their sophomore year and completion of four Naval Science Courses; the NROTC staff will submit them for "Advanced Standing" to the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET). If not accepted by CNET, the member is removed from the NROTC program. If accepted, the member will remain in the NROTC program and earn a monthly stipend of $350 a month. Upon graduation, the member will receive a commission in the US Navy or Marine Corps.
Application Deadline - July 1, 2017
- NROTC uniforms and Naval Science books provided
- College Program students selected for "advanced standing" receive a stipend for maximum of 20 months. Advance standing is only available starting the junior year of college. Stipend per academic month is $350 junior year and $400 senior year
- Must be a current high school senior or college freshmen
- No SAT or ACT requirements
- College programmers, unlike scholarship students, are not required to take Calculus I and II or Physics I and II. However it is strongly recommended that they fulfill at least the Calculus I and/or Physics I requirements if they desire to be competitive for scholarship opportunities. Also it is of note that the Navy is looking for those with technical degrees
- If a college programmer earns a scholarship, they must fulfill all the requirements of the NROTC scholarship program