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The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Program was established to educate and train young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy or Marine Corps. As the largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the NROTC Program fills a vital need in preparing mature, young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.

Scholarships are awarded through a highly competitive national selection process. Selected applicants receive full tuition and other financial benefits at many of the country's leading colleges and universities.

NROTC scholarship selectees are appointed midshipmen, U.S. Naval Reserve, by the Secretary of the Navy and are granted compensation and benefits authorized by law for four years of undergraduate study. Under certain conditions, midshipmen may become eligible for up to one additional year of scholarship compensation and benefits.

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. NROTC midshipmen lead basically the same campus lives as other undergraduates, and may participate in any extracurricular activities that do not interfere with NROTC requirements. However, during weekly instruction, summer training periods and in specified naval science classes, midshipmen wear uniforms furnished by the government and must conduct themselves in a military manner.

All prospective midshipmen must meet certain minimum requirements detailed on the NROTC website .

National Scholarship

This scholarship is available to freshmen who have not completed more than 30 credit hours at any college or university (AP course credits, etc. do not count towards the 30). The majority of applicants for this scholarship are seniors in high school.

There are two specific applications you must complete to ensure that you can come to ASU as a midshipman: the ASU Admission Application and the NROTC scholarship application. Admission to the university and award of an NROTC scholarship are separate processes; neither guarantees the other. You must both be admitted to ASU and awarded a scholarship.

The four-year scholarship provides full tuition and educational fees, a stipend for textbooks, all uniforms, and a subsistence allowance each academic month. Scholarship midshipmen also embark on summer training during all three summers while in the program.

Selection boards for these scholarships start convening in August or September of the year prior to college enrollment and continue until March. It is best to get your application in early which will increase your likelihood of finding out whether you have been selected.

Scholarships will not be activated for new midshipmen who do not meet body composition assessment or physical fitness standards. Review the Pre-Conditioning Guide for more information.

Sea Devil Prep Program

Sea Devil Prep is a pilot program to provide a Navy commissioning (NROTC) opportunity for highly motivated and exceptional candidates. The Arizona State NROTC Sea Devil Prep Program prepares Midshipmen-Candidates to succeed in the NROTC curriculum.

Arizona State University will provide in-state resident tuition and fees, on-campus housing, and on-campus meals for a one-year NROTC preparation program as Midshipmen-Candidates. Provided the candidates meet the criteria listed, they will be awarded a national NROTC scholarship to Arizona State University at the conclusion of their first year.  In order to apply the student must be eligible for in-state tuition.

NOTE: Sea Devil Prep Midshipman-Candidates will be on a 5-Year college track. The first year as Midshipman-Candidates, and another four years on a National Scholarship as full Midshipman within the unit.

Similar to the National NROTC Scholarship, you must apply to both ASU and the Sea Devil Prep Program. For more information, view the PDF icon Sea Devil Prep Flyer. To apply, download the PDF icon application and return in entirety to Ms. Debby Combs at debby.combs@asu.edu. The application deadline is January 15th and the scholarship award notification date is March 1st.

College Program

Although many students decide to enroll in the program during their senior year of high school, current or incoming ASU students can still become midshipmen in the NROTC college program. However, those considering joining NROTC must start the process a minimum of six semesters prior to graduation. If you are in your junior or senior year and are interested in the Navy or Marines, come talk to us or send us and email and we can discuss your options.

Those accepted into NROTC not on a NROTC scholarship are called “College Programmers”. After becoming a “college programmer,” you can compete for a two or three-year NROTC scholarship after at least one semester of involvement in the unit.

College programmers who receive these two or three-year scholarships and are entitled to full tuition and student fee payment, a tax-free living stipend and a semester book stipend in addition to other great benefits.

College Program - Advanced Standing

Those Midshipman who are not awarded a two-year scholarship at the end of their sophomore year will be considered for "Advanced Standing". Advanced Standing will allow the Midshipman to continue into their Junior/Senior years instead of being disenrolled.

It is a competitive selection process and not guaranteed simply because you didn't receive a two-year scholarship. Advanced Standing Midshipman DO NOT receive tuition benefits. They'll receive a book stipend every semester as well as a monthly stipend. This program is designed to keep quality future Navy and Marine Corps candidates on track for commissioning even though there was not enough scholarship funding.

College Program - How To Apply

College Program applications WILL BE ACCEPTED once you have notified ASU you plan to enroll in the upcoming fall semester. The deadline for the Fall Semester is June 30th.

There is a chance for select applicants to attend the New Student Indoctrination in Great Lakes, IL for a unique training opportunity prior to arriving at NROTC at ASU. For interested applicants the deadline for submission is no later than May 1st.

The following forms must be completed and returned:

These should be submitted to nrotc@asu.edu by email or fax to 480-965-8310.