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Requirements for NROTC Applicants

  • Be a U.S. citizen.

  • Be 17 years old by September 1 of your first year of college and younger than 23 years old on December 31 of the year. Must not have reached your 27th birthday by December 31st in the year in which you are eligible for graduation and commissioned status.  An age waiver may be granted for prior active military service.  See your local Navy or Marine Corps Recruiter for details.

  • Be a high school graduate or possess equivalency certificate by August 1 of the same year that entrance into the four-year NROTC Program is anticipated.

  • Be physically qualified by Navy or Marine Corps standards.

  • Have no moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent conscientious bearing of arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic.

  • Apply for and gain admission to NROTC colleges/universities (admission to an NROTC institution is not required during the selection process).  However, notification of admission must be received before the scholarship can be activated.

  • Achieve qualifying scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).


    Minimum Scores needed are:





530 critical reading, 520 math

1000 combined critical reading and math scores


21 math, 22 English

45 combined math and English sub-scores

  • Four-Year NROTC National Scholarship applicants cannot have 30 or more college credit hours.  Those applicants with 30 or more credit hours should apply for the College Program.

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Last Updated: 3/20/23