Number of ROTC Appli­cants Con­tinues to Grow

North­eastern University’s recent suc­cess in expanding its mar­keting and recruiting efforts has been mir­rored by its Mil­i­tary Sci­ence Depart­ment, the Lib­erty Bat­talion of Army ROTC. This year, 219 high school stu­dents applied for four-​​year schol­ar­ships from the bat­talion. The pro­gram has seen a 30% increa­sein enrolled Cadets in the past year.

We’ve been awarding about 18 com­mis­sions a year for the past 10 years,” said Lieu­tenant Colonel John McClellan, Pro­fessor of Mil­i­tary Sci­ence. “The Army has chal­lenged us to increase this pro­duc­tion to at least 23, so it is crit­ical that we increase the number of schol­ar­ships awarded at the same rate.”

North­eastern hosts the Lib­erty Bat­talion of the ROTC which encom­passes ten other schools in the area, including Boston Col­lege and Went­worth Insti­tute of Technology.

ROTC scholarship-​​seeking appli­cants love the fact that North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is the Host AROTC,” said Cap­tain Dou­glas Wash­ington, the battalion’s schol­ar­ship officer. “Many of the accepted stu­dents will take advan­tage of the ROTC classes which count toward a minor in leadership.”

Cur­rently, 16 mem­bers of the class of 2012 hold an Army ROTC schol­ar­ship, which includes full tuition and fees and an annual book stipend of $1,200. The schol­ar­ship also includes a monthly living allowance that starts at $300 for freshmen and increases each aca­d­emic year. As fur­ther incen­tive to join Northeastern’s ROTC pro­gram, the uni­ver­sity offers a merit schol­ar­ship, up to an addi­tional $6,300, for every stu­dent which helps to cover a por­tion their room and board.

The schol­ar­ship incen­tive that North­eastern pro­vides has a sig­nif­i­cant impact on an applicant’s deci­sion to come here. There are over 250 pro­grams nation­wide for an appli­cant to choose from and the large number of appli­cants applying to Northeastern’s Lib­erty Bat­talion is tes­ta­ment to its top ranking,” said Cap­tain Washington.

Stu­dents applying to North­eastern for the Army ROTC schol­ar­ship have cre­den­tials very sim­ilar to those who qualify for the honors pro­gram. The typ­ical pro­file is 3.51GPA, 1231 SAT, mul­tiple var­sity let­ters, and sub­stan­tial lead­er­ship expe­ri­ences in their high school, com­mu­ni­ties or work life. “Our assess­ment cri­te­rion is rig­orous and revolves around the key facets of ‘scholar-​​athlete-​​leader,’” added Washington.

Army ROTC schol­ar­ships are valid for almost every under­grad­uate pro­gram as well as many graduate-​​level pro­grams. The depart­ment of Mil­i­tary Sci­ence assigns each Cadet a mentor and tai­lors the student’s aca­d­emic pro­gres­sion to sup­port Northeastern’s expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties and par­tic­i­pa­tion in var­sity ath­letics. “Our stu­dents are among the leaders on this campus” said McClellan. “They have made a com­mit­ment to both aca­d­emic excel­lence as well as ser­vice to the Nation.”

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Samantha Fodrowski at 617–373-5427 or at s.​fodrowski@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.