Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)

The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is an officer commissioning program designed as a college elective that focuses on leadership development, management skills, ethics, and strategic planning. Students do not join the military by enrolling in ROTC courses; however, those who complete the ROTC program become commissioned officers.

Ithaca College is under agreement with Cornell University for students who wish to enroll in one of two ROTC programs:

Scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

To enroll in ROTC courses at Cornell as an ROTC cadet:

1. Obtain IC Permission

Please email so we can email you the petition form you need to fill out and sign. Once submitted, the IC ROTC Enrollment at Cornell University form will be routed electronically to collect required approvals/signatures. Once all approvals have been collected, you will receive a confirmation email along with a PDF file of the completed petition. Note that ROTC students must be enrolled in at least 12 ITHACA COLLEGE course credits in order to participate in the ROTC program. They cannot count their ROTC credits as part of those 12 credits.

2. Register at Cornell 

Access and review the Cornell registration information: Click the red “Register online” button IN SECTION 2.B. to register. Be sure to register for courses in the appropriate semester. Class offerings for specific semesters can be found here.

3. Look for email from Cornell

You will receive email communications from Cornell about additional registration steps. ALL required steps provided by Cornell's School of Continuing Education must be completed before your enrollment is complete. If you have questions about Cornell's registration process, please contact Cornell's Office Continuing Education at

4. Submit end of semester transcript request

At the end of the semester, once Cornell grades have been posted, you must submit a request to have an electronic version of your Cornell transcript sent to the Ithaca College Registrar's Office. (There is no cost for electronic transcripts issued by Cornell University.) 

        Mailing address:
        Ithaca College
        Office of the Registrar
        953 Danby Rd.
        Ithaca, NY 14850

After the Registrar's Office receives your Cornell transcript, they will add your ROTC classes to your IC transcript. Be aware that it may take several days for coursework to appear in HomerConnect. 

*IC students who want to enroll in ROTC courses at Cornell, but who are not official ROTC cadets should follow instructions for the IC-CU Exchange Program.

2024 Commissioning Ceremony

The 2024 Commissioning Ceremony for Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps ROTC will be held on Friday, May 24, 2024 on the Cornell University campus.

  • Ceremony 
    • Location: Statler Hall, Auditorium 
    • Time: 9:00am - TBD
  • Reception
    • Location: Statler Hall, Auditorium Lobby
    • Time: TBD

Ithaca College ROTC Contact

Office of Extended Studies
Ithaca College
Peggy Ryan Williams Building - 3rd Floor