Naval ROTC at Tuskegee University


The NROTC program was established to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. The NROTC scholarship program fills a vital need in preparing future officers for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.

A four-year NROTC scholarship features full tuition at a select college or university, all college or university educational fees, a stipend for text books, all uniforms, three summer training events and a substance allowance for each academic month.

Tuskegee and Auburn University NROTCs are located within 20 miles of one another and share the same Commanding Officer and active duty staff.  This arrangement is known as a "consortium." While specific scholarship criteria, availability and execution vary, Naval Staff contact information for either school may be used interchangeably.  For more information regarding NROTC in general, please view the orientation brief or visit the Auburn NROTC website.

Department of Naval Science

Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science

The mission of the Naval ROTC is to develop NROTC students mentally, morally, and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty; to commission college graduates as naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the naval service, and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government. All qualified men and women are eligible for the NROTC Program after submitting an application and being accepted as a scholarship or non-scholarship midshipman. All Naval Science courses, basic and advanced, are open to all Tuskegee students regardless of affiliation with the NROTC Program.

To be eligible for enrollment as a Midshipman, an applicant must be a United States citizen; have no moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent bearing of arms, and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; meet age requirements of at least 17 years on or before 1 September of the year of enrollment and less than 27 years on 30 June of the year an applicant expects to graduate, complete all NROTC training requirements, and be commissioned; meet physical requirements for the NROTC Program; and be accepted for admission as a full-time student at Tuskegee University.

(Applicants with prior or current active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces may be granted age waivers equal to the number of months served, not to exceed 36 months. Those granted the maximum age waiver must be less than 30 years of age on 30 June of the year they expect to graduate, complete all NROTC training requirements, and be commissioned.)


The Naval Science curriculum varies by program (Navy and Marine) with all Midshipmen attending two Naval Science laboratory periods for one hour each per week in addition to physical training at least twice per week.  The number of Naval Science credits that may be applied toward your degree vary from two to 12, depending on your major.

Navy Option Scholarship Midshipmen – 24 credit hours of Naval Science courses required plus differential calculus I and II (MATH 207/208), calculus-based physics I and II (PHYS 310/311), English, World Cultures and National Security Policy (a list of courses that satisfy these requirements can be requested).

  • NAVS 0101          Introduction to Naval Science
  • NAVS 0102          Sea power and Maritime Affairs
  • NAVS 0201          Leadership and Management
  • NAVS 0206          Navigation
  • NAVS 0305          Ship Systems I (Engineering)
  • NAVS 0306          Ship Systems II (Weapons)
  • NAVS 0405          Naval Operations and Seamanship
  • NAVS 0402          Leadership and Ethics
  • Navy Nurse Scholarship Midshipmen – 12 credit hours of Naval Science courses required plus acceptance into nursing school prior to junior year.
  • NAVS 0101          Introduction to Naval Science
  • NAVS 0102          Sea power and Maritime Affairs
  • NAVS 0201          Leadership and Management
  • NAVS 0402          Leadership and Ethics
  • Marine Option Scholarship Midshipmen – 18 credit hours of Naval Science courses plus successful completion of Officer Candidate School the summer before your senior year.
  • NAVS 0101          Introduction to Naval Science
  • NAVS 0102          Sea power and Maritime Affairs
  • NAVS 0201          Leadership and Management
  • NAVS 0303          Evolution of Warfare
  • NAVS 0403          Amphibious Warfare
  • NAVS 0402          Leadership and Ethics  

Active Duty Service Requirements upon Graduation

Active duty service requirements for scholarship midshipmen vary depending on the warfare area they enter. The basic requirement is eight years, five of which must be on active duty. The remaining three years may be completed on active duty or in the reserves. Note that some warfare communities have additional requirements:

  • Surface Warfare (ships) – 8 years total, at least 5 on active duty
  • Submarine Warfare - 8 years total, at least 5 on active duty
  • Naval Aviator (pilot, Navy or Marine) - 8 years active duty after qualification as a Naval Aviator
  • Naval Flight Officer (backseat, Navy or Marine) – 8 years total, 6 years active duty after qualifying
  • Special Warfare (SEAL) - 8 years total, at least 4 years on active duty
  • Navy Nurse – 8 years total, at least 4 years on active duty
  • USMC Officer – 8 years total, at least 4 years on active duty

Naval ROTC Programs

Navy-Marine Corps Scholarships

Naval ROTC female officerThe Department of the Navy pays tuition, fees, $375 per semester for textbooks, and provides a monthly stipend. Freshmen on scholarship receive $250, sophomores $300, juniors $350, and seniors $400 per month. Active duty pay for summer training is approximately $560 per month with living quarters and meals provided.  Tuskegee University currently pays full room and board for all NROTC scholarship recipients.

Although the program emphasizes engineering and science majors, students may enroll in any Tuskegee University major leading to a baccalaureate degree.  Navy Option scholarship students must complete two differential calculus and two calculus-based physics courses prior to the end of their Junior year. Navy Option summer activities include two at-sea training cruises and one summer of career orientation lasting about four weeks each.

Marine Option students report to the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, CA, in lieu of the second summer cruise and attend Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA, their final summer before graduation.

All scholarship students may resign without obligation any time prior to the beginning of their second year in the program. Successful completion of the NROTC program leads to a commission as an Ensign, U.S. Navy or Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps.

Minority Serving Institution Scholarship Reservation  (MSISR was formerly known as Historically Black College and University, or HBCU, Scholarship)

Applications for Fall scholarships will continue to be accepted by an NROTC Unit affiliated with a Minority Serving Institution until 29 February. If interested, contact the NSTC Candidate Guidance Office or the NROTC Unit at the Minority Serving Institution Tuskegee University for further Information.

NROTC has a limited number of scholarships available for students to attend MSI schools, which encompass Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), High Hispanic Enrollment (HHE) schools, and other Minority Institutions (MI). If you are interested in attending Tuskegee University, apply for an MSI scholarship by completing the electronic application on this website which will be available through 31 January 2016 or by using the paper PDF application available after 31 January 2016 and contacting the Tuskegee University NROTC Unit Basic Eligibility Criteria. Applicants may be of any gender, race, or ethnic background and must meet all Navy-Option NROTC Scholarship eligibility requirements as well as:

-- Must be a Navy Option applicant (Marine Corps and Nurse Corps Option applicants are not eligible).

-- Qualifying scores on Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT):

SAT: 520 Math; 530 Verbal/Critical Reading

ACT: 21 Math; 22 English

SAT/ACT Math and English / Critical Reading scores can be from two different tests; applicants can combine best Math w/ best English / Critical Reading scores to achieve qualifying scores.

-- Applicants must apply to one of the NROTC affiliated MSIs (Tuskegee University) if not currently enrolled.

-- Applicants must be admitted to the MSI(Tuskegee University) in order to use their scholarship if selected..

_ All MSISR Applicants must conduct an NROTC Applicant Fitness Assessment (AFA) and provide their scores to the Tuskegee University NROTC Unit in order for their application to be considered complete and forwarded for consideration by the selection board.

_ The test consists of abdominal crunches, push-ups, and a one-mile run. The purpose of the test is to evaluate your level of physical fitness.

_ The test can be administered by any physical education instructor, athletics coach, an active duty officer, active duty E-7 or NJROTC instructor.

_ Applicants accustomed to regular physical activity should have no difficulty with the AFA.

_ Being properly conditioned prior to reporting to your NROTC Unit cannot be overemphasized.

_ You will be far better prepared to meet the stringent physical demands of the NROTC Program if you maintain a high level of physical fitness during high school.

See the following links for details of how to conduct the AFA:

_ Applicant Fitness Assessment Instructions

_ Applicant Fitness Assessment Score Sheet

MSISR nomination must be submitted via the NROTC Unit affiliated with the Minority Serving Institution you wish to attend. Make sure to include high school, ACT or SAT transcripts with applications, and any recommendation letters that you may have. 


  • MSISR Application
  • Drug Statement
  • Statement of Understanding
  • Debarment & Suspension

You should apply from January 1 until February 28 via the NROTC Unit of the school if you wish to attend. The Tuskegee University NROTC recruiting officer's number is (334) 724-4203 or (334) 724-4994.

USMC Frederick C. Branch (FCB) Scholarships

The Frederick C. Branch Scholarship is an additional NROTC scholarship opportunity open to students planning to attend a participating Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Frederick C. Branch was the first African-American Marine Corps Officer. In May 1943, while attending Temple University, Branch received a draft notice from the Army, but he was ultimately selected to be a Marine. He went on to complete Basic Training at Montford Point, NC, and was assigned to serve in the Pacific. His conduct earned him the recommendation of his commanding officer to attend Officer Candidates School. On November 10, 1945, Frederick C. Branch was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He went on to serve during the Korean War and attained the rank of captain before leaving the Marine Corps in 1955. 

In his honor, the Marine Corps offers four-year, three-year and two-year NROTC scholarships for students attending or planning to attend a Historically Black College or University. These scholarships are awarded to high school seniors or college freshmen and sophomores who seek to earn a commission in the United States Marine Corps while attending an HBCU. In general, students must have performed well academically in High School or, if in college, completed at least one semester of course work with a minimum 2.0 GPA and received a grade no lower than "C" in all attempted courses. Additionally, you must achieve a minimum SAT score of 1000 (combined math and critical reading only) or 22 combined on the ACT. This requirement is not waiverable. Students interested in applying for the scholarship may view Scholarships are extremely limited and highly competitive locally, so we encourage students to apply early.

As a college student and Marine-Option Midshipman in the NROTC Program, your journey to a successful future will also lead to a life of purpose and advancement that Marine Corps Officers are known for. For the right few, the Marine Corps offers the opportunity to pursue this noble path while earning a degree on a college campus. In fact, as a Marine-Option Midshipman, the NROTC Program will only enhance college life. But this is not merely an education; it is a screening process to find the few who have what it takes to lead Marines.  

Click here to Apply for FCB Scholarship.

Front Office: (334) 724-4993
FAX: (334) 724-4736


NROTC Building
(Old Band Cottage)

Tuskegee University
1200 W. Montgomery Rd. 
Tuskegee, AL 36088


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