What is Army ROTC?

The mission of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is to recruit, retain, develop and commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army and motivate young people to be better citizens through support of local JROTC programs.

The University of Tampa's Army ROTC program is designed for full-time undergraduate or graduate students seeking an officer commission in the Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

How do I join?

First, you must be accepted to the University (apply online). Campus tours can be scheduled through the ROTC Department or through the Office of Admissions at (888) 646-2738. After acceptance, schedule an interview with the Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) at (813) 258-7200. If you are already an enrolled University of Tampa student, you can visit our office located on the second floor of the General Peter J. Schoomaker ROTC and Athletics Building, located on North B Street/Frederic H. Spaulding Drive.

Why UT?

The University of Tampa is a highly respected medium-sized private university located in the heart of Florida. UT provides students with a rare combination of academic excellence and personalized attention. The University offers more than 200 areas of study through a well-rounded curriculum. UT has been named one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review, which also gives high marks to UT's graduate business programs.

UT is located near downtown Tampa, less than 20 minutes away from the most popular beaches in Florida. Tampa Bay's social scene and nightlife include such attractions as Hyde Park, Ybor City, Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, Adventure Island, Harbour Island, Sunken Gardens, the Salvador Dali and Holocaust museums. We are home to three professional sports teams including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Rays.

How does this program compare?

UT has one of the most outstanding ROTC programs in the nation, offering demonstrated excellence, adventure, challenge, travel, camaraderie and leadership opportunities. Our alumni include three Medal of Honor recipients, former Army generals and distinguished members of the federal and state government.

Two ROTC cadets were awarded the Raytheon Trophy by the Secretary of the Army in 1996 and 2005, distinguishing them as the most outstanding ROTC commissioned graduates in their respective commission years. UT's Army ROTC program is ranked among the highest in the nation. We are the only non-military college with multiple Raytheon Award winners.

Twenty percent of the program's 2011 commissioned graduates achieved the Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) award from Warrior Forge. DMG includes the top 20 percent of all cadets in the nation and is the highest achievement cadets can earn in Army ROTC after the Raytheon Award. The program had the highest DMG selection rate in all of Cadet Command for 2007, which was also the highest rating for 20 programs in the southeast, including colleges and universities in Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

What about scholarships?

The Army ROTC scholarship pays for 100 percent of tuition and fees, a $1,200 per-year book allowance and a stipend of $420 per month. Another excellent reason to choose UT is that the University provides "average" room and board grants to all Army ROTC scholarship recipients. Learn more about UT room and board grants. Best of all, you are being paid to earn your degree while earning a commission.

High school seniors can apply online for scholarships. Active duty Army soldiers can apply for the Green to Gold scholarship at the Army ROTC website Go Army.

What about my job after graduation?

Graduates can request to serve on active duty or in the Army Reserve or National Guard and select from 16 different career choices. If you choose to serve in the Army Reserve or National Guard, we will even assist you in finding a job after college through the Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS). Find out more at www.armypays.com.

Contact Information

The University of Tampa - Army ROTC

Office: (813) 258-7200
Fax: (813) 258-7438
Email: rotcroo@ut.edu