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2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog 
2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Naval Studies – Naval ROTC (U.S. Navy and Marine Corps)

Contact: LT Ricardo Leyva
Office: CU-Boulder Folsom Stadium, Room 233
Telephone: 303-492-2576
Fax: 303-492-0543
Web site: www.colorado.edu/NROTC
E-mail: Ricardo.leyva@colorado.edu

Mailing Address:
NROTC Recruiting Officer
University of Colorado
374 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0374

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (Air Force, Army, and Navy) programs….. as an officer in the United States Air Force, United States Army, United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. Both the Army ROTC and the Air Force ROTC programs offer two-year and four-year programs with options for undergraduate and graduate students, active duty, and reserve. The Naval ROTC program offers the same, with the exception that there is no support available for graduate students. All offer competitive scholarships and a varying degree of course credit. For more information, contact the ROTC offices on the Boulder or Downtown campus.

At A Glance: Naval Studies (Naval ROTC) 

Naval Studies

U.S. Naval ROTC provides several programs all leading to a commission in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps upon receipt of a baccalaureate degree.

Standard Four-Year Program

Incoming freshmen can receive full tuition funding (8 semesters) for their undergraduate education. This is the “normal” pathway by which students enter the program. Applications need to be completed online via the national NROTC Web site (www.nrotc.navy.mil) well before the student matriculates, typically the January prior to fall admission. Students are highly encouraged to apply early. Scholarships are awarded based on high school GPA, ACT/SAT scores and extracurricular activity levels. Students interested in engineering or nursing degrees may be eligible for up to nine semesters of funding. If interested in nursing, please contact the recruiting officer for more detail.

Two-Year Program

Students can apply for a four-semester scholarship in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Scholarships are awarded based on college GPA, personal interview and recommendation by the NROTC unit. Please contact the recruiting officer for more information.

College Program

The main prerequisite for joining the NROTC unit is that the student is currently admitted to UC Denver. Anyone in this status has a very good chance of being allowed to participate with the NROTC unit in a nonscholarship (a.k.a. college program) status, and to eventually commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. After participating in the NROTC unit in a nonscholarship status for at least one semester, the NROTC unit may recommend that students be considered for a full-tuition scholarship. A scholarship board is held at the end of each semester for these students. Chances for being awarded a full-tuition scholarship for as many as seven semesters are very good if the student has a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher. High school GPA and ACT/SAT scores are not considered in the scholarship selection process. This is a great opportunity for students who either missed the deadline for applying to NROTC, who are already in college or who perhaps didn’t perform well enough in high school to earn a scholarship through the standard four-year program.

NROTC Course Credit

NROTC credit for graduation varies with each college. Students should contact the appropriate college for determination of credit.


The NROTC program is offered through the University of Colorado-Boulder. Students at the UC Denver Downtown Campus may register for NROTC classes through the concurrent registration process. Contact your dean’s office for the appropriate forms. NROTC classes begin with the NAVR prefix.