As a freshman or sophomore already on campus at the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, Holy Cross, Bethel, or IUSB, joining ROTC is always an option, and campus-based scholarships are available. Freshmen and sophomore cadets are nominated by the Professor of Military Science based on the following criteria:
- GPA – The minimum GPA to apply for a scholarship is a 2.5. However, a 3.0 or greater GPA demonstrates commitment and seriousness to the program and the academic rigors of college life. Your GPA is the most important factor in determining your status for scholarships within ROTC.
- Physical Fitness – The Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) consists of six events. The ACFT is the basis for a physical fitness comparison in ROTC. Learn more by visiting the Army Combat Fitness Test webpage.
- Aptitude for leadership and military service – Do you have the desire to lead and to be a part of a team in the classroom, during lab, throughout every training exercise, in the community, and with your peers? These are all scholarship awarding considerations. The Fighting Irish cadre assess and review each cadet before, during, and after the scholarship process.
- Extracurricular activities/athletics: Sports and leadership positions during your college career demonstrate the scholar, athlete, leader model of an Army officer and weigh into the scholarship board process.
- Availability – On campus scholarship money is allocated every year and the number of scholarships varies from year to year. Apply early and stay in contact. Let us know if you are interested.
The high price of tuition doesn't have to stand in the way of a great education. A great way to combine the benefits of Notre Dame Army ROTC and being enlisted in the National Guard / Army Reserve is the Simultaneous Membership Program (Power Point, 3MB). This is a program that allows Army National Guard and Army Reserve enlisted members to participate in the Army ROTC Program while completing college. Upon graduation, SMP cadets are commissioned as Army 2nd Lieutenants and can serve on Active Duty, in the Army National Guard, or the Army Reserves in a state of their choosing. For Indiana residents, the financial benefits of being an Army National Guard SMP cadet are incredible.