Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country. Make it part of your college curriculum. You'll be investing in a lifetime of career success.

We're Not Just Military Friendly. We're Military Friendlier.

The University of New Haven has a sterling reputation for being military friendly to veterans of our U.S. Armed Forces. That military–friendly reputation extends to ROTC student-cadets who train to be officers in the U.S. Army. In fact, the University of New Haven’s Army ROTC program is the host for schools throughout the area, including Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, Southern Connecticut State University, the University of Bridgeport, UCONN Stamford, and Yale University. Students from these universities share the same program benefits that University of New Haven student-cadets enjoy — military science classes, physical fitness training, leadership labs, and many other activities.

It adds up to our having the highest level of student participation of any ROTC program in the state.

Students in the ROTC program at the University of New Haven entering a helicopter.

The Life-Changing Advantages of ROTC

Army ROTC instruction provides leadership training that enables students to excel in any career field in the military, government, or the private sector. Students learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate, groups, and conduct missions as officers in the U.S. Army.

While participating in normal life as a college student, you’ll jumpstart your Army career with a military science course in addition to your normal class load, along with weekly physical fitness training and meets once-a-week for training exercises in various off-campus locations.

The training is conducted by dedicated cadre instructors who are proven leaders, in alliance with the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. The level of military science courses will increase yearly, starting with one credit in your first-year and increasing to three in your junior and senior years. Many programs accept these as credits toward their chosen degree.

Upon graduation from Army ROTC you will earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and be commissioned into the active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.

Scholarships, of course, are one of the main advantages of the Army ROTC program, and there are several ways to earn them. Learn more at

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  • The ROTC program is designed to train students of any major to be a leader in the military.

    Upon completion of Officer branch training and a first assignment, Army Officers may pursue additional specialized training and postgraduate education opportunities. They will be assigned to advanced leadership positions and to staff positions in upper management. Also, they may develop doctrine, teach military tactics, or serve as advisors.

    Additionally, the leadership training associated with ROTC and the military is valued greatly by United States industry as well as for government service. Industry knows that the responsibility given to officers greatly exceeds that given to their civilian counterparts. Military service is almost a prerequisite for government civil service jobs and service as an officer is best.

    Finally it goes without saying that the skills of leadership learned in ROTC and in the Army enable students to become leaders in their field of study or in their career, as well as in their community and service organizations.

  • The entire ROTC program is aimed towards producing college graduates who can lead from the front and work with others to overcome obstacles and problem solve.

    Every aspect of the program is designed to give cadets real world experiences in leading others. In the first year and sophomore year, ROTC cadets learn the value of teamwork and the strength of concentrated group effort on mission accomplishment. The students are given opportunities to begin developing their leadership skills. All cadets are given opportunities (voluntary) to strengthen their personal character by participating in weapons training, orienteering, rappelling, parachuting, and mountaineering. All cadets learn the value of honesty, integrity and ethics. In the junior year, cadets are given many leadership challenges. They teach classes, lead physical fitness sessions, undertake special projects and run training exercises. At the conclusion of each leadership opportunity the cadet is mentored and critiqued by professional military officers and sergeants. During the senior year the cadets form the staff that runs the cadet program and are personally mentored by the Professor of Military Science.

    By the time a student completes the ROTC program he or she can speak well in public, can take charge when necessary, can get things done through others, and can be counted on to take care of subordinates.

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    In order to qualify for Army ROTC you must meet certain basic requirements.

    To qualify you must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen
    • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
    • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
    • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
    • Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
    • Meet physical standards
    • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

    Your Commitment

    • Serve full time in the army for a minimum of 4 years
    • Selected Cadets may choose to serve part time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career
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    The college Four-Year Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program.

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