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. The objective of the program is to prepare men and women for positions of responsibility as officers in the military services. Students do not join the military by enrolling in ROTC courses; however, those who complete the ROTC program become commissioned officers. You may enroll in classes or in programs of two, three, or four years. There are no military obligations for enrolling in ROTC courses. Those students accepted into the advanced program during their sophomore, junior, or senior year may incur an active duty commitment ranging from 4 to 10 years. The commitment varies by program within the two services.

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

  • U.S. Army ROTC
  • U.S. Air Force ROTC

In order to receive credit on the Ithaca College official transcript, an official transcript must be received from Cornell University with the ROTC courses and grades achieved. This information is maintained in the Office of the Registrar at Ithaca College. Scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

Students interested in the US Navy (http://www.ocs.navy.mil/ocs.asp) or Marine Corps (http://www.marines.com/becoming-a-marine/officer-candidates-school) should carefully examine these sites in planning out their career.

Contact Information

Jennifer Wofford, Ph.D
ROTC Coordinator in the Office of Extended Studies
Ithaca College

More information about Army and Air Force ROTC at Ithaca College.