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Admission

Male and female citizens of the United States who are 17 years old on or before September 1 of the year of initial enrollment may apply.

  • Scholarship applicants must not have reached age 27 on June 30 of the year in which they will be commissioned.
  • College Program students must not have reached age 27½ on June 30 of the year in which they will be commissioned.

Age waivers may be available to students with active duty military backgrounds. Please contact the NROTC office for details. All students must be physically qualified for the NROTC program and must enter into an agreement with the Secretary of the Navy to accept a commission, if offered, in the Navy or Marine Corps upon successful completion of work toward their first bachelor’s degree.

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4-Year Scholarship NROTC Students

Students may apply for scholarships in the fall preceding the year in which the scholarship is desired (January 1 deadline). Selection is based on high school grades, SAT/ACT test results, and aptitude for naval service.

If selected, students are appointed midshipmen and granted compensation and benefits specified by law. These benefits include tuition, required fees, laboratory equipment, a $750-a-year book stipend, and subsistence pay of $250 a month for first-year students. Subsistence pay increases to $300 a month for sophomores, $350 for juniors, and $400 for seniors.

Scholarship students participate in 3 required summer training cruises. Scholarship students assume an obligation to serve at least 5 years on active duty after commissioning as Ensign, U.S. Navy, or 4 years as Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps.

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4-Year College Program NROTC Students

These NROTC students have the status of civilians who have entered into an agreement with the Navy. They are not entitled to all the benefits and compensation given to scholarship NROTC students but are entitled to uniform issue. A subsistence allowance of $350 a month for juniors and $400 for seniors is paid in the final two years of training.

These students participate in one summer cruise between their junior and senior years.College program students agree to accept commissions in the Naval or Marine Corps Reserve and serve a minimum of three years on active duty.

Upon proven superior performance in the college program, students may be offered 3- or 2-year scholarships with the same requirements and benefits as 4-year scholarship students.

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2-Year Programs

Entrance into the 2-year scholarship or college programs is offered to qualified students with 2 years remaining to complete their undergraduate degrees. Students applying for the 2-year scholarship must have completed 1 year of differential and integral calculus of 1 real variable (MATH 115 and MATH 116, or MATH 121 and MATH 122) and must have attained a minimum grade of C. View the Placement Table for Initial Enrollment in Mathematics.

Students who are accepted into either program must complete a paid 6-week summer course at the Naval Science Institute in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon successful completion of NSI, students have the same program benefits and requirements as students in the 4-year scholarship or college programs.

Applications for the 2-year programs must be completed by March 1 of the year of attendance at NSI.

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Nursing Program

Students may apply for 2-, 3-, or 4-year nursing scholarships with the same benefits and deadlines as those listed above for regular scholarship programs. Upon successful completion of the B.S.N., the student is commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps.

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Naval Science Students

Any student enrolled at KU may enroll in a naval science course for KU credit. Such students are not considered to be in the NROTC program and are not entitled to receive any compensation, benefits, or a commission.

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4-Year Program Requirements

Both Navy- and Marine-option students must take professional Navy- and/or Marine-option courses as part of the NROTC program. The normal sequence of courses is

Navy 4-Year Scholarship Students

NAVY 101 Introduction to Naval Science 2
NAVY 220 Seapower and Maritime Affairs 3
NAVY 401 Principles of Naval Organization and Management (Leadership and Management I) 3
NAVY 180 Introduction to Naval Ships Systems I (Engineering) 3
NAVY 300 Navigation and Operations I 3
NAVY 304 Navigation and Operations II 3
NAVY 184 Introduction to Naval Ships Systems II (Weapons) 3
NAVY 402 Seminar in Military Leadership and Management (Leadership and Management II) 3

Marine 4-Year Scholarship Students

NAVY 101 Introduction to Naval Science 2
NAVY 220 Seapower and Maritime Affairs 3
NAVY 401 Principles of Naval Organization and Management (Leadership and Management I) 3
MCOR 380 Evolution of Warfare 3
MCOR 384 Amphibious Warfare 3
NAVY 402 Seminar in Military Leadership and Management (Leadership and Management II) 3

The above courses are approved by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and count as elective credit but do not count toward the required 100 hours in the College for students earning a baccalaureate degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Navy scholarship students must take the following courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

Mathematics and Physics

MATH 121 Calculus I 5
MATH 122 Calculus II 5
PHSX 211 General Physics I 4
PHSX 212 General Physics II 4

(MATH 122 is a prerequisite for PHSX 212.)

Plus courses in the following areas:

American history, military affairs, or national security policy 3
English 6
Computer science 3

Navy-option college program students must complete 1 year (6 semester credit hours) of college-level study in both mathematics and physical science as a prerequisite for commissioning. Mathematics courses must be at the level of college algebra or higher and must be completed by the end of the junior year. The physical science requirement can be completed by a 1-year sequence, or 2 courses, in an area of physical science, and must be completed by the end of the senior year. Additionally, college program students must complete 6 semester credit hours of English and 3 credit hours of computer science.

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Marine Corps Option

Marine-option students are not required to take MATH 121, MATH 122, PHSX 211, or PHSX 212, but are encouraged to do so. During the junior and senior years, Marine-option students take MCOR 380, MCOR 384, and 2 relevant courses taught by civilian faculty and approved by the marine officer instructor in lieu of NAVY 300 and NAVY 304.

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