Naval ROTC is a program which helps Catholic University of America students commission as Navy or Marine Corps Officers within the Active Duty or Reserve Force. Students will conduct their training via the National Capital Navy ROTC Battalion through our consortium partners at George Washington University. Navy ROTC training consists of classroom instruction, morning workouts and field training on selected weekends at area military installations.nrotcpic1.jpg

Naval ROTC only requires four years of participation. Navy ROTC Midshipmen either enter Catholic University of America as a National Scholarship Winner or will have one year to successfully “walk-on” to the program. Graduate Students are ineligible to participate in NROTC.

 For those interested in pursuing the Navy option, all majors are eligible to apply however STEM based Majors stand the best chance of winning scholarships. The following Majors offered at Catholic are listed as “Most Preferred” by the Navy:

  • Aerospace Engineering Concentration within Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

During their time at Catholic University, all NROTC Midshipmen must complete the following courses regardless of academic major:

  • Six credits of Calculus-based Physics
  • Six credits of Calculus
  • Three credits of American Military History or National Security Policy (Also Required for Marine Option Midshipmen)
  • Six credits of English (Also Required for Marine Option Midshipmen)
  • Three credits of Cross-Cultural or Regional Studies

Marine Option Midshipmen do not have preferred majors. However, there is a heavy emphasis on physical fitness for applicants for Marine option Midshipmen.

nrotcpic2.jpgNavy ROTC Midshipmen on scholarship will receive a uniform allowance, a monthly subsistence stipend at the following rate: Freshman – $250, Sophomore – $300, Junior – $350, Senior – $400 and payment of full tuition and fees. Four-year Navy ROTC scholarships will have their room and board covered by University Financial Aid.

Prospective students are encouraged to apply for National Navy ROTC scholarships here.

CUA Students are also able to “walk on” to Navy ROTC without winning a National Navy Scholarship beforehand. Each year, all students interested in participating in NROTC (Scholarship Winners and Walk-Ons) must report to campus prior to the standard Catholic University Freshman Orientation. All students interested in Navy ROTC are encouraged to contact Mr.Curtis R. Addleman, the Executive Director for Military and Veteran Student Services at


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