Tulane University recognizes the need for military officers with a quality education in a variety of academic specialties and highly recommends the Reserve Officer Training Corps programs as one method of meeting this need. The university maintains Air Force, Army, and Naval ROTC units.  Their programs are open equally to men and women in all schools. Each of the programs provides an opportunity to develop leadership and management abilities, as well as to perform a valuable service to the nation. The programs also offer opportunities for scholarships for students in their first or second year. Individuals who wish to earn a commission and to serve a brief period of active duty, as well as those who are interested in a career of military service, are encouraged to participate.

A maximum of 15 credits from ROTC courses may be applied to a Tulane degree.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)

Uptown Square Suite 130
200 Broadway
Phone:  504.865.5390

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) offers three and four year programs through which students can earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force upon graduation. AFROTC is a comprehensive academic and hands-on training program. Students have the unique opportunity to enhance their interpersonal communications, teamwork, leadership, and management skills.

The curriculum is divided into two parts: the General Military Course (GMC) for freshman and sophomores, and the Professional Officer Course (POC) for juniors, seniors, and graduate law or nursing students. GMC students attend a 1-hour class and a 2-hour laboratory each week. POC students attend a 3-hour class and a 2-hour laboratory each week. Both GMC and POC students attend physical training sessions at least twice a week.  Cadets compete for and must be selected to attend field training (a two-week session) between their sophomore and junior years.

Students may enroll in the GMC without incurring any military obligation. Entry into the POC is competitive and requires a commitment to the Air Force. Additional summer programs are available to cadets on a voluntary basis. These professional development opportunities include parachuting, internships, language immersion, base visits and more. Textbooks and uniforms are issued to cadets without cost. Scholarship cadets qualify for yearly book allowance per year and a subsistence allowance per month during academic year.

The Air Force offers excellent scholarship opportunities in a wide variety of academic majors. For additional information or to check scholarship eligibility, contact AFROTC Detachment 320, Tulane University, at (504) 865-5394,, or visit

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (AROTC)

Uptown Square, Suite 132
200 Broadway
Phone:  504.865.5594

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (AROTC) is a comprehensive program of studies through which a student can qualify to be commissioned as an officer in the United States Army, the National Guard, or the United States Army Reserve. Students learn leadership and management skills important in any profession. The Army ROTC program consists of a two-year Basic Course, which is open to freshmen and sophomores only, and a two-year Advanced Course. Non scholarship students participating in the first two years of AROTC do not incur any obligation to the U.S. Army. Army ROTC offers four, three, and two year scholarships that include the Guaranteed Reserve Forces scholarship. Army scholarships provide tuition assistance, a flat rate for textbooks, and a monthly subsistence allowance (up to 10 months per year). Students may elect to use scholarships for room and board (up to $10,000 annually) in lieu of tuition and fees. Admission to the AROTC Advanced Course is conditional on meeting academic, physical, and age requirements and the approval of the Professor of Military Science. Physical training is an integral part of the AROTC program.

To be commissioned as an officer, a student must complete either the regular four-year program, a three-year program (whereby the Basic Course is compressed into one year), or a two-year program (requiring completion of the summer AROTC basic camp giving the student credit for the Basic Course). Advanced placement for AROTC training may be given to veterans and students with previous ROTC experience. In addition to these requirements, a student must complete at least one course each in the areas of written communication, human behavior, military history, computer literacy and math reasoning. Uniforms and military science textbooks are issued without cost to all students. Advanced Course and scholarship students receive a subsistence allowance. They are also paid for the summer advanced leadership camp they must attend prior to completing the Advanced Course. For further information contact the Army ROTC office at 1-800-777-ARMY or 504-865-5594.

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC)

Located in the NAVY ROTC Building.

Phone:  504.247.1605

Since 1938, the program at Tulane University has offered students the opportunity to earn a commission as an ensign in the United States Navy or second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. 

NROTC Scholarships Process

NROTC scholarships provide students with full tuition, university fees, uniforms, a textbook stipend, and a subsistence stipend.  Tulane students who choose to reside on campus are also provided free room and board through the university.  Students on scholarship also participate in paid summer training periods at military installations across the country. 

Students who have not yet been awarded an NROTC scholarship may participate in the NROTC College Program and compete nationally for 3, 2, or 1-year scholarships or an Advanced Standing commission guarantee.

The NROTC scholarship board begins accepting applications in April for the following academic year. The deadline for applications is December 31. The scholarship board uses a “rolling” selection process. The board commences reviewing applications in August and continues into the spring. Students should begin the application process early and provide updates through their fall semester to the closing of the application deadline. The Navy encourages future officers to have backgrounds in STEM majors, but all degrees are accepted.

NROTC Requirements

Members of the NROTC program are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 , excel at physical training, and be of sound moral judgment. All members of the program are required to enroll in Naval Science classes every semester and participate in leadership development laboratory periods and physical training. Students desiring to join the Navy are required to take 2 semesters of Calculus and 2 semesters of Physics.

There is a minimum five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning. 

If you would like to schedule a visit to the unit or have any questions, please call the NROTC Unit, Tulane University at (504) 865-5104, email or visit  Additional information may be found at