ROTC students

Villanova University’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) provides leadership training and the opportunity to receive full tuition, annual book allotment and monthly stipends.

Students in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) take Military Science elective courses alongside their academic major—providing unrivaled leadership training for success in any career field. Students can enroll in ROTC during their freshman or sophomore year without any obligation. The program is open to anyone with a passion for leadership and provides students with the building blocks to turn that passion into a career as an Army Officer or a civilian career. Available at over 1,100 colleges and universities nationwide, ROTC offers merit-based scholarships that can pay up to the full cost of tuition and open educational opportunities.


Army ROTC is "the smartest college course you can take" because it teaches the skills necessary for success in college and beyond. Students learn to lead and work with others, write and speak effectively, manage their time and become a more disciplined student. ROTC enhances a student’s education by providing both training and experience in leadership and management. It develops self-discipline, responsibility, and confidence—qualities basic to success in the Army or in a civilian career.

It is a challenging program which can lead to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army, Army Reserves or Army National Guard. Participating in ROTC for all four years or for only a single semester, gives students the leadership and management skills for a lifetime.

Army ROTC will make you a better leader.

Following graduation, most Cadets who are commissioned will serve on active duty for a minimum of four years. Those leaving the service after their obligation is fulfilled are often heavily recruited by leading companies in industry for their management experience. Employers know that Army ROTC teaches the leadership and management skills they're looking for in the people they hire and promote. In today’s highly competitive job market, ROTC training can provide a critical edge over other applicants.

ROTC offers tuition scholarships worth up to 100 percent of the cost of tuition and general fees per year. Alternatively, these scholarships may be used towards room and board (up to $10,000/year) in lieu of tuition and fees. These are competitively awarded to the most deserving scholars, athletes and leaders. While the majority of our students are undergraduate students, we are open to graduate students.

In addition to tuition and fees, Scholarship Cadets receive a monthly stipend of $420 while actively participating in the ROTC program, as well as a $1,200 annual book allotment.

ROTC cadets receive hands-on training in rappelling, outdoor survival, first aid, land navigation (map reading), marksmanship, tactics and other basic military skills. Below are just a few of the potential training opportunities available.

The Nurse Summer Training Program introduces students to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and to the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps Officer. Under the supervision of an experienced Army Nurse Corps Officer, cadets will obtain hands-on experience. The one-on-one clinical experience will allow them to hone clinical skills, develop problem-solving techniques and become comfortable with developing professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Healthcare Team.

ROTC offers specialized training, internship opportunities and more.

Keith Karbel
Recruiting Operations Officer

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Conall Dougherty