Schools and Majors
Air Force ROTC offers scholarships in all academic majors necessary to meet Air Force needs. These needs can change from year to year. You should carefully consider the academic majors you put on your application. You may list one, two or three academic majors, but you should list only academic majors you would be willing to pursue.
If you are selected for a scholarship, Air Force ROTC will notify you of the length and type of scholarship and the academic major of the offer. You must then decide to accept or decline the scholarship offer in that major.
Offers are made in any one of the following categories:
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Architectural Engineering
- Astronautical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences
- Nuclear Engineering
- Nuclear Physics
- Operations Research
All other majors
- Communications, Mass
- Criminal Justice
- Cyberspace Security
- Information Assurance
- Information Security
- Information Systems
- Political Science
- Public Relations
- Space Ops
The above list for “other majors” shows the general categories of approved majors. For a specific list of all approved majors, click here.
Foreign Language Majors
- Chinese, Amoy
- Chinese, Cantonese
- Chinese, Mandarin
- Chinese, Wu
Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Meteorology, Nuclear Physics, and Nuclear Engineering are highly desired majors for aFROTC cadets. Scholarship applicants selecting these majors might receive priority in the scholarship selection process.
For all awarded non-technical scholarships cadets will successfully complete either 4 semesters of a single foreign language, or 24 hours of math and physical science before they graduate/commissioncommissionBestowed upon an AFROTC graduate by the President of the United States recognizing them as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. . To "successfully complete" this requirement a cadet must earn a minimum of a "C-"or the institutional equivalent in each course. The decision of whether to complete the foreign language or the math/physical science requirement is the cadet's.
For Scholarship selectees you must have a CGPA of 2.50 or higher for scholarship activation (4-year HSSP selectees activating in the fall term of the freshmen year are exempt from this requirement). Summer terms, while not funded, will be used in calculating CGPA for scholarship eligibility. NOTE: Summer terms may raise or lower CGPA.
We encourage HSSP applicant's to apply and pursue technical and foreign language majors as they are critical to the AF mission. Moreover High School Scholarships technical offers are awarded at approximately 80% rate followed by foreign languages majors. Very few scholarships are awarded for other than foreign language non-technical scholarships. Again, Technical and Foreign Language are the majority of majors that the Air Force is looking for.
Colleges and Your Major
More than 1000 colleges and universities in the continental United States, Puerto Rico and Hawaii offer Air Force ROTC. Be sure the school(s) you select accept you in the academic major(s) you indicate on your scholarship application. By applying early, you will be prepared to accept any scholarship major Air Force ROTC offers.
For example, you are offered an electrical engineering scholarship. To use your scholarship, you must be admitted as an electrical engineering major at a college or university with an Air Force ROTC program, and the school’s electrical engineering program must be Air Force approved.http://www.afrotc.com/college-locator/
Students are expected to graduate from the college or university where they begin their freshman year. A transfer to another university or college is subject to approval by the losing unit commandercommanderThe officer in charge of running an Air Force unit's day-to-day operations. . If a transfer is approved, the scholarship will be capped at the tuition rate of the lower cost school regardless of the scholarship type (for example, if you started at a school with tuition of $5000 per year and then transfer to one with tuition at $12,000 per year, the scholarship is capped at $5000 per year).
Premed, Nursing and Other Medical-Related Majors
If you are applying for one of these majors, you will compete for a nontechnical scholarship. Be advised that if you receive and activate a scholarship in one of these majors, you are not guaranteed that specialty upon commissioning. After you complete your freshman, sophomore or junior year, you must compete on the prehealth, nursing or biomedical science corps designation boards to receive the Air Force designator for that specialty. The designator guarantees you will enter that specialty upon commissioning. If you are not selected on one of these boards, you will retain your scholarship, but you will enter the Air Force as a line officer upon being commissionedcommissionedAppointed by the President of the United States and be accessed into a specialty based on the needs of the Air Force.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN STUDYING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE:
The Air Force places great value in language skills, and many colleges and institutions have been identified as having outstanding foreign language programs. These programs might include a term abroad or other special activities which lead to greater levels of proficiency and success in the language. aFROTC scholarship applicants electing to study the languages listed at the universities given below might be given preference during the scholarship selection process. Please note that for a crosstown university, the student will need to commute to the detachment at the host campus in order to take ROTC classes and participate in related events.
- Arizona State University - Det 025
- Brigham Young University - Det 855
- Georgia Institute of Technology - Det 165
- Indiana University - Det 215
- San Francisco State University - Crosstown of Det 085 (located at University Of California, Berkeley)
- University of Mississippi - Det 430
- University of Oregon - Crosstown of Det 685 (located at Oregon State University)
- University of Hawaii, Manoa - Det 175
- University of Maryland, College Park - Det 330
- Bryn Mawr College - CrosstownCrosstownA school that has an agreement with a nearby AFROTC Detachment of Det 750 (located at Saint Joseph's University)
- Portland State University - Crosstown of Det 695 (located at University Of Portland)
- Texas Tech University, Lubbock - Det 820
- University of California, Los Angeles - Det 055
- University of Wisconsin, Madison - Det 925