SCHOOLS & 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 up to three majors, but you should only list academic majors you would be willing to pursue.
If you are selected for a scholarship, Air Force ROTC will notify you of the type of scholarship and major of the offer. You must then accept or decline the scholarship offer in that major.
The most highly desired majors for AFROTC cadets are electrical engineering, computer engineering, meteorology, nuclear physics and nuclear engineering. Scholarship applicants selecting these majors might receive priority in the scholarship selection process. We encourage HSSP applicants to apply and pursue technical and foreign language majors, as they are critical to the Air Force's mission. Technical scholarship offers are awarded at a rate of approximately 80 percent, followed by foreign language majors. Very few foreign language nontechnical scholarships are awarded.
For all nontechnical scholarships, cadets must successfully complete either four semesters of a single foreign language or 24 hours of math and physical science (with a minimum grade of C-) before they graduate/commission.
|You can apply for scholarships in the following categories:|
|Technical Majors||Foreign Language Majors||All other majors|
|Architectural Engineering||Chinese, Amoy||Mass Communications|
|Architecture||Chinese, Cantonese||Criminal Justice|
|Astronautical Engineering||Chinese, Mandarin||Criminology|
|Chemistry||Chinese, Wu||Cyberspace Security|
|Computer Science||Japanese||Information Assurance|
|Electrical Engineering||Javanese||Information Security|
|Environmental Engineering||Korean||Information Systems|
|Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences||Persian-Iranian||Political Science|
|Nuclear Physics||Russian||Public Relations|
|Operations Research||Somali||Quantitative Methods|
The above list for “other majors” shows the general categories of approved majors. For a specific list of all approved majors, click here.
COLLEGES AND YOUR MAJOR
Air Force ROTC is offered at over 1,100 colleges and universities in the continental United States, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Be sure the schools you select accept you in the academic majors you indicate on your scholarship application. Apply early so you can be prepared to accept any scholarship major Air Force ROTC offers.
For example, to use an electrical engineering scholarship, you must be admitted into an Air Force–approved electrical engineering program at a college or university with an Air Force ROTC program.
You can browse the majors offered at various colleges with ROTC programs here.
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 unit commander at the school you wish to transfer from. 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 a tuition of $9,000 per year and then transfer to one with a tuition of $15,000 per year, the scholarship remains capped at $9,000 per year).
PRE-MED, NURSING AND OTHER MEDICAL-RELATED MAJORS
If you are applying for one of these majors, you will compete for a nontechnical scholarship. If you receive and activate a scholarship in one of these majors, you are not guaranteed that specialty upon commissioning. You will be required to compete on the designation boards to receive designation in that specialty. The designation 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 be commissioned into the Air Force as a line officer and placed into a specialty based on the needs of the Air Force.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT FOREIGN LANGUAGE MAJORS:
Since the Air Force places great value in language skills, they have identified certain colleges and institutions that have outstanding foreign language programs (due to programs such as study abroad or activities that lead to greater levels of proficiency). Scholarship applicants electing to study the languages listed at the universities below might receive preference during scholarship selection. 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.
- University of Maryland—Det 330
- University of Oklahoma—Det 675
- The University of Texas at Austin—Det 825
- 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)
- The University of Texas—Det 835
- University of Hawaii, Manoa—Det 175
- University of Maryland, College Park—Det 330
- University of Georgia—Det 160
- Bryn Mawr College—Crosstown 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
- Indiana University—Det 215
- Indiana University—Det 215
- The University of Texas at Austin—Det 835
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