NROTC Preparatory Program

Purpose of the NROTC Preparatory Program:

The NROTC Prep Program (NPP) is designed to expand NROTC commissioning opportunities to produce a more capable and representative Naval Officer Corps.  NROTC preparatory scholarship reservations (NPSR) supports that mission by partnering with educational institutions to enhance underserved or disadvantaged scholarship applicants’ moral, mental, and physical foundations to prepare them for success in the NROTC program.

The NPP Year:

NPP students will spend an academic year at Holy Cross College, right across campus from Notre Dame.  Holy Cross College offers outstanding resources that prepare students for the academic rigors of Notre Dame.

The focus of the preparatory year will be strengthening the academic skills required for success in a STEM major at Notre Dame.  These skills include study habits, time management, discipline, and prioritization.  Although full members of the NROTC battalion, NPP students will not take Naval Science courses until their transfer to Notre Dame at the end of the academic year.


University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College will provide tuition, fees, room & board for a one-year NROTC preparation program as Midshipmen Candidates at Holy Cross College. Provided the candidates meet the criteria listed below they will be awarded a National NROTC scholarship to University of Notre Dame at the conclusion of their first year. This NROTC scholarship will provide up to 4 additional years of tuition & fees to attend the University of Notre Dame.

NPP Academic Requirements:

Applicants must meet requirements for the NROTC Scholarship and be highly motivated to excel in their preparatory year.  NPP students must:

  • Pursue a STEM major, Tier 1 or Tier 2
  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • No grade lower than a B
  • At least 15 letter-graded credit hours per semester
  • No satisfactory/unsatisfactory or pass/fail classes will be permitted

NPP Physical Requirements:

Service Obligation:

After the completion of the preparatory year, the NPP Midshipman Candidate will be considered as a four-year NROTC scholarship student.  The service obligation for NROTC Midshipmen is a minimum of five years after commissioning.

Important Dates:

We are now accepting rolling admissions until March 31st.

NROTC Preparatory Program Manager:

LT Cunningham