WSU's Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program lets you develop skills to be an effective leader and manage time, people and resources — all while getting a college education. The program offers a wide variety scholarships that allow you to either commission into active duty or into the National Guard or Army Reserves.

Flexible and affordable

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Choose any major

Students entering WSU’s Army ROTC program may select the academic major of their choosing and supplement with a minor in military science
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Scholarships available

A variety of scholarships are offered from Army ROTC and the Kansas National Guard. Scholarships pay 100 percent tuition and fees, or a $5,000 housing stipend per semester.
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Student to officer

If you choose, after graduation, you will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.

 
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Application procedures

1. Visit goarmy.com/rotc

2. Apply to Wichita State and visit the Army ROTC Department to get a briefing on the program.

3. Qualify and be accepted into Army ROTC program.

4. Enroll in Military Science 100 and the 102 lab.

5. Become medically qualified.

6. Pass an Army Physical Fitness Test.

7. Fill out ROTC contract paperwork.

 

Program Details 

Scholarships

A wide variety of four-, three-, and two-year Federal and Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) scholarships are offered from Army ROTC. These scholarships will allow you to either commission into active duty or into the National Guard/Army Reserves. Additional scholarships are available for those pursuing a National Guard commission in the state of Kansas.

The scholarship pays:

  • • 100 percent tuition and fees or $5,000-per-semester housing stipend
  • • Book allowance = $600 per semester
  • • Monthly stipend = $420
  • • KSARNG SMP Cadets get full tuition and fees paid and can also get GRFD scholarships.
Academic requirements

Student requirements for Army ROTC Scholarships:

  • Minimum ACT of 19 required
  • Maintain a full-time student enrollment (enrolled in a Military Science course each semester) of at least 12 hours undergraduate at least 9 hours graduate
  • Maintain a semester cumulative GPA of 2.5 for scholarship
  • Pass a medical examination
  • Pass a physical fitness test
    • Standards, for ages 17-21 are:
      • Push-ups: Male-42 / Female-19
      • Sit-ups: Male-53 / Female-53
      • Two-mile run: Male-15:54 / Female-18:54
  • Be commissioned as an Army 2nd Lieutenant by or at the age of 30 years (waiverable)
  • Become an Army 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation.
    • Your choice of: Active Army, National Guard or Army Reserves
  • Apply for Wichita State University Scholarship.
Service obligation

Federal Scholarship recipients

Your total service obligation will be eight years (the first four years are full time active duty service). The remaining four years, you may elect to continue on active duty or enter the Inactive Ready Reserves, which is part time service.

National Guard and Army Reserves

With a scholarship, your total service obligation will be eight years. Without a scholarship, your service obligation will be six years. While serving you will attend drills one weekend per month and annual training for two weeks each summer.

Non-scholarship recipients

Your total service obligation will be eight years (the first three years are full time active duty service). The remaining five years, you may elect to continue on active duty or enter the Army Reserves, which is part time service.

After graduation

You will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Next, you will go to the Basic Officer Leadership Course, where you will study basic Army knowledge and the functioning of an Army unit. You will go to your first assignment, which can be anywhere in the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Germany or Korea. Your first assignment is determined by evaluating your college performance, ROTC standing and your preferences.

 

Training opportunities

Training opportunities include:

  • CULP (Cultural Understanding & Language Program) • Airborne, Air Assault & Mountain Warfare Schools
  • Project GO
  • Go Ruck
  • Bataan Memorial Death March
  • Army 10 miler
  • Nurse Summer Training Program
  • Ranger Buddy
  • Civilian Internship Opportunities
  • Ranger Challenge 
Gross salary after graduation 

Full-time Active Duty

Time on Active Duty Rank Gross Salary
1st Year 2nd Lieutenant
$54,000
18 months 1st Lieutenant $68,000
39 months Captain $85,000
10th Year Major $110,118
16th Year Lieutenant Colonel $131,680

Part-Time after Graduation (National Guard/Army Reserves)

Time on Active Duty Rank Pay
1st Year 2nd Lieutenant
$487.16
18 months 2nd/1st Lieutenant $507.00
39 months 1st Lieutenant $736.26
10th Year Captain $866.56
16th Year Major $1,105.55
20th Year Lieutenant Colonel $1,412.30
Tuition / room and board cost comparison

KSU - $19,600

KU - $18,700

WSU - $18,200

* Full meal plan (7-day access) Annual Tuition & Fees (2 semesters)