Carlow University offers students access to ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) programs in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh. 

Army ROTC

Army ROTC does double duty: It’s one of the best leadership courses in the country and is also part of your college curriculum. With classes, leadership labs, physical training and field training exercises, you’ll learn how to lead others and conduct missions as an Army officer. Upon graduation, you’ll earn a commission as second lieutenant and serve in the Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

The Army ROTC offers two-, three- and four-year scholarships to qualified students, with scholarships covering full tuition and fees per year plus $1,200 per year for books. Scholarship students also receive allowances of $2,500-$4,800 per year. Scholarships are based on student merit, not parent income, and there is no service obligation incurred for freshman students. 

Two uniformed female ROTC students walk in a campus hallway.

Criteria for scholarship eligibility:

  • U.S. citizen 
  • Minimum SAT score of 920 on the critical reading and math sections 
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 
  • Good physical health 
  • Full-time student status 

Air Force ROTC

Air Force ROTC prepares you to become an officer while earning a college degree, along with tuition money provided. The program will help you hone your time-management skills, analytical skills and physical fitness. 

In order to complete AFROTC graduation requirements, you must have at least six full semesters left (or three academic years). Upon graduation, you will earn a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

You will complete one or two years in the General Military Course (GMC) before competing for enrollment in a four-week summer leadership training program. Upon completion of the summer program, you will be enlisted into the Professional Officer Course (POC). There is no contractual obligation to the Air Force until you have entered the POC or have accepted an Air Force scholarship. 

An ROTC student in dress uniform stands next to the U.S. flag and in front of other students at an ROTC recognition event.
Four Carlow students in the Army ROTC Three Rivers Battalion receive the Minuteman Scholarship during a ceremony at the University Commons, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. The recipients are, from left, Lucas Smith (sophomore- biology), Taya McCullough (first Year – art therapy), McKenna Lampe (first year – nursing) and her twin sister Madison Lampe( first year-nursing). (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

You will also attend a weekly two-hour laboratory session to test your followership and leadership abilities, practice management techniques and prepare to become a military leader. 

Three- and 3½-year scholarships are available; most pay for tuition, lab fees and books and provide a tax-free monthly $300-$500 stipend.

Carlow students may enroll through the Office of the Registrar. 

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