Each year students who were not awarded a full NROTC scholarship are provided the opportunity to apply for the NROTC College Program. A college program midshipman does not receive any scholarship benefits or attend summer training, but is otherwise treated and held to the same standards of conduct and involvement as the full scholarship students.
What are the requirements to apply for the college program at NROTC Kennesaw State?
All applicants must meet the basic requirements for the program. These requirements are summarized below:
- Applicant must be admitted to or be a current student at Kennesaw State, Georgia Tech, or Georgia State University. There are no exceptions to this policy.
- Applicant must be an American citizen or be in process of becoming a naturalized American citizen.
- Applicant must not be older than 27 years old by the time they graduate college and receive their commission. (There are waivers to this policy for students with prior military service.)
- Applicants already in college must be in their Freshman or Sophomore year.
- Applicant must meet the Navy height and weight standards and must be able to be physically qualified for admittance into the armed forces.
- Must pass the Navy Physical Fitness Test.
If I meet all the basic requirements am I guaranteed acceptance into the college program?
No. Acceptance into the college program is a competitive process. The NROTC staff at Kennesaw State carefully review each application in order to evaluate whether the candidate has a good chance of successfully completing the program. Ultimately, the staff’s goal is to have all admitted college program students be given a 3 or 2-year scholarship. If a candidate’s application indicates that they have a low possibility of eventually being awarded one of these scholarships then they will not be admitted into the program.
What credentials do I need in order to make myself a competitive candidate for the NROTC college program at Kennesaw State?
NROTC evaluates applicants using the same criteria as the 4-year National Scholarship. In general, successful applicants at Kennesaw State (Note that these are NOT minimum required scores):
- Participated in a varsity sport in high school and demonstrate exceptional physical fitness
- Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or greater on 4.0 scale
- Achieved SAT scores of 1200 or above (math and verbal sections only) or a composite ACT score of 26 or above
- Have a track record of leadership and participation in extracurricular activities
- Knowledgeable and motivated about a career in naval service
- Pursuing or will be pursuing an engineering/technical major (i.e. Tier 1 or Tier 2) or a critical language (Russian, Arabic, Chinese, ect.) major. There is no major restriction for Marine College Program applicants.
What is the process for applying for the college program at Kennesaw State?
The application period opens in May and closes in July. College program applications will be evaluated outside this time period only on a case by case basis. Students who attend Georgia Tech or Georgia State University must apply in time to complete the necessary cross-enrollment forms. The deadline for turning in cross-enrollment requests varies from year to year but usually is in July for the Fall and November for the Spring.
A complete application will consist of the following:
- Completed College Program Application
- Completed Report of Medical History dd2807-1
- Completed NROTC AFA Score Sheet (Find instructions for fitness assessment)
- High school or college transcript (students who have completed one year at the host institution need not submit HS transcripts)
- An essay (one page maximum) that answers these questions: “What are your top 3 URL communities you wish to commission into and why? If not selected for one of these communities, would you accept your commission?”
- A copy of score reports for SAT/ ACT as applicable
- Letter of admittance (if not currently enrolled in the University you wish to attend)
- Candidate “resume” or list of accomplishments
- Any letters of recommendation (Not required but encouraged)
Completed applications can be sent to the address below or scanned via email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Freshmen Advisor – College Program
Atlanta Region NROTC Unit
225 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0125
After reviewing the candidate’s application, the staff will either invite the candidate in for an interview or deny the application. An active duty member of staff conducts the interview in order to evaluate the candidate’s maturity, confidence, knowledge of the military, and career goals.
Once all interviews are completed candidates are then evaluated against each other and invitations or denials are sent to the candidates.
If a candidate is accepted, they are required to go to their family physician to complete a sports physical - clearing them for physical activity prior to starting the program. During candidate orientation, new midshipmen will be required to perform a Navy physical fitness test. Unsatisfactory results during this test will result in the candidate’s invitation to the college program to be withdrawn.
When do college program midshipmen become eligible to apply for scholarships?
At the end of each academic year, midshipmen in the college program are submitted for a 3 or 2-year scholarship. If awarded, the 3 or 2-year scholarship provides the same benefits as the 4-year national scholarship - for the specified period of time. Candidates for these scholarships are evaluated based on the same criteria as the 4-year scholarship students, with college GPA and performance as a midshipman playing a huge factor.
Freshmen in college (provided they have achieved less then 30 college credit hours) are eligible to re-apply for the National 4-year Scholarship, even if they were previously denied.
What happens if a college program midshipmen is never awarded a scholarship?
All college program students must either be on scholarship or be accepted into the ‘advanced’ college program by the start of their Junior year in school. If not, then the student is required to be dis-enrolled from NROTC. Students in the advanced college program do not receive tuition benefits but do receive a monthly stipend and participate in one summer of training before graduation. Advanced college program students have the same active duty obligation as scholarship students.