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The University of Tampa works together with the University of South Florida (USF), U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to provide opportunities for students to become Navy and Marine Corps officers. The program provides valuable leadership experience not found in the classroom.

The mission of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) is to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically. The program teaches the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty and prepares students to become naval officers with the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.

The NROTC unit offers three programs: 1) the Navy-Marine Corps Scholarship Program (four-, three-, or two-year), 2) the NROTC College Program and 3) for enlisted service members, the Seaman-to-Admiral 21 program or the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program.

Upon program completion, graduates become naval officers who serve in aviation squadrons, on surface ships or on nuclear-powered submarines at Navy installations around the world or in one of numerous subspecialties in the Marine Corps.

For more detailed information on the NROTC program, including applicant information and eligibility requirements, visit the USF NROTC webpage, call (813) 974-4789 or email

NROTC Eligibility

  • Be physically qualified
  • Be of good character
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Meet UT admission criteria
  • Meet scholarship age requirements of less than 27 years of age on June 30 of the year an applicant expects to graduate. Applicants with prior or current active duty in the armed forces may be granted age waivers. Those granted age waivers must be less than 30 years of age on June 30 of the year they expect to graduate.
  • Have at least two years remaining in any college program
  • Be approved for participation by the professor of naval science

NROTC Requirements

NROTC students must enroll successively in all courses in the naval science curriculum. Required non-credit Leadership Lab courses are offered only to Naval ROTC midshipmen.

Scholarship midshipmen participate in three multiweek summer training sessions during each of the three summer recesses. During these training sessions, each scholarship student will receive instruction in aviation training, marine combat training, surface warfare and submarine warfare.