NROTC Program Entrance Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship, a Naturalized U.S. Citizen or in process of becoming a Naturalized U.S. Citizen.
  • Not less than 17 years old and not yet 23 by September 1 of the year starting college.
  • Must not have reached 27th birthday upon graduation and commissioning.
  • Applicants with prior military service may be eligible for age adjustments for amount of time equal to their prior service, on month-by-month basis, for maximum of 36 months, if they will not reach their 29th birthday upon commissioning.
  • Applicants must have no criminal record of military or civilian offenses pending or federal convictions.
  • High school graduation or equivalency certificate by August 1 of year of entrance into four-year Navy ROTC Scholarship program.
  • No moral obligations or personal convictions that prevent conscientious bearing of arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic or to taking an oath to perform such acts.
  • Medically qualified by Navy or Marine Corps standards.
  • You must not have any body piercing or tattoos that violate Navy or Marine Corps policy.
  • Students with 30 or more semester hours or students with 45 or more quarter hours of college credit upon submission of the online application are not eligible for the Navy ROTC National Scholarship. It is recommended that these students contact the Professors of Naval Science at the Host University's Navy ROTC Unit to discuss other scholarship opportunities.
  • You must be within Navy or Marine Corps height/weight standards when you report.
  • Apply for and gain admission to an approved Navy ROTC college or university. Admission to an Navy ROTC institution is not required during the selection process; however, notification of admission must be received before the scholarship can be activated.
  • Students may apply for only one of two program options-Navy or Marine Corps.
  • Active duty Navy applicants are ineligible to apply for Navy ROTC program through COMNAVCRUITCOM. Active members of other branches of the military may apply if granted a conditional release. Individuals who are scheduled for boot camp may apply provided they complete all required application evolutions (i.e. officer interview, etc.). Applicants shall not ship to Boot Camp RTC prior to notification of selection or non-selection.  Applicants who chose to ship to Boot Camp prior to selection/non-selection notification must notify NSTC (OD2), in writing, that they wish to withdraw their application.

Qualifying Scores, Navy:
SAT -- 550 Verbal, 540 Math, 1200 Combined (Math plus evidence based reading and writing)
ACT -- 22 Verbal; 21 Math, 47 Combined (Math plus English)

Qualifying Scores, Marine Option:
SAT -- 1000 Composite
ACT -- 22 Composite


To receive commissions, midshipmen must complete all requirements for bachelor's degrees under university rules and regulations. They must also complete certain courses specified by the Navy. While requirements vary depending on the college, the Navy and Marine Corps are interested in producing top-quality officers, therefore success in academics in highly emphasized.

Students selected for the NROTC Scholarship Program take the normal course load required by the college or university for degree completion. Additionally, scholarship midshipmen are required to follow these general academic guidelines:

  1. Calculus (one year by the end of the sophomore year)1
  2. Physics (one year of calculus-based physics by the end of the junior year)1 
  3. English grammar and composition (one year)
  4. National Security Policy/American Military Affairs (one term)
  5. Cultural Studies (one term)

1 Denotes courses not required for Marine Corps-option students

Candidates must pass a stringent physical examination to qualify for the NROTC Program.

The physical and scholarship qualification processes are independent determinations. Applicants must receive favorable endorsements in both areas before any NROTC scholarship can be granted. Many medical diagnoses are disqualifying and it is not possible to include a complete list here. Some of the more common conditions considered disqualifying include vision not correctable to 20/20 (each eye), no color vision, history of asthma, acute or chronic cardiac/pulmonary conditions, chronic skin disorders such as cystic acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis or eczema, ununited fractures or major joint surgery, arthritis, seizure disorders, severe motion sickness susceptibility, alcohol or drug abuse and pregnancy.

The Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) schedules and reviews all physical examinations for service academies and NROTC candidates. Candidates applying for more than one military academy or ROTC scholarship will require only one physical examination.

If DODMERB determines a disqualifying condition exists, your package will be forwarded to the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) for further review and consideration for a medical waiver of the physical standards. Waivers may be granted for conditions which are at low risk for progression and are unlikely to interfere with the completion of training requirements and/or serve in a world-wide deployable capacity.



Military service is a physically demanding profession and requires a high degree of physical preparedness and a healthy constitution.


Body Composition Standards

Physical Fitness Standards


Body Composition Standards

Physical Fitness Standards

For complete NROTC Physical Requirements, visit: https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/physical_requirements.html

Upon graduation, NROTC Scholarship Program Midshipmen are commissioned as active duty Ensigns in the United States Navy or active duty Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

Midshipmen will have military service obligations of 8 years. At least 4 of those years are served in an active duty status.

Midshipmen disenrolled from the NROTC Scholarship Program for reasons beyond their control will normally be discharged without penalty. A minimum of two years of active enlisted service or recoupment of all tuition dollars may be required for midshipmen who disenroll or are disenrolled from the NROTC Scholarship Program for academic or personal reasons after September 1st of their sophomore year.

If disenrolled, personnel who were originally on active duty and were released early to accept NROTC scholarships must complete their original enlisted contracts.