Army ROTC courses are among the best leadership development courses that you can take in college. At Ball State University, we offer a 24-credit-hour military science minor that will expand your experience in leadership, military history, field craft, small unit tactics, and confidence. Learn more about how the U.S. Army ROTC program will prepare you for military and civilian careers.

You can take the 100-and 200-level military science courses with no commitment or contract. However, if you become an officer in the U.S. Army, ROTC will provide you premier leadership training, enabling you to command soldiers. ROTC is a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of something bigger than yourself. You will have the opportunity to lead your fellow cadets while learning about yourself and building friendships that will last a lifetime.

Tuition Assistance

Besides scholarships, ROTC offers a tax-free stipend worth up to $500. Also, the program expands Montgomery GI Bill benefits with a GI Bill Kicker.

Simultaneous Membership Program

If you are a member of the Army National Guard or Army Reserve, you will have the opportunity to gain additional leadership experience as part of the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) shadowing a second lieutenant in your local unit and earning cadet/E-5 pay.

"From personal experience, I can tell you that my military service provided numerous opportunities for me to grow as an individual, a professional, and an engaged citizen. Serving one's country is worthy enough a reason to engage in ROTC, but the benefits can go well beyond the satisfaction of selfless service." 

Mitchell Whaley
Dean of the College of Health

Information For High School Students

Now is the time to prepare yourself for college. When we evaluate applicants for ROTC scholarships, we look for character traits and demonstrated leadership, academic, and athletic performance. The most important things you can do is study and achieve good grades, participate as a leader in school and community organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4-H, and develop your physical fitness by participating in varsity athletics, intramural sports, or organized sports.

Information for Ball State Students

First, come by Ball Gym and explore the opportunities in ROTC and talk to the staff and cadets. Second, sign up to take an ROTC military science course and see what it’s all about. Once you experience ROTC, you will see that it’s more than just going to class. ROTC will provide you not only experience and benefits, but a passion to serve, a group to belong to, and an opportunity to lead in the Army.

Scholarship recipients have an 8-year service obligation upon commissioning

  • 2/3/4 years Active/Guard or Reserve
  • 4 years IRR (Inactive Army)

Available scholarships

  •  4-year federal (not counting nurses)
  • 3-year campus based
  • 3.5-year campus based
  • Multiple 2-year scholarships 

What’s covered?

  • Tuition or room and board ($10,000 per year at Ball State)
  • Books ($1,200)
  • Stipend that rises to $500 per month as a senior cadet
  • Monthly tax-free check 

Reserve Duty and National Guard Scholarships

  • 2-year Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD)
  • 3-year Indiana Guard Dedicated Scholarship with drill pay
  • Monthly tax-free stipend