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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be on scholarship to be enrolled in Army ROTC?

No, fewer than a third of all incoming freshman are on scholarship and two-thirds of our graduates are on scholarship. This is fairly standard across all ROTC Battalions. 3-, 2-, and 1- year merit based scholarships are awarded annually.

How do I apply for entrance into Army ROTC?

Any student who has been accepted to South Dakota State University (SDSU) may enroll in Army ROTC as long as they participate in all required Army ROTC activities. Army ROTC scholarship applicants will be interviewed and will receive confirmation from the Professor of Military Science that they have indeed been accepted to the Army ROTC program. Non-scholarship students need to simply register for the MSL 100 or 200 level class. As long as a Cadet meets standards they may remain in the Army ROTC program to pursue a commission.

I am in High School when is the Army ROTC Scholarship deadline?

Students apply by October and selections are made continuously thru May 15.

How do I set up a visit to the Army ROTC Program?

Contact the Army ROTC Enrollment officer at 605-688-6151. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 0900-1700. When visiting South Dakota State University also consider conducting a campus tour, attending the Admissions Office Information Session, the academic major you are interested in, and the SDSU Army ROTC Program.

I am in High School, if I visit, may I participate in Army ROTC PT?

Yes, if a prospect visits, he/she may join us for Army ROTC held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 0545.

When is the deadline to apply to South Dakota State University?

Early Decision deadline is November 15th. January 15th is the deadline for high school applicants and March 1st for transfer students.

By enrolling in ROTC, are you joining the Army?

No. Students who enroll in ROTC don't join the Army. They take an ROTC class for which they receive credit. It's considered a college elective.

Is ROTC like "boot camp?"

No. ROTC Cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree.

What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?

Quite simply, leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career.

What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?

Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "live" situations. For instance, an ROTC Cadet might be found leading classmates through adventure training, down a river in a raft, or up a mountain wall.

Is there a military obligation during college?

During the first two years, ROTC Cadets have no military obligation (or the first year in the case of a 4-year scholarship winner).

What is the ROTC course comprised of?

The ROTC program is divided into phases: the Basic Course studies Army history, organization and structure. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout. The Advanced Course concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command.

Does Army ROTC offer scholarships?

Yes. Each year hundreds of students attending colleges nationwide receive ROTC scholarships. ROTC awards them to students studying science, engineering, nursing, business, as well as a variety of other majors.

How much money does ROTC usually award and what does the money go towards?

Scholarships are awarded at different monetary levels. At some schools an ROTC scholarship is worth up to $80,000, which goes towards tuition and educational fees. Also, scholarship winners receive an allowance of up to $1,500 a year.

On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they're awarded on merit. Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government or part-time work.

Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?

No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC. And regardless of whether you're a scholarship winner or not, all ROTC books, supplies and equipment are furnished at no cost to you.

How often are Army ROTC scholarships awarded?

ROTC Scholarships are awarded each semester. There are 2, 2 1/2, 3, 3 1/2, and 4 year scholarships available to qualified applicants. High school applicants compete on a national level for scholarships. The deadline is January 10 for each year. After January 10, applications are accepted at the local level only- directly to our department. The 4 year scholarship window is March of your junior year through January 10 of your senior year in High school. Applicants for campus-based scholarship, please contact our department at 605-688-6151 or by email sdsu.army.rotc@sdstate.edu

How do students benefit from Army ROTC?

In college and after graduation, Cadets find that the training and experience that they have received are assets - whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC instructors stress. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. When Cadets complete the ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.