Whether you’re a born leader or you’re ready to become one, the Army ROTC will inspire, motivate, and challenge you. It will push you to advance academically, physically, and mentally and arm you with skills that will endure a lifetime.


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The Army ROTC is a renowned leadership program designed to enhance your college experience and prepare you for military service as a commissioned officer in the active Army or part-time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

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Your Path to Success

Your Path to Success

  • After completing the Army ROTC program, you’ll be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and embark on specialized training with your Army branch.
  • Following officer branch training and a first assignment, you’ll have a chance to pursue additional specialized training and postgraduate education opportunities.
  • Your training prepares you for advanced leadership roles and positions in upper management.
  • Many graduates develop doctrine, teach military tactics, and serve as advisors.

Program Highlights

There are so many benefits to your ROTC experience, it's impossible to list them all. Here's a rundown of the high points.

Army ROTC is designed for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

Various types and lengths of scholarships are available. Some guarantee duty in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard following commissioning.

First-year students who earn scholarships and first- and second-year students who did not may enroll on a trial basis with no commitment to the military.

Students may leave the program or continue with advanced courses to earn a commission as an officer upon graduation.

Although the program is designed to start with new first-year students each fall, it's possible to enter the program as late as fall of the junior year.

Students who have completed Basic Training and AIT or students who complete the 28-day Basic Camp in Fort Knox, Kentucky, over the summer have the opportunity to bypass the freshman and sophomore courses.


ROTC leadership experience is a huge draw, but so are the generous scholarship packages.

If you are awarded a scholarship, you can choose to have it cover the full cost of tuition or room and board. Plus, you’ll receive an annual book allowance of $1,200. Regardless of whether you earn a scholarship, you’ll receive a monthly stipend of $420 as long as you sign a contract with the Army.

To be eligible for an Army ROTC two-, three-, or four-year merit scholarship at Penn College, you must meet the criteria below.

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be at least seventeen years of age by October 1 of the year of enrollment as a scholarship cadet.
  • Be under twenty-seven years of age on June 30 of the calendar year in which eligible for appointment as a second lieutenant.
  • Satisfactorily explain any record of arrest and/or civil conviction (no felony convictions).
  • Pass a medical exam reviewed by the DoD Medical Examination and Review Board.
  • Pass an Army Physical Fitness Test.
  • Must have taken SAT/ACT.
  • Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalent certificate.
  • Be accepted for enrollment by Pennsylvania College of Technology. Have at least two academic years remaining at host or satellite school. (These may include graduate study.)
  • Two-year and three-year scholarship applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater.
  • Agree to accept a commission as an officer in the Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve.
  • Have no moral obligations or personal conviction that will prevent you from:
    • Supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
    • Conscientiously bearing arms.

Students may be offered scholarships conditionally while awaiting final determination of eligibility. The most common reason for conditional offers is the scheduling of medical examinations and the resolution of potential medical disqualifiers. Scholarship applications are available on request. Four-year national scholarships can be filed online.

High school students submit scholarship applications to the Army ROTC National Headquarters. These are screened for basic eligibility requirements and then forwarded electronically to the student’s preferred schools as indicated on the application.

Students who indicate Pennsylvania College of Technology as one of their top choices will be considered by a board convened by our Professor of Military Science. The processes of this board will include file reviews and phone or in-person interviews when possible. The results of the board, including the names of those selected for scholarships and an order of merit listing of alternates, will be forwarded to Army ROTC National Headquarters. Scholarships will then be offered based on the board results and within assigned allocations.

Program Commitment

Program Commitment

First- and second-year cadets commit approximately five hours a week during the school year, while third- and fourth-year students spend about 10 hours a week. In this time, you'll have weekly classes, physical training, monthly leadership labs, and a semester field training exercise.

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Real-World Ready

Junior officers who leave the military are highly sought after by corporate America. CEOs know these individuals have a proven track record. Military officers can motivate people and solve problems. Most of all, they have demonstrated the values that employers look for in junior executives: duty, honor, loyalty, integrity, commitment, selflessness, and respect.

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