Prospective Students

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Prospective Students:

As a Midshipman in the University of Pennsylvania NROTC program, you will have the opportunity to pursue a top-tier education while working your way toward a commission in the 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.

Scholarship Information:

Navy ROTC offers many opportunities for both high school seniors and current college students to pursue a commission in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. If you are interested in pursuing an NROTC Scholarship or the NROTC College Program, please visit the official Navy ROTC website.

Kilo Company:

The University of Pennsylvania Freshman Orientation Program, otherwise known as Kilo Company, is the training program available to all NROTC freshmen, and will transition you from a high school graduate into a Midshipman in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. The training includes instruction in close-order drill, physical training, and military leadership. Kilo Company concludes in November with the Swearing-In Ceremony and freshmen are integrated into the Battalion as 4/C Midshipmen.

Campus Visits:

Prospective students who are visiting campus are encouraged to visit the Hollenback Center or shadow a current Midshipman. If you are interested in shadowing a current Midshipman or meeting with the Freshman Advisor, please fill out this form. Our Public Affairs Officer will contact you to begin planning your visit.

New Student Orientation:

New Student Orientation information applies to NROTC scholarship recipients and those who have been accepted for the NROTC College Program by the Freshmen Advisor, LT Ferrell.

NROTC orientation, 16 19 August 2015, Orientation has been carefully designed to introduce you to the NROTC program and will prepare you for the unique demands associated with life as a Navy midshipman. During orientation, midshipmen from Villanova, Drexel, Temple, and the University of Pennsylvania will participate together in a series of physical and academic training evolutions, to include various physical training events, classroom instruction in military customs and courtesies and basic close-order-drill. You will be physically challenged, so begin training today. Orientation is not mandatory, but students are strongly recommended to attend. If you do not plan to come to orientation, you must inform LT Ferrell as soon as the issue is discovered. Understand that your NROTC scholarship will not be activated if you report out of physical/weight standards.

Each scholarship recipient and approved College Programmer will receive a Welcome Aboard Package in the mail before Orientation containing more detailed information regarding gear to bring and the timeline of New Student Orientation. Below is some preliminary information that should assist your preparation.


Proceed Travel pay will be given to all students to cover either the gas costs or airline fees of transiting to Philadelphia. It only covers the cost of one trip to Philadelphia, so Drexel students traveling to Orientation will not be reimbursed if they return home and travel back to Drexel at the start of the Fall Quarter in September.

University Room and Board:

University of Pennsylvania

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

Move-In Dates: 20-21 August. If the student would like to move in to their dorm before Orientation, please contact LT Ferrell at Understand that you are subject to prorated charges for moving in these additional days.

Drexel University

100% of Housing charges and 25% 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 Mr. Joe Russo at and inform him that you are a Midshipman under NROTC Scholarship.

Orientation is almost over 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 Ferrell at

Temple University

New NROTC Scholarship Midshipman automatically receive $1250 per semester to go towards their Room and Board charges for their first Fall semester. If they remain academically eligibile with a 3.0 GPA, they will continue to receive $1250 per semester for Room and Board.

Parents Brief for Orientation

Commanding Officer's Brief from Orientation, Download here


Questions may be directed to our Recruiting Officer. Please be sure to provide an email address or contact number. Prospective students may also be interested in the UPenn NROTC Facebook page which can be found here.