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. Complete the IC ROTC Enrollment at Cornell University form. Once submitted, the 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.
  2. Access and review the Cornell registration information: https://sce.cornell.edu/courses/register/credit/visiting. 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. Complete the Bursar Financial Responsibility Agreement. Payment of $25 per course will not be due until you are fully enrolled. At that time, you will be given 2 business days to submit payment via Cashnet
  4. 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 cusce@cornell.edu.
  5. 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

  6. 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.

Ithaca College ROTC Contact

Suzanne Burnham
Ithaca College
Academic Coordinator, Office of the Provost and Extended Studies