Jul 14, 2024  

Naval Science

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The mission of the Naval ROTC is to develop NROTC students mentally, morally, and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty; to commission college graduates as naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the naval service, and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government. All NROTC Programs are open to qualified men and women. All Naval Science courses, basic and advanced, are open to all Tuskegee students regardless of affiliation with the NROTC Program.

To be eligible for enrollment as a midshipman, an applicant must be a United States citizen; have no moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent bearing of arms, and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; meet age requirements of at least 17 years on or before 1 September of the year of enrollment and less than 27 years on 30 June of the year an applicant expects to graduate, complete all NROTC training requirements, and be commissioned; meet physical requirements for the NROTC Program; and be accepted for admission as a full-time student at Tuskegee University. Applicants with prior or current active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces may be granted age waivers equal to the number of months served, not to exceed 36 months. Those granted the maximum age waiver must be less than 30 years of age on 30 June of the year they expect to graduate.


Naval ROTC Programs

Four-Year NROTC Navy-Marine Corps Scholarship

Entrance into the Navy-Marine Corps Scholarship Program is via nationwide competition. Applicants typically apply during their senior year of high school. Qualifications for enrollment, applications, and information bulletins are available at high schools, colleges, recruiting stations, and the Tuskegee NROTC Unit. The Department of the Navy pays tuition, fees, $375 per semester for textbooks, and provides a monthly stipend. Freshmen on scholarship receive $250, sophomores $300, juniors $350, and seniors $400 per month. Active duty pay for summer training is approximately $560 per month with living quarters and meals provided. Although the program emphasizes engineering and science majors, students may enroll in any Tuskegee University major leading to a baccalaureate degree. In addition to the requirements of their major, NROTC students must complete 24 semester hours of Naval Science courses, a national security policy course and a world cultures course, regardless of the major chosen (contact the Naval Science Department for a list of qualifying courses). Additionally, Navy Option scholarship students must complete two calculus and two calculus-based physics courses. Summer activities include two at-sea training cruises and one summer period of career orientation lasting for about four weeks. Marine Option students participate in a six-week orientation course at Quantico, VA in lieu of the second at sea training cruise. Scholarship students may resign without obligation any time prior to the beginning of their second year in the program. Successful completion of the NROTC program leads to a commission as Ensign, U.S. Navy, or Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps.

Further information and applications can be found at www.nrotc.navy.mil. Applications are open from 1 April to 31 December.

Navy Minority Serving Institution Scholarship Reservation (MSISR)

The MSISR scholarship is open to high school students of any race or ethnicity with academic potential who have yet to demonstrate performance in a college environment and to college students who have completed 29 or fewer credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and no grade below a “C” in any course attempted. Applications are processed through the same system as the Four-Year National Scholarship.

USMC Frederick C. Branch Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college freshmen and sophomores who seek to earn a commission in the United States Marine Corps while attending Tuskegee University. In general, students must have performed well academically in High School or, if in college, completed at least one semester of course work with a minimum 2.0 GPA and received a grade no lower than “C” in all attempted courses. Additionally, you must achieve a minimum SAT score of 1000 (combined math and critical reading only) or 22 combined on the ACT. This requirement can not be waived. Applications are processed through the same system as the Four-Year National Scholarship.

College Program

The College Program is a non-scholarship opportunity to participate in Naval ROTC and begin your career as a Naval Officer. It is available to incoming freshmen and sophomores who did not receive a Four Year National Naval ROTC Scholarship (Navy or Marine Corps). Students applying for the College Program must first gain admission to Tuskegee University and then complete and submit the Current College Program application to this unit at the address listed below. The College Program consists of two categories: Basic and Advanced. Basic College Program students are freshmen and sophomores who, after acceptance into the program, will enroll in the regular naval science classes and labs, receive uniforms and naval science textbooks, and become full participants in the Naval Battalion. The Commanding Officer will then nominate qualified sophomores for selection to continue in the program as juniors and seniors, which is known as “Advanced Standing”. In addition to the Basic benefits, an Advanced Standing College Program student receives a monthly stipend of $350 their junior year and $400 their senior year, but still receives no money for tuition or books. College Program students attend only one four-week summer training event which occurs between their junior and senior years.  All scholarship awards are performance-based.  Navy College Program students enjoy significant advantages over scholarship students such as the ability to choose any major (i.e. College Program students are not subject to a Tier system), no requirement to take Calculus and Physics and they are never obligated to their respective service while in college (e.g. a graduating College Program student may decline his or her commission without penalty up until they sign their Oath of Office after graduation).

Students interested in the College Program should apply directly to the Tuskegee NROTC Unit.

One, Two and Three-Year Scholarships

Top performing College Program students may be awarded One, Two, or Three-Year Scholarships. These will have all the same benefits and requirements as the Four-Year National Scholarships.

Active Duty Service Requirements Upon Graduation

Active duty service requirements for scholarship midshipmen vary depending on the warfare area they enter. The basic requirement is eight years, five of which must be on active duty. The remaining three years may be completed on active duty or in the reserves. The following warfare communities have additional requirements:

  • Naval Aviator (Pilot) - 8 years active duty after qualification as a Naval Aviator
  • Naval Flight Officer - 6 years active duty after qualification as a Naval Flight Officer
  • USMC Pilot - 8 years active duty after qualification.


The Naval Science curriculum consists of three class hours per week for all NROTC students for eight semesters. All NROTC students attend the Naval Science laboratory for two class periods per week. Naval Science subjects are listed in this bulletin. Naval Science course hours are considered as part of the normal semester load. Twelve hours of upper level (300/400) Naval Science classes may be used as electives in any major.


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