High School Students


  • High School students typically begin their NROTC application before the end of their junior year of high school with the goal of having everything submitted during the fall of their senior year. 
  • Scholarship applications for fall matriculation are due by 31 January of that year. 
  • High school seniors and college freshmen are eligible to apply assuming they have completed fewer than 30 college credits (credits taken at an undergrad institution -- AP credits do not apply to this rule). 
  • After submitting the online application, continue to check the status of your application online.  Eventually, you will see the contact information of a local recruiter that will work with you to complete the remaining items of the application package. 
  • Feel free to contact Purdue NROTC with any questions regarding the overall program.​

Scholarship Application


College Students


What is the NROTC "College Program"?

  • The NROTC College Program is for students who have not received NROTC national scholarship.
  • College Program students receive uniforms and Naval Science textbooks at no cost, but receive no other financial benefits.
  • College Program students attend Purdue University and participate in all NROTC activities just like their scholarship student peers, strengthening competitiveness to be awarded scholarship. 


Purdue NROTC has a strong record of earning scholarships for College Program students.


College Program

  • College program students can be nominated for 3-year scholarships after successful performance during their first full year in the program

    • Marine Option MIDN are eligible after their first fall semester
    • If not selected for a 3-year scholarship, students can be re-nominated for a 2-year scholarship the following year. 
    • Any students not selected for a 2-year scholarship are automatically screened for Advanced Standing.
  • Once selected for a 2- or 3-year scholarship, also known as a “side-load scholarship”, students begin receiving a stipend and other benefits in addition to full tuition and fees just like national scholarship recipients. 

    • These benefits are not retroactive, meaning they have no service obligation and do not participate in summer training until selected for scholarship or advanced standing.
  • While calculus and physics are not requirements for college program students, it is highly encouraged that they take these courses as scholarships are largely awarded on academic performance.


Advanced Standing

  • College Program students can also be selected for commissioning via Advanced Standing.
  • For those who do not receive a side-load scholarship, Advanced Standing allows them to complete the four-year program and commission into the Navy or Marine Corps.
  • MIDN with an Advanced Standing contract receive a subsistence allowance of $350 per month their junior year, increasing to $400 in their senior year.

    • All uniforms and NROTC course materials are still provided at no cost.


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  • Unfortunately, we cannot accept college students who are Juniors or Seniors. 
  • Navy: 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.
  • Marine Corps: See below link for additional commissioning avenues within the Marine Corps. 
  • For more information please contact your local Navy or Marine Corps Officer recruiter.
  • For any additional questions, feel free to contact us at (765) 494-2055 or e-mail:


Commissioning Paths in the US Navy

Commissioning Paths in the US Marine Corps