Prospective Students

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Prospective Students:

Interest Form.

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 freshman advisor, and following a current Midshipmen around to all of their classes.

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 towards 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.

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 check list 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 don't have to have a scholarship when you enter the program. About 50% of our Freshmen come in each year without a national scholarship. 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 don't have a scholarship, please contact the freshmen advisor at

Do we have Freshmen orientation?

Yes, there is an orientation for incoming freshman which will be held August 8-11. 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, which 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 O'Connell, the freshmen advisor, 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.

I don't live near campus. Will you reimburse me for travel to get to Orientation week?

Proceed Travel pay will be given to all students who have received NROTC scholarships 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.

Will I be integrated directly into the battalion after Orientation week?

No, we arenít going to make you learn everything on your own. The UPenn Freshman Orientation Program, otherwise known as Kilo Company, is the training program for all NROTC freshmen, and will transition you from a high school graduate into a Midshipman in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. Training begins with orientation week, and continues through the first months of your freshman year. Training will include instruction in close-order drill, military customs expectations, 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.

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% 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 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 O'Connell 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 eligible with a 3.0 GPA, they will continue to receive $1250 per semester for Room and Board.

Parents Brief for Orientation

Hi, I am 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 parent's brief from last yearís orientation: Commanding Officer's Brief from Orientation, Download here

My question wasnít answered here. Who can I contact?

If you have questions, please make sure you have filled out the interest form on the top of the page. If you have any other questions or aren't a prospective student, please feel free to contact our public affairs officer at