Students who are interested in enrolling in a university in Georgia in order to participate in a Navy ROTC (NROTC) program will find several options. Georgia is home to three schools that host NROTC programs and even more affiliate schools where students can participate in the NROTC program at the host campus. We will learn some details about NROTC programs in Georgia so that students can make the most informed decision possible.
Navy ROTC Colleges in Georgia
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state 2019-2020)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||4-year, Public||Atlanta, GA||$12,682||NROTC Scholarships|
|Morehouse College||4-year, private||Atlanta, GA||$28,847||NROTC Scholarships|
|Savannah State University||4-year, Public||Savannah, GA||$5,743||NROTC Scholarships, credit for military training|
|Kennesaw State University||4-year, Public||Kennesaw, GA||$6,456||NROTC Scholarships|
|Clark Atlanta University||4-Year, Private Non-profit||Atlanta, GA||$23,144||NROTC Scholarships|
|Spelman College||4-Year, Private Non-profit||Atlanta, GA||$29,972||NROTC Scholarships|
|Georgia Southern University||4-year, Public||Statesboro, GA||$6,463||NROTC Scholarships|
|Georgia State University||4-year, Public||Atlanta, GA||$9,286||NROTC Scholarships|
Source: *U.S. Department of Education
For students joining the Navy, the Marines, or the Navy Nurse Corps, there are two scholarship programs available: the four-year and the two-to-three-year scholarships. For the four-year scholarships, tuition, books, and uniforms are paid in full, and students are given a monthly stipend as a living allowance. There are also three summer cruises in the package. The two-to-three-year scholarships cover the same items as the four-year scholarships, but there are only one or two summer cruises.
One of the limitations of both types of scholarships is that they do not cover room and board.
The award amounts are:
- All mandatory fees
- Monthly stipend of up to $400
- Books of up to $750 per year
Scholarships are available to U.S. citizens only who are aged between 17 and 23 years old. The applicants must have a high school diploma to be considered. Any piercings or tattoos that violate Navy policy will lead to automatic disqualification. The applicants must be medically fit to serve in the Navy. Students seeking admission for Navy and Nursing Programs will need the following scores in either the SAT or ACT:
- SAT: An overall score of 1200 points with at least 540 points in math and 550 in both reading and writing is required.
- ACT: An overall score of at least 47 with a math score of at least 21 and an English score of at least 22 is required.
For Marine Programs, overall SAT scores should be 1,000, or a composite ACT score of at least 22. Armed Forces Qualification Test of at least 74 scores would also be considered for Marine programs. For all programs, a minimum GPA of at least 2.5 for the high school level is needed.
The midshipmen who graduate from the Navy also need to attend one or more summer training on a boat. This can take place in San Diego, California, or Norfolk, Virginia. They are also required to serve for five years in active duty. The midshipmen are also expected to do a naval science course during each of the semesters in the Marine programs. For those in the Navy Nurse Corps option, the mandatory courses are naval science, leadership, and management courses, as well as courses in seapower and maritime affairs.
Degree Programs (Tiers)
The Navy categorizes degree programs into three tiers, with the majority of scholarship recipients selecting programs from tiers 1 and 2. Tier 1 programs include various engineering programs, while Tier 2 is more open to other mathematics, science, and technical degrees. All other degree programs generally fall under Tier 3.
Program Highlights for NROTC Colleges in Georgia
Students in the state of Georgia can choose from among both private and public schools when selecting an NROTC program. In addition to the three main schools that act as host campuses for NROTC programs, there are also five other universities and colleges that are affiliate schools, meaning that students complete their normal degree classes at that school while traveling to a host school to fulfill the NROTC program requirements. The NROTC program at each of these schools includes special naval science courses, physical training, and drills.
With eight total educational institutions to choose from all over the state of Georgia that offer various degree programs, students are sure to find a school that is the right fit for them. We will discuss the three host schools in greater detail below.
Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology is a large public university in Atlanta, GA, with almost 15,500 undergraduates. It acts as the host university for the NROTC program that also serves students attending Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University. Thus, students can take direct programs under Georgia State University Navy ROTC or Kennesaw State University ROTC. In each case, students will attain Georgia state ROTC qualifications.
Tier 1 degree programs at GA Tech include aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, systems engineering, and nuclear engineering. There are a number of Tier 2 programs at GA Tech as well, including civil engineering, computer science, applied physics, biochemistry, and biomedical engineering.
Another option for male students who are interested in participating in an NROTC program in the state of Georgia is Morehouse College, a historically black private institution with just over 2,100 undergraduates. Morehouse is a host school for the NROTC program via a consortium with the Georgia Institute of Technology, and it shares some staff members with GA Tech. Morehouse also acts as a host campus for two other schools located in the Atlanta area: Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College.
Morehouse College is an all-male school, though both male and female midshipmen participate in the NROTC program through its affiliates. Because it is a small liberal arts school, its degree offerings are more limited than larger public schools. It does not offer any Tier 1 programs, but it does offer a few Tier 2 programs, including applied physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics.
Savannah State University
Students who are interested in attending a university in the south of Georgia may want to consider Savannah State University NROTC. Savannah State University is a historically black university. A relatively small public school with under 5,000 undergraduates, Savannah State University offers NROTC students the same scholarship possibilities as the other schools in Georgia. It also acts as a host campus for the NROTC program, meaning that students who attend affiliate school Georgia Southern University can travel to SSU's campus to take part in the program.
Academically, students have several options for degree programs that fit into the Navy's system. At the Tier 1 level, students can pursue electronics engineering technology. Students have a few more options at the Tier 2 level, like mathematics, computer science technology, chemistry, and civil engineering.