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Application Process

Students interested in joining the NROTC program may apply for the national 4 year scholarship or join as a College Program student.  Four year scholarship applicants are awarded scholarships to NROTC affiliated schools across the country, and receive full tuition, a stipend for text books, and a subsistence allowance for each academic month.  College Program applicants are selected from students already attending or accepted by colleges with NROTC programs.  College Program students do not receive scholarships, but can join to pursue a career as a Navy or Marine Corps officer, and may have the opportunity to compete for a scholarship at a later date.


High school seniors and college freshmen with less than 30 college semester hours who are not already students in the College Program may be eligible for the NROTC 4 year scholarship.  The NROTC Scholarship application process is independent of the Notre Dame undergraduate admissions process, and you must be awarded both an NROTC scholarship (assigned to Notre Dame) AND be accepted by the University of Notre Dame’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions to join our battalion of midshipmen.  The same applies with respect to our crosstown affiliate institution Saint Mary’s College.To apply for the NROTC 4 Year Scholarship, please visit: NROTC Online Scholarship Application

  • Prospective students should begin the scholarship application process during their junior year of high school.  Students who complete the application early can be notified of their acceptance as early as September of their senior year.
  • The application deadline is midnight (CST) 31 January for applicants seeking the scholarship for the Fall Academic Semester.

For more information on Notre Dame’s admissions process, please visit: Notre Dame Office of Undergraduate Admissions

  • Prospective students with strong application packages should consider applying for Early Action to the University of Notre Dame.  The deadline for Early Action submissions is November 1.  Early Action submissions are usually notified of their admission status within the first two weeks of December.

The Navy is preparing our officer corps to meet the unique and ever-changing challenges of the future.  In structuring our academic programs to meet these challenges, undergraduate academic majors for NROTC Navy option midshipmen are divided into three categories, or tiers:

  • Tier 1 – Engineering programs of Navy interest
  • Tier 2 – Other engineering, math and science programs
  • Tier 3 – Foreign language and remaining academic programs

In order to keep pace in this high tech and diverse environment, approximately 85% of Navy Option NROTC scholarships offers will be awarded to students interested in completing a Tier 1 or Tier 2 academic major. Students interested in pursuing Tier 3 academic majors (all other academic majors not listed in Tier 1 or Tier 2) are encouraged to examine the opportunities available in the Navy’s Language Skills, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Awareness (LREC) Program.  For more information on the tier system and LREC program, please click here.

For more information about the Navy Nursing Option scholarship, please click here.

Click below to see majors and their associated tiers at the University of Notre Dame and our cross-townaffiliate St. Mary’s College:

Because the details of the NROTC scholarship application process change frequently, we recommend visiting the official Naval ROTC Website for detailed and up to date information.  If you have any questions, you can contact the NROTC Notre Dame staff by phone at (877) 636-7682 or via email at nrotc.1@nd.edu with Navy questions and marines.1@nd.edu with Marine Corps questions.


College students with 30 or more semester hours, or students who applied for, but were not awarded a 4 year scholarship, may be eligible to join the Notre Dame NROTC battalion as a College Program Student.  College Program Students do not receive the financial benefits of a 4 year scholarship awardee, but may join the battalion to pursue a commission as a Naval Officer.  College Program Students are fully integrated in the battalion and may be eligible to compete for various other NROTC Scholarships.  Please contact the Notre Dame NROTC unit if you are interested in learning more about this option.