Students not on Scholarship

For students not possessing a 4-year NROTC scholarship there are 2 NROTC courses of action available:

  1. Re-apply for the 4-year NROTC scholarship during the late summer or fall of your Freshman year. Caveats to this option include that you must have less than 30 college credits and you cannot be enrolled as a NROTC Midshipman to re-apply. However as our Naval Science classes are open to all University Students, we encourage you to register for NS 110 (Into to Naval Science). By enrolling in this class you will receive the majority of the same training that a NROTC Midshipmen would receive
  2. Join the NROTC Purdue program without a scholarship as a “College Program” option. With this path you will be competing for a “Sideload Scholarship” (i.e. a 2 or 3 year NROTC scholarship) which could be awarded either at the end of either your Freshman or Sophomore year. Please be aware that the number of scholarships is limited to about 180 nationally for freshmen of the academic year. Based on funding outlooks, we do not anticipate this number to grow (it may contract further) for the upcoming year. As a result of the limited numbers of Sideload scholarships available, we recommend to remain competitive for Sideload Scholarships students maintain their GPA above 3.50, physical fitness scores in the “Outstanding” range, and high military aptitude scores.  Visit here for the NROTC Purdue College Program application.

As the NROTC program is designed as a 4 year training continuum, we cannot accept students who are classified as Juniors or Seniors in college. However there are other non-NROTC options such as Officer Candidate School (OCS) and the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program (NUPOC) that may be viable routes to obtain a commission as an officer in the United States Navy. For more information on this please contact your local Navy or Marine Corps Officer recruiter.

For further clarifications or explanation please contact us at (765) 494-2055 or

Routes toward a Commission in the US Navy