Naval Science/Naval ROTC



The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) is a competitive program designed for the purpose of educating men and women for service as commissioned officers in the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Students accepted into the program receive training and experience in the one quality that will always be in great demand: Leadership. Upon commissioning, University of Nebraska NROTC graduates serve in such diverse fields as aviation, surface warfare, submarine warfare, naval special warfare, and as United States Marines.


  • NROTC Midshipmen may receive a national scholarship covering either full tuition and fees or room and board, a stipend for books, and a monthly stipend to help cover living expenses.
  • There is also a non-scholarship program for students who did not initially qualify for a national scholarship but are interested in a career in the United States Navy or United States Marine Corps. They compete for other two- and three-year scholarships and must earn a scholarship, or an advanced standing status, by the end of their academic sophomore year to remain in the program.
  • Out-of-state NROTC Midshipman at the University of  Nebraska–Lincoln may qualify for in-state tuition rates. Out-of-state students who are members of the NROTC unit, have earned a score of 26 or better on the ACT (1240 or better SAT) qualify for the ROTC Non-Resident Remission scholarship program. A student must be active in an ROTC organization on campus to be able to qualify and continue using this remission scholarship.
  • All NROTC students receive their required uniforms at no cost.
  • For information on financial assistance, Navy and Marine Corps ROTC Scholarships, and general information about the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Naval ROTC program, visit


Four-Year Scholarship Program

Four-Year NROTC scholarships are awarded annually based on a competitive selection process in which consideration is given to factors such as high school record, college board scores, extracurricular activities, and leadership qualities. The primary applicant to this program is a high school senior, but college freshmen may also qualify.

Three-Year Scholarship Program

During their freshman year at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, students may apply for the national scholarship. It is recommended that students interested in this possibility enroll in NAVS classes and participate in battalion activities.

Two-Year Scholarship Program

Two-Year NROTC scholarships are awarded to students that are approaching their junior year. Consideration is given to factors such as performance in college and leadership potential.

College Program

The College Program is a non-scholarship program designed for students who did not qualify for an ROTC Scholarship. Students in the College Program are fully integrated in the NROTC program and may qualify for the same careers in the Navy and Marine Corps upon graduation. There is also an opportunity for College Program students to compete for NROTC scholarships after one or more semesters of exemplary performance.

Naval Science Open Curriculum

Any University of Nebraska–Lincoln student may take Naval Science academic courses for college credit. However, enrollment in leadership laboratories is restricted to students who are accepted into the NROTC program. No active duty obligation is incurred.