Information About Joining NROTC

NROTC Berkeley offers a number of different options to become a commissioned officer in the US Navy or US Marine Corps. The different options available are listed below.

  • Acceptance into the NROTC program does not constitute acceptance into the University itself. It is your responsibility to gain admission into the University. Contact University admissions for information on acceptance.
4-Year Scholarship (Navy Option)

Applicants for the 4-Year NROTC scholarship program are awarded positions through a highly competitive national selection process. Upon graduation, the recipient will be a commissioned naval officer and is obligated to a minimum of 5 years active duty for Navy Option Midshipmen, or 4 years active duty for Marine Option Midshipmen. The scholarship recipient will receive full tuition and other financial benefits including class fees, a textbook stipend and a monthly stipend for subsistence. NROTC scholarships do not pay for room and board or personal items such as computers. Applicants for 4 year NROTC scholarships must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be at least 17 years of age by September 1 of the year you are starting college and less than 27 years of age on June 30 of the year in which you are eligible for graduation and commissioned status. An age waiver may be granted for prior active military service, on a month-for-month basis, computed as of 1 September of the year of enrollment in NROTC, provided you will not reach your 30th birthday by 30 June of the year in which graduation and commissioning are anticipated.
  • You must be a high school graduate or possess equivalency certificate by August 1 of the year you are applying.
  • You must have no moral or personal convictions which prevent the bearing of arms in defense of the United States.
  • You must be deemed physically qualified.
  • You must meet minimum SAT test scores of 530 verbal and 520 math or minimum ACT test score of 22 verbal and 21 math.
  • You are also responsible for gaining acceptance to a certified NROTC university. Acceptance does not guarantee assignment to that school, so it is recommended that you apply to at least 3 of your desired universities.
  • Students that have more than 1 year of college credit are not eligible for the 4-year scholarship and should discuss other options with the professor of naval science at the university which they attended.
4-Year Scholarship (Marine Option)

Application eligibility for the NROTC scholarship Marine Option program are the same as Navy 4-year EXCEPT the minimum SAT test scores are 1000 composite or the minimum ACT test scores 22 composite.

2-Year Scholarship

The 2 year scholarship program covers tuition, fees, uniforms plus a textbook stipend and a monthly stipend for subsistence for a maximum of 20 academic months for the junior and senior years of college only. The deadline date is 15 March of the applicant’s sophomore year.

Cross-Town Enrollment

Currently there are three other colleges that are part of the NROTC Unit in Berkeley: Stanford University, University of California Davis, and California Maritime Academy. Once a week, these Midshipmen commute to Berkeley to participate in Leader Development Training (LDT).

College Program

Interested college students can join their Navy ROTC unit through the Two-year or Four-year College Program. Students must join the Four-year College Program prior to the start of their sophomore year, and incur no obligation to the Navy until accepted into advanced standing in their junior year. Additionally, Four-year College Program students can be eligible for three or two-year scholarships.

Scholarship Benefits
  •  Full tuition and fees
  • Textbook stipend
  • Monthly subsistence allowance during each school year

-$250 for freshmen
-$300 for sophomores
-$350 for juniors
-$400 for seniors

Tier System

The Navy is preparing our officer corps of the future to meet the dynamic challenges in the next generation of technology and leadership. In structuring our academic programs to meet these challenges, undergraduate academic majors for NROTC Navy option midshipmen are divided into three categories or tiers: Tier 1 - engineering programs of Navy interest, Tier 2 - other engineering, math and science programs, Tier 3 - Foreign language and remaining academic programs. In order to keep pace in this high tech and diverse environment, approximately 85% of Navy Option NROTC scholarships offers will be awarded to students interested in completing a Tier 1 or Tier 2 academic major.

Tier 1 Academic Majors

Aerospace, Aeronautical, Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Naval Architecture & Marine/Naval Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Ocean Engineering
Systems Engineering

Tier 2 Academic Majors

Agricultural/Biological Engineering & Bioengineering
Architectural Engineering/Architectural Engineering Technologies
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Cell/Cellular Biology & Anatomical Sciences
Ceramic Sciences & Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Programming
Computer Science/Information Technology
Construction Engineering
Electronics & Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
Engineering Science
General Engineering
General Science
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
Mining & Mineral Engineering
Nuclear & Industrial Radiologic Technology
Petroleum Engineering
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Physiology, Pathology & Related Sciences
Polymer/Plastics Engineering
Quantitative Economics
Textile Sciences & Engineering

We realize that some of the academic majors listed above may not match word-for-word the majors offered at each of the more than 150 colleges and universities partnered with NROTC. If you have questions about how a major at a particular school fits into our NROTC academic major tier categories or our language program, please contact the NROTC unit located at that school. Or, you can contact the NROTC scholarship office at

Students interested in pursuing Tier 3 academic majors (all other academic majors not listed in Tier 1 or Tier 2) should examine the opportunities available in the Navy’s Language Skills, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Awareness (LREC) Program.  Annually, the Navy will offer this program to 20 – 30 students. Attainment of a specific level of language proficiency is not required by the NROTC LREC program.

Regions/cultural areas and languages available for study are listed below.  Selected languages and regional/cultural areas must be related.

Regional/Cultural Areas

Central Asia
East Asia/China
Middle/Central/Latin America
Middle East
South Asia
Southeast Asia
Southwest Asia
Russia/Eastern Europe
Foreign Languages
Central Asian Languages

The Navy will activate scholarships upon the satisfactory development of a degree plan with the host NROTC unit and university and upon enrollment in the assigned academic major.  NROTC midshipmen may lose their scholarship if they request a change from Tier 1 or Tier 2 major to a Tier 3 major.  Similarly, Tier 3 LREC majors may lose their scholarship if they depart their course of study prior to graduation.

Academic majors listed in each Tier may vary year to year dependent on the Navy’s requirements, however once accepted into an academic major and Tier, a student’s Tier status will not change.

A student may request a modification from their original academic major. Changing from a Tier 1, Tier 2, or LREC major requires approval from a formal panel and will be based on the needs of the Navy.