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Academic Tiers for Scholarships


The Navy is preparing our officer corps of the future to meet the dynamic challenges in the next generation of technology and leadership. 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. 

Tier 1 Academic Majors

Aerospace, Aeronautical, Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Naval Architecture & Marine/Naval Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Ocean Engineering
Systems Engineering

Tier 2 Academic Majors

Agricultural/Biological Engineering & Bioengineering
Architectural Engineering/Architectural Engineering Technologies
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Cell/Cellular Biology & Anatomical Sciences
Ceramic Sciences & Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Programming
Computer Science/Info. Tech.
Construction Engineering
Electronics & Comm. Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
Engineering Science


General Engineering
General Science
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
Mining & Mineral Engineering
Nuclear & Industrial Radiologic Technology
Petroleum Engineering
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Physiology, Pathology & Related Sciences
Polymer/Plastics Engineering
Quantitative Economics
Textile Sciences & Engineering

We realize that some of the academic majors listed above may not match word-for-word the majors offered at each of the more than 150 colleges and universities partnered with NROTC. If you have questions about how a major at a particular school fits into our NROTC academic major tier categories or our language program, please contact the NROTC unit (718) 409-7241 or Or, you can contact the NROTC scholarship office at

Students interested in pursuing Tier 3 academic majors (all other academic majors not listed in Tier 1 or Tier 2) should examine the opportunities available in the Navy’s Language Skills, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Awareness (LREC) Program.  Annually, the Navy will offer this program to 20 - 30 students. Attainment of a specific level of language proficiency is not required by the NROTC LREC program.

Regions/cultural areas and languages available for study are listed below.  Selected languages and regional/cultural areas must be related. 

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Regional/Cultural Areas

  1. Sub-Sahara
  2. North Africa
Central Asia
East Asia/China
Middle/Central/Latin America
Middle East
South Asia
Southeast Asia
Southwest Asia
Russia/Eastern Europe

Foreign Languages

Central Asian Lang.




The Navy will activate scholarships upon the satisfactory development of a degree plan with the host NROTC unit and university and upon enrollment in the assigned academic major.  NROTC midshipmen may lose their scholarship if they request a change from Tier 1 or Tier 2 major to a Tier 3 major.  Similarly, Tier 3 LREC majors may lose their scholarship if they depart their course of study prior to graduation.

Academic majors listed in each Tier may vary year to year dependent on the Navy's requirements.

General eligibility requirements for the program are as follows:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be 17 years of age by September 1st of the year starting college and less than 23 years of age on June 30th of that year.  Applicants must not have reached their 27th birthday by June 30th of the year in which college graduation and commissioning are anticipated.  Applicants who have prior active duty military service may be eligible for age adjustments for the amount of time equal to their prior service, on a month-for-month basis, for a maximum of 36 months, provided they do not reach their 30th birthday by June 30th of the year in which graduation and commissioning are anticipated.
  • Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalency certificate (GED) by August 1st of the same year of anticipated entrance into the four-year NROTC Scholarship Program.
  • Be physically qualified by Marine Corps standards.
  • Have no moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent conscientious bearing of arms, and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign, or domestic.
  • Have no criminal record of military or civilian offenses.
  • Apply for and gain admission to an approved NROTC college or university.  Admission to an NROTC institution is not required during the selection process; however, notification of admission must be received before the scholarship can be activated.
  • Achieve a qualifying score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT), or the American College Test (ACT).   The SAT math and critical reading scores must be from the same and most recent test.  Applicants cannot combine their best math and critical reading scores from the SAT to achieve the qualifying score for application. (Marine Corps Option only).

SAT: 1000 Combination of Math and Critical Reading Only
ACT minimum combined score of 22 on the Math and English portions of the test
Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT): 74

  • Students w/ more than 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college credit upon application or students already enrolled in NROTC College Program are not eligible for four-year NROTC Scholarships; these students should see professors of naval science at host university's NROTC unit to discuss other scholarship opportunities

If these academic criteria cannot be met, other opportunities exist for an NROTC scholarship -- please contact your local Marine Recruiter or NROTC Unit.

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