The best way is to apply for the national scholarship here: https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/Apply/.
UMD does not have an available program for the NROTC Nurse Option scholarship. Catholic, Georgetown, and Howard Universities (the George Washington University unit) have nursing programs.
You cannot apply for both the Navy-option and the Marine-option scholarship in the same cycle. You must choose one of the two options for the cycle. There are opportunities to apply for the other branch once you are enrolled in the program.
Note: this scholarship is also available for students with less than 30 credit hours at UMD. If this is the case, please also consider applying to our NROTC College Program (question 4). Due to COVID-19, high school and college transcripts with pass/fail grades in the spring 2020 term are acceptable.
Scholarship awardees have typically participated in varsity sports, held significant leadership positions in extra-curricular activities, and are strong academic performers in science/math/engineering classes in high school. Scholarships are also more often awarded to tier 1 or 2 majors, vice tier 3.
For FY19 scholarships, the following are the statistics for the scholarship awardees (Navy-Option):
For FY20 scholarships, the following are the minimum scores required:
If you would like to schedule a scholarship interview, please book an appointment via our calendar. Note: please only schedule an interview with us if you live in DC or MD.
You may join the NROTC unit as part of the College Program. The College Program provides no monetary benefits but you would participate fully in the unit. You will not be adversely ranked against scholarship students. You must submit the following forms in person to the NROTC Office in Reckord Armory.
We are accepting applications for fall 2020 and spring 2021 on a rolling basis.
All applicants for Fall 2020 should indicate their interest to the unit (via email at email@example.com) no later than 20 July 2020. However, you should submit all application materials as early as possible to be given priority consideration for the program.
You can apply to join the unit while enrolled (as a full time, on campus, undergraduate-seeking student) at UMD with two or more years until graduation. If you are graduating within the next two years, you should explore a commission through the Officer Candidate School.
Required Documents: (you must download these files and open them in Adobe to view them)
Note: if you are planning on applying as a sophomore, you will need to double-up your naval science courses on your degree completion plan. We recommend taking NAVY101/201 (first spring) and 200/300 (second fall) in the same semester.
Email the unit at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an interview in the office in Reckord Armory on campus UMD. Please email all documents listed above at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting. Bring physical copies as well to your interview. You must show up to your interview following proper grooming standards and in business casual attire (no jeans).
Parents: please allow your student the leadership development opportunity to reach out to the unit on their own behalf, rather than handling the college program application for them.
Eligibility for the NROTC College Program:
NROTC College Program students are able to apply for the national 4 year scholarship if they have less than 30 credits at UMD during their first year in the program. If not selected for that scholarship, the unit will submit you for a three year scholarship in May of your freshman year. The final opportunity will be after your sophomore year for a two year scholarship. If you do not obtain this two year scholarship then you are automatically disenrolled from the program. Not obtaining a scholarship while enrolled in NROTC does not preclude you from gaining a commission through Officer Candidate School. after you get your degree.
If you are a scholarship student, you must submit the following to email@example.com at least 20 days prior to the start of the semester. Transfers will normally be granted only with at least one full year in the program and if UMD costs less than your current university.
If you are a college program student, you must submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 20 days prior to the start of the semester. Please CC your staff advisor at your university.
If your transfer is approved, you must bring your Student Admin File, Performance File, and Medical/Dental Records to the UMD NROTC unit. Ensure the staff has released you from JPAS (security clearance) and DTS (official travel).
The two-year and three-year scholarship boards meet every summer to consider scholarship offers for students not currently in the NROTC College Program. This scholarship is also intended for students currently enrolled at other universities (such as Towson) who plan to transfer to UMD to start in the fall semester. Email all required documents to email@example.com no later than 15 June 2020. This is only offered to those desiring to commission into the Navy.
Eligibility requirements are:
Required Documents: (you must download these files and open them in Adobe to view them)
As a first semester fall freshman, you need to register for NAVY 100 (Introduction to Naval Science, Mon/Wed 0800-0915) and NAVY 108 (Leadership Lab, Thurs 0600-0800). You must also register for MATH 140 (Calculus I) or MATH 141 (Calculus II) and PHYS 161 (Physics I) if you are Navy-option. Note: MATH 141 (Calculus II) is a co-requisite for PHYS 161. If you are joining in the spring, register for NAVY 101 (Sea Power and Maritime Affairs, Tues/Thurs 0800-0915) instead of NAVY 100.
If you took AP Physics 1 or 2 in high school, it does not meet the Navy physics requirements, as those are algebra-based physics courses. If you took AP Physics C and received a 4 or 5 on the AP test, then you are eligible to exempt PHYS 161 only.
If you took AP Calculus BC in high school and received a 4 or 5 on the AP test, you are eligible to exempt MATH140 and 141. However, you must take at least one higher level Calculus class at the University of Maryland (i.e. MATH 241- Calculus III).UMD AP Credit Transfer Policy
NAVY100 is an introduction to the naval profession and concepts of sea power. Major topics explored are the mission, strategy, organization, and descriptions of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Students will gain a basic understanding of warfighting capabilities, required leadership skills, training and education, and the duties and responsibilities of a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Junior Officer. The student will learn Naval courtesy and customs, military justice, and nomenclature as well as the professional competencies required to become a naval officer.
NAVY101 introduces the student to the key themes of naval and maritime history. Curriculum presents an analysis through lectures, reading, and student discussion of the relationship of sea power to American history. Classical concepts and contemporary employment of sea power are examined by viewing historic and current naval and maritime developments.
Yes, but you must register for NAVY 100 and NAVY 108 and register for at least 15 total credits in the fall semester. There are Freshman Connection-only sections of NAVY 100 and 108. You must participate in Freshman Connection if you are offered spring admission in order to activate your scholarship. You can still activate your scholarship (if awarded) if you are participating in Freshman Connection. The scholarship (if you are an awardee and are eligible to activate upon arrival at UMD) will cover full tuition and mandatory fees associated with Freshman Connection. Enrolling in Freshman Connection will NOT adversely affect your scholarship or standing within the unit. If you have a scholarship offer and do NOT enroll in Freshman Connection, then you are forfeiting your scholarship offer.
f you are in the College Program or have an unactivated scholarship, you will see an additional charge of $1,468 (as of fall 2019) on your account because NAVY classes are outside the Office of Extended Studies. NROTC does not cover this fee for College Programmers. If you have a scholarship offer but it is not activated, this would be included in retroactive tuition payments, if approved.
Clarifications on the Freshman Connection NROTC Enrollment Form
Other important information:
While some universities choose to waive room and board for their ROTC students, the University of Maryland has not elected to do this. The scholarship provides full tuition, mandatory fees, $375 per semester for books, and a stipend of $250 a month (as a freshman) for subsistence. You can find a list of schools that offset room and board here:https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/additional_school_benefits.html
Once you are awarded your scholarship, you must bring the following documents to the unit HRA to activate your scholarship.
Furthermore, you must pass a fitness test (USN PFA or USMC PFT) at the unit.
Once you are found medically qualified by DoDMERB or waived by BUMED, UMD NROTC will transmit your information to Third Party Billing in the Office of Student Financial Services. This will provide a financial credit to cover all required fees and tuition from your student billing account. This occurs 15 calendar days prior to the start of the semester. Please email your qualification/waiver letter to firstname.lastname@example.org upon receipt to expedite this process.
In order for tuition to actually be paid, you must be medically qualified/waived, a US citizen (bring a copy of your birth certificate or naturalization papers to your first day at the unit), and have passed the military fitness test at New Student Orientation. Not meeting these three requirements will cause the tuition and fees to return to your student billing account and you will be responsible for payment.
If you (or your parents) pay for tuition and you are able to activate your scholarship before the 45th day of the semester, NROTC will pay your tuition and fees that semester. You may request a refund from UMD here: https://billpay.umd.edu/refunds.
If you are not medically qualified/waived by 45 calendar days into the semester, you are responsible for paying all tuition and fees for that semester. The unit can request retroactive payments on your behalf, which, if approved, would be processed the following summer.
You may want to consider enrollment in the Terp Payment Plan: https://billpay.umd.edu/TPP.
No. You must sign up for housing on your own (http://reslife.umd.edu/).
No. However, many midshipmen find it helpful to live and/or room with members of NROTC due to similar schedules and early wakings. The NROTC unit is not able to help you secure a roommate who is also enrolled in NROTC through student housing.
No. You must be a full-time, on-campus, undergraduate student at UMD to participate in NROTC. We have a sister unit at UMBC and their website is https://navalscience.umbc.edu/. Those enrolled at UMBC participate in the NROTC at UMBC.
Each service operates its ROTC programs differently. You must be a full-time, on-campus, undergraduate student at UMD to participate in NROTC. You may register for naval science classes per your college’s crosstown enrollment policy, however, this will not lead to a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps.
No. You must be a first-time undergraduate-seeking student. You cannot be a graduate student and enroll in NROTC.
Yes. You must take at least 15 credits per semester to be enrolled in the program, 4 of which are from NROTC classes. Most students take 18-19 credits per semester (4 of which are naval science) in order to graduate in 8 semesters and to minimize winter and summer classes.
College program students need to earn as high of a GPA as possible to be competitive for a scholarship. Scholarship and advanced standing students need >2.50 each semester and cumulative in order to maintain the scholarship.
Military service is a physically demanding profession and requires a high degree of physical preparedness and a healthy constitution. As such, physical training is an integral part of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. There are two required physical training sessions per week for midshipmen that meet the standards on their semesterly physical readiness test (Navy Options) and physical fitness test (Marine Options). For midshipmen who do not meet the standard on either of these tests they are required to attend a third physical training session during the week. Outside of required physical training, many midshipmen train on their own time or organize workouts separate from the unit.
|Minimum Fitness Scores (Navy Option)||1.5 Mile Run||Push-ups||Plank|
Marine option: must score a 200 or higher on both the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and Combat Fitness Test (CFT).
Calculate your score here: https://www.fitness.marines.mil/Portals/211/FitnessCalc/calc.html.
Height/weight standards are here: https://www.fitness.marines.mil/BCP_Standards/.
Incoming freshmen will be provided with all gear, uniforms, textbooks, and materials for their Naval Science classes except for a few items. You will need to purchase the UMD NROTC unit polo, UMD NROTC Company T-shirts, a black backpack, khaki pants, dress shoes (i.e. boat shoes), leather belt, and other basic school supplies needed by students.
Students must attend their required classes and naval science classes based on their status in the program. See here for which naval science classes you must take over all four years.
Marine options are not major restricted, though technical and challenging majors are preferred. When making a degree plan, the regional studies class, calculus and physics are not requirements to complete the program. Marine options will PT an additional time per week and be required to attend numerous weekend Field Training Exercises. Point of contact for all USMC acessions is Capt Capt O'Hara, email@example.com
There are a variety of areas incoming students can work on to prepare themselves. Below are a few areas that many new students struggle in after reporting.
Currently the University of Maryland has over 90 members as of Fall 2019.
Yes, the NROTC unit plans a variety of field exercises exposing Midshipmen to the vast opportunities the Navy and Marine Corps has to offer. These field exercises (FEX) have included traveling to Quantico, Norfolk, Groton, Jacksonville, and Patuxent River Naval Air Station in the past.
The UMD NROTC unit has a Conning Officer Virtual Environment (COVE) System that we leverage to enhance teaching during Naval Science classes as well as outside of classes. This a virtual reality system designed to mimic ship driving at sea. FEXs provide additional opportunities to discover military technologies.
Besides COVE, the unit has a 30-seat classroom and an office suite. The midshipmen maintain a wardroom with snacks, coffee, a refrigerator, and a computer. Many students choose to study in the wardroom or the classroom. Our classroom is equipped with 10 computers that students may use to complete homework assignments.
UMD is located between Washington DC (our nation’s capital) and Annapolis, MD (home of the US Naval Academy). We draw from both communities to provide informative field trips for our students. Furthermore, we are one of the largest units in the country (>90 students) and have one of the highest rates of scholarship participation. 100% of the returning students for fall 2019 are on scholarship/advanced standing. 67% of our incoming students in fall 2019 are on scholarship. 90% of the entire MIDN battalion are on scholarship/advanced standing.
Scholarship midshipmen are required to attend various training programs during the summer. College Program students only attend NSI and will attend summer training when/if they pick up a scholarship. These summer programs include:
Summer before freshman year:
Summer after freshman year:
Summer after sophomore year:
Summer after junior year:
The unit provides tutors for calculus and physics for all Midshipmen at Academic Enhancement Period (AEP). AEP is required for all freshman and students taking Calculus I and II and/or Physics I and II. Besides these resources, the university has a plethora of resources to help students academically in every subject.
As long as you remain in a technical major (engineering, hard science, computer science or similar field of study) it is very easy to change your major once you accept the scholarship, as long as you don’t extend your graduation date or incur additional winter/summer classes. However, this must be approved by the unit staff before you execute a change of major with the university.
The nominal commitment is five years post graduation, but that varies based on the community you eventually enter. Marine corps, surface, submarine, and special warfare are five years, naval flight officer is six years after wings, and naval pilot is eight years after wings. Wings take approximately 2-2.5 years.
While technically possible, there are only 2-3 slots nationally for medical and dental careers in the US Navy through NROTC. UMD does not have a nursing school that is covered by the NROTC scholarship. Midshipmen are expected to pursue careers in Unrestricted Line (URL) communities: surface warfare, submarine warfare, aviation (pilot or flight officer), special warfare (SEAL or Explosive Ordnance Disposal), or as a Marine Corps officer while enrolled in NROTC. Midshipmen may not commission into cybersecurity, intelligence, or another restricted line or staff corps field unless found to be medically disqualified after enrolling in the program. This is a very infrequent situation and incoming students should NOT expect to commission into restricted line or staff corps fields.
The following classes are all 3 credits:
Both Marine and Navy Options
All students every fall/spring semester will additionally take NAVY108- Leadership Lab (1 credit) (Thurs 0600-0755).
Leadership lab is professional education and training. Topics include general Navy/Marine Corps mission and policies, force protection, operational security, watch standing, physical fitness, nutrition, stress management, and other professional development subjects not normally included in the curriculum of the Naval Science Courses.
You must have submitted naturalization papers to the US government if not a US citizen by birth or naturalized already.
Enroll as a student in Letters and Sciences. Work expeditiously for entry into the major in accordance with the department’s policy. This will NOT adversely affect your scholarship.
You are not prohibited from participating, however, as a college program student, your focus needs to be getting a scholarship. This is determined by GPA, leadership, and physical fitness. Anything that detracts from that detracts from your potential to gain a path to commissioning. In no case may these activities interfere with NROTC requirements such as leadership lab classes. For scholarship students, significant time commitments tied to extracurricular activities has historically led to poor semester GPAs, which may result in the loss of the scholarship for a semester.
Yes. We encourage study abroad while pursuing an undergraduate degree. You can participate in a number of UMD-sponsored programs, depending on your course of study. The scholarship, if activated, can cover the cost of these programs not to exceed the normal tuition rate on campus. Performing study abroad in the fall/spring terms required coordination with the unit staff. Additionally, the DoD sponsors PROJECT GO which provides language training and cultural immersion. Students are highly encouraged to apply and attend PROJECT GOprograms.