You may start the application process during the second semester of your junior year of high school. Follow these steps. Or download a comprehensive application information checklist at http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/index.html.
STEP 1 – COLLEGE BOARD SCORE RELEASE
Authorize the testing agency to release your scores directly to the NROTC Scholarship Program (program code 0656). No other means of providing scores to the program is acceptable. Scores forwarded directly from the applicant or a school will not be accepted.
- SAT: 540 Math; 550 Verbal/Critical Reading or Evidence Based Reading and Writing AND 1200 Combined (Math plus Critical Reading or Evidence Based Reading and Writing)
- ACT:21 Math; 22 English
47 Combined (Math plus English)
STEP 2 – FILL OUT YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATION(S)
Tip: Apply to at least three NROTC-affiliated colleges or universities you’re interested in attending. Your application will not be reviewed otherwise. Because each NROTC unit has a limited capacity for incoming freshmen, you may not get your first choice and may be assigned to your second- or third-choice school.
- It is advisable to apply to the school(s) of your choice by Nov. 1.
STEP 3 – SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Your application package must be completed at the local processing station no later than January 20. You are responsible for ensuring the release of official school transcripts and references and for verifying their receipt by the processing station prior to the January 20 completion date.
STEP 4 – SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION BOARD CONSIDERATION
Candidates may be considered by a selection board as early as August. Afterward, selection boards will meet periodically through April. All scholarship applicants will be notified of their final results in writing.
STEP 5 – PHYSICAL QUALIFICATIONS AND ENROLLMENT
After being approved for the NROTC scholarship, you will be contacted to undergo a physical to make sure you meet basic Navy health requirements. When the fall term starts, and after all physical qualification requirements have been met, you will be sworn in as a Midshipman. This is when you will start receiving your subsistence allowance of $250, which increases as you progress through school.
Remember: The earlier you submit your application, the better your chance of attending your choice school. Technical and nursing majors stand a better chance of being accepted into the program. To start your NROTC application now, go to http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/index.html.