Prospective Students

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Prospective Students:

Interest Form

How do I apply for the Scholarship? Do I have to interview?

If you are interested in pursuing an NROTC Scholarship or the NROTC College Program, please visit the official Navy ROTC website, which has a checklist of everything required to apply. During the application process, you will need to participate in an officer interview. This interview can occur at the NROTC unit closest to you. To schedule an interview at the UPenn unit fill out the application here.

Do I have to have a scholarship to participate in the ROTC Program?

No, you do not have to have a scholarship when you enter the program. About 50 percent of our freshmen come in each year without a national scholarship – these students are referred to as “College Programmers.” The unit staff will work with you to help apply for a national three-year scholarship and other scholarships that the Navy offers for students who want to commission after college. If you want to join the unit but do not have a scholarship, please contact the freshmen advisor at

How do I apply to become a College Programmer?

Contact our recruiting officer, LT Van Deusen, at He will provide you with all of the required documentation that must be completed.

Is there a deadline to submit the College Programmer application?

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year must be submitted in full no later than August 2, 2021.

Do we have a Freshmen orientation?

Yes, we will be having an in-person orientation for the fall 2021 semester. If you are an incoming Freshman with questions about what to expect from your fall semester please contact MIDN 1/C Blend and LT Van Deusen at

Can I have a normal college experience?

As a Midshipman in the University of Pennsylvania NROTC program, you will have the opportunity to pursue a top-tier education while working toward a commission in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. The NROTC program is styled to complement a normal college lifestyle. Midshipmen excel academically and are encouraged to participate in varsity sports, student government, fraternities and sororities, and other extracurricular activities.

Can I visit the unit and participate in an activity?

Yes, we would love to have you come and check out the program. Prospective students who are visiting campus are encouraged to visit the Hollenback Center or shadow a current Midshipman. Opportunities include participating in PT or leadership lab, meeting with the freshmen advisor, and following a current Midshipmen around to all of their classes.

Does my ROTC scholarship cover room and board?

No. Your ROTC scholarship will give you a living stipend but will not pay for your room and board. However, some universities subsidize your on-campus living expenses:

University of Pennsylvania

Room and Board charges are not subsidized by the University of Pennsylvania.

Drexel University

100 percent of Housing charges and 25 percent of Board charges are covered by the University for NROTC Midshipmen under scholarship. Despite this, you will receive a letter from Drexel University to pay a deposit for your Drexel Housing. You do not need to pay this if you email and inform them that you are a Midshipman under NROTC Scholarship. Orientation is almost a month before classes start at Drexel University. If you are not from the surrounding area of Drexel University and there is an issue with you traveling to Philadelphia for orientation and then going home and returning to Philadelphia for the start of school, please inform LT Van Deusen at

Temple University

New NROTC Scholarship Midshipmen automatically receive $1250 per semester to go toward their Room and Board charges for their first fall semester. If they remain academically eligible with a 3.0 GPA, they will continue to receive $1250 per semester for Room and Board.

Parents Brief for Orientation

Are you a parent and want to know more? Awesome! We are very happy that you are supporting your child in their wish to join the United States Navy or Marine Corps. Here is the parents’ brief from last year’s orientation: 

My question was not answered here. Who can I contact?

If you have questions, please make sure you have filled out the interest form at the top of the page. If you have any other questions or are not a prospective student, please feel free to contact our public affairs officer, LT Van Deusen, at