NROTC UNIT (NROTCU) Vanderbilt University is located on the corner of Edgehill and 19th Avenue South in downtown Nashville, TN across the street from the Vanderbilt Peabody campus. This unit is the host university for Tennessee State University and Belmont University NROTC students.
NROTC emphasizes academic excellence and professional development in preparing our midshipmen for the challenges and demands they will face as junior officers in the fleet. Through a rigorous curriculum consisting of naval science classes, weekly professional labs, and summer training with fleet units around the world, midshipmen acquire the skills and knowledge required to become an Ensign in the United States Navy or Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. With vast support from various organizations and campus resources, the midshipmen at Vanderbilt University are well equipped to succeed.
Midshipmen at Vanderbilt are heavily involved in many activities including color guard, drill team, Semper Fi and Trident societies, community service, and various club and intramural sports such as basketball, soccer, cross country and swimming. Midshipmen also participate in Sail Training and sail small sailboats on Percy Priest Lake. Sail training serves a three-fold function of maintaining the Unit's fleet of sailing boats at Percy Priest Lake, training members of the Midshipman Battalion, and competing in local regattas.
NROTCU Vanderbilt University consists of about 50 midshipmen. Approximately 25% of the midshipmen are female, and 10% of the midshipmen are Marine Option students.
The NROTC Program at Vanderbilt
Challenging academic courses and experience-building events prepare midshipmen for the opportunity to serve their country, receive an education, and begin their career in the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. NROTC develops the ablest leaders possible by building upon the academic strength of Vanderbilt and providing essential military and leadership education.
Students participate in the NROTC unit in either the scholarship program, the college program, or the naval science program. Scholarship students take the prescribed naval science course each semester, participate weekly in naval science lab, and engage in a four-week summer training program after each academic year. The college program is identical to the scholarship program except that students only participate in summer training upon completion of their junior academic year. Any Vanderbilt student may take any or all of the naval science courses without participating in naval science lab or summer training.
Scholarship students receive full tuition, fees, textbooks, uniforms, and a monthly stipend of $250 in their freshman year, increasing by $50 each subsequent year. Vanderbilt also provides scholarship students with a $6,000 per year stipend toward room and board. College program students are provided with uniforms, textbooks for naval science courses, and, upon commencement of their junior year, a monthly stipend of $350 and $400 their senior year.
Naval Science courses cover naval engineering systems, sea power in history, naval weapons systems, navigation, naval operations, leadership, and management. Each class meets three hours per week. In addition, a two and one-half hour naval science lab is conducted each Thursday afternoon.
Scholarships. Students can earn scholarships in several ways. Four-year scholarships are determined by national competition among high school seniors and graduates. Based on the national ranking, students may be awarded a scholarship that covers full tuition. The application process begins as early as the spring semester of the student's junior year, but no later than 1 January of the year prior to admission. College program students can be nominated for three-, two-, and one-year scholarships by the NROTC unit. These nominations are based on the students' academic and military performance at the college level. Sophomores not enrolled in the college program are eligible to apply for the two-year NROTC scholarship. This is a national competition and application is made through the NROTC unit. Those selected will attend a six-week naval orientation program during the summer prior to joining the NROTC unit in their junior year.
Service Obligation. After their freshman year, scholarship students incur a military service obligation of five years of active duty and three years in the inactive ready reserve. College program students incur a four-year active duty commitment upon commencing their junior year.
Summer Training. Prior to their sophomore year, scholarship midshipmen participate in Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID). In each of four weeks, midshipmen are exposed to naval aviation, surface warfare, submarine warfare, and Marine Corps ground operations. Prior to their junior year, scholarship midshipmen serve aboard a U.S. Navy ship or submarine in various locations around the globe for a period of about four weeks. All scholarship and college program midshipmen are required to participate in their first class cruise prior to the final academic year. In lieu of first class cruise, Marine option midshipmen participate in "Bulldog," a six week training course conducted at the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA. Completion of Bulldog is a prerequisite to commissioning as a Second Lieutenant.
Course Credit. During the four-year program, NROTC students are required to complete a maximum of eight courses (24 hours) of naval science. Academic credit awarded varies by school and is outlined below.
College of Arts and Science: NS 231 may be taken for academic credit as professional hours. NS 241 may be taken for academic credit as professional hours by NROTC students; Business Administration 247 (Sociology 247) or Business Administration 248 may be taken in lieu of NS 241. History 131 may be taken as part of the NROTC requirement. All other naval science hours are earned in excess of the 120 hours required for the B.A. or B.S. degree.
School of Engineering. History 131 may be counted as social science elective. Courses NS 121, 231 and 241 may be counted as open electives. Business Administration/Sociology 247 (social science elective), CMST 204, MGRL 185, or ENGM 244 may be substituted for NS 241. Mechanical Engineering 220A or Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 162 with a reading supplement may be substituted for NS 121. Use of electives varies by major.
Peabody College. Courses NS 231 and 241 and History 131 are acceptable as electives. Business Administration/Sociology 247, or Human Resources 1100, 1200, or 2700 may be taken in lieu of NS 241.
Naval Science Courses.
NS 100: Naval Orientation
HIST 131: Sea Power in History
NS 241: Organization and Management
NS 231: Navigation
NS 121: Naval Engineering Systems
NS 130: Naval Weapon Systems
NS 232: Naval Operations
NS 242: Leadership Seminar
The Marine option courses listed below are taught in the fall, rotating on a yearly basis. They are taken in the junior and senior year in lieu of those prescribed above.
NS 231m: Evolution of Warfare
NS 241m: Amphibious Warfare
In addition to Vanderbilt's graduation requirements, Navy midshipmen are required to complete one semester of third world history, one year of college level calculus, and one year of calculus-based physics. Marine option midshipmen are required to take courses in national security policy and American military policy.
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Review basic eligibility requirements and application procedures on the NROTC website, or visit your local Navy recruiter or call 1-800-USA-NAVY. For specific information about NROTC at Vanderbilt University, contact Vandy's recruiting officer at 1-800-288-0118.