How to Apply

Admissions to one of Columbia’s schools does not guarantee acceptance into the NROTC program. Students interested in a career as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps must apply to both.

Information on how to apply to Columbia is available on the web sites of Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of General Studies.

The admissions procedures for the NROTC program depends on the track for which the student applies.

Scholarship Program

Current High School Students interested in applying for the 4-year Navy or Marine Corps Scholarship Program should go to for information about the application process and to begin their application.

College Program

Current Columbia Students can apply to participate in the College Program as long as they are in the first three semesters of study.   High school seniors who miss the January 31st scholarship application deadline and are not fortunate enough to receive scholarships, may also apply for the College Program.  Interested students need to join NROTC no later than their second year.  After that, anyone interested in Navy or Marine Corps commissioned service should contact an officer recruiter regarding Officer Candidate School.

Qualified students should write to for more information on how to apply or call the NROTC Office at 212-851-9959.

STA-21 and MECEP

Active duty personnel within the Navy or Marine Corps should contact the appropriate person within their chain of command to inquire about eligibility requirements and the application process for the Seaman to Admiral – 21 (STA-21) and Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Programs (MECEP).