University of Washington Naval Reserve Training Corps

Program Overview

The NROTC scholarship provides full tuition and fees at 159 of our nation’s most elite and prestigious colleges and universities.  Our undergraduate majors for Navy option midshipmen are divided into three tiers:

Tier 1 Engineering programs of Navy interest
Tier 2 Other engineering, math and science programs
Tier 3 Foreign language and remaining academic programs

In order to keep pace in this high tech and diverse environment, approximately 85% of Navy Option NROTC scholarships offers will be awarded to students interested in completing a Tier 1 or Tier 2 academic major.  It is recommended that you apply for higher tiers to make your package more competitive.

Learn more about the various paths to becoming an Navy or Marine Corps Officer

High School Junior, Senior, or Graduate

You may start the process of applying during the second semester of your junior year of high school or first semester of your senior year.  Students may apply for only one of the three scholarship program options – Marine Corps, Navy, or Nurse.  Before the application can be finalized and forwarded for selection consideration, you must ensure that a copy of your complete transcript, including your entire junior year, is forwarded to your recruiter.

Selected applicants for the NROTC scholarship program are awarded scholarships through a highly competitive national selection process. The recipient will be commissioned a Naval officer upon graduation and is obligated to a minimum of 5 years active duty in the U.S. Navy. The scholarship recipient will receive full tuition and other financial benefits including an allotment for textbooks, class fees and monthly subsistence at many of the country’s leading colleges and universities. NROTC scholarships do not pay for room and board or personal items such as computers, some universities will offer additional subsidies for scholarship recipients, University of Washington does not.

Apply through the NROTC website

College Freshman or Sophomore/College Programmer

For students that did not receive the 4 year NROTC scholarships at the start of their college career but are still interested in pursuing leadership roles as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps, the Navy also offers a 2-3 year NROTC scholarship and non-subsidized college program.

2-3 Year Scholarship

  • The 2-3 year scholarship program covers tuition, fees, an allotment for textbooks and uniforms plus monthly subsistence for the junior and senior years of college only.  The same basic requirements as the Four-Year National NROTC scholarship with some additional requirements.  Student must have at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) but no more than 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours), must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), must be admitted to or in process of gaining admittance to school affiliated with the NROTC Unit from which they are being nominated.

College Program

  • Applicants for the college program are selected from the students already attending or accepted by colleges or universities with NROTC units.  As a college programmer you will be required to participate in all unit activities and required classes. Uniform items will be provided to you, however, you will not receive any allowances or participate in summer training. College programmers are encouraged to reapply for the scholarship during their freshman and sophomore years. If they are not selected for a scholarship they may be placed on Advanced Standing.  While on Advanced Standing they will receive a monthly stipend and take part in one summer training session, obligated service is a minimum of 3 years. Information about the NROTC college programs can be obtained from any of the NROTC units.
Apply Below for the University of Washington College Program

College Junior or Senior

The Navy offers several other opportunities to become a naval officer. If you are a college student in your junior or senior year, visit the Navy or Marine Corps website to find out about the Direct Input and Officer Candidate School opportunities.

High School Senior or Graduate and Interested  in Nursing

Four-year NROTC scholarships are available to students interested in pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing (BSN). If selected for a scholarship, the selectee must major in a nursing degree program leading to a BSN. Upon graduation, Nurse NROTC Scholarship Program midshipmen will be commissioned as reserve officers in the Navy Nurse Corps. Nurse NROTC eligibility and selection procedures are the same as the regular four-year NROTC Scholarship Program requirements. Academic, physical and military requirements differ slightly from regular NROTC.
The University of Washington NROTC program no longer allows nursing options to attend UW, all UW NROTC nursing options attend Seattle University.

Enlisting into the Marine Corps or Navy - Officer Programs

The Marine Corps and Navy provide opportunities for enlisted Marines and Sailors to become Commissioned Officers. Upon selection, a they will receive PCS orders to their respective university where they will be attached to the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps unit to complete their undergraduate degree. During their tenure as a student, they will continue to receive their respective pay and allowances in accordance with regulations.

Active duty Marines and Sailors have a special admission process for the University. Please call the Admissions Department directly, state your situation, and ask to speak with a staff member who specializes in helping servicemen.

UW Admissions Department

It is important to note that the NROTC unit has no involvement in the application or admissions process to the University of Washington. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to be accepted into the university prior to contacting the NROTC unit for a sponsor.

The National Scholarship Program

Am I Eligible

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Not less than 17 years old by September 1 of year starting college and no more than 23 on December 31 of that year
  • Must not have reached 27th birthday by December 31 of year in which graduation and commissioning are anticipated
  • Be physically and medically qualified by the Navy

4 Year National Navy and Marine Corps ROTC Scholarships

If you are interested in the Navy and Marine Corps ROTC scholarship, you will need to apply via the Navy’s national NROTC website.  Check out the Navy’s site for the most up to date information.

  • Can apply as a high school senior or college freshman
  • Apply online at Navy by January deadline

College Program

College Program midshipmen with more than 30 college credits can apply for a 2 and 3 year
scholarships during their sophomore and junior years.  These “side load” scholarships are not the same
as the National Scholarship, and must be applied for through the NROTC Unit while part of the College
College Program midshipmen with less than 30 college credits can still apply for the National

College Program Scholarship opportunities

Am I Eligible?

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Not less than 17 years old by September 1 of year starting college and no more than 23 on December 31 of that year
  • Must not have reached 27th birthday by December 31 of year in which graduation and commissioning are anticipated
  • Be physically and medically qualified by the Navy

2 or 3 Year Navy and Marine Corps ROTC Scholarships

  • Must be admitted to UW
  • Must have between 45 and 180 quarter credits hours and be within two or three years of estimated graduation
  • Minimum College GPA: 2.5
  • Apply while participating in the College Program or as an unaffiliated student through UW NROTC
  • Applications are due to the unit at UW by May 31st. After application materials are received you will be contacted to schedule an officer interview. Contact for further information on application procedures.
  • For a 2 or 3 Year Marine Corps Scholarship: Contact for further information on application procedures.


  • Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalency certificate
  • Already attending or accepted to UW or Seattle University as a full time student
  • Two or more years of coursework remaining until graduation
  • Minimum College GPA: 2.5
  • Be a U.S. or naturalized citizen or have submitted naturalization papers (must be naturalized prior to entry to Advanced Standing)
  • Not less than 17 years old by September 1 of year starting college and no more than 23 on December 31 of that year
  • Must not have reached 27th birthday by December 31 of year in which graduation and commissioning are anticipated
  • Have no apparent physically disqualifying factors based on a review of the Report of Medical History DD Form 2807-2
  • Have the ability to meet the height/weight requirements
  • Have no felony conviction or conviction by courts-martial
  • Not be awaiting criminal trial or sentencing, be under any other type of military or civil restraint as a result of violation of law or regulation, or have been convicted of an offense the nature of which renders the applicant unfit for commissioned service
  • Be motivated to serve as a commissioned officer in the Naval Service

Application Procedure

  • College Program Application, NSTC 1533/133

  • Unofficial Transcript

    • Submit your high school transcript.
    • If you have completed any college level education, please submit that transcript as well.
  • Degree Completion Plan

    • Fill out the Degree Completion Plan with your entire class schedule for completing a four year degree in your major.
    • Use UW MyPlan to find classes best for completing your major and DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) to ensure your plan meets the requirements for your major.
    • Degree Completion Plan
  • Drug Statement, NSTC 1533/101

  • Drug Statement of Understanding, NSTC 1533-153

    • Read, fill out and sign the Drug Statement of Understanding.
    • You may leave the witnessing official blank.
    • College Program Drug Statement
    • Both the Drug Statement, NSTC 1533/101 AND the Drug Statement of Understanding, NSTC 1533-153 must be filled out.
  • Medical Screening

    • Please fill out and have a health care professional sign the medical screening form: DD 2807-1.
    • Only the last four of social is required.
    • A letter stating you are physically qualified for a military academy or ROTC program may also be accepted instead of the DD 2807-1 form.
    • College Program Medical Screening (DD 2807-1)
  • Applicant Fitness Assessment

    • All applicants are required to complete a fitness assessment. The test can be administered by any physical education instructor, athletics coach, active duty officer, active duty E-7 or above or NJROTC instructor. If you have a copy of your ROTC or Service Academy Fitness Assessment you may submit it in lieu of performing an additional assessment.
    • The test consists of a 1 mile run, crunches and push-ups in the following format:
      Events Start Time Testing Time Rest Total Elapsed Time
      Sit-Ups 0:00 2 minutes 3 minutes 5:00
      Push-Ups 5:00 2 minutes 3 minutes 10:00
      1-Mile Run 15:00 10 minutes 5 minutes* 25:00

      *The 5-minute rest includes the transition time to the outdoor track. If the 1-mile run cannot be started by minute 15, an alternative arrangement for a running surface must be found.

    • You may arrange to come into the unit and have a staff member administer the assessment or you may have anyone that meets the criteria above administer the test.
    • College Program NROTC Applicant Fitness Assessment Procedures
    • College Program NROTC AFA Score Sheet
    • The minimum scores are:
      • Males: 30 crunches, 30 push-ups, 10:00 run
      • Females: 30 crunches, 20 push-ups, 12:00 run
    • The maximum scores are:
      • Males: 95 crunches, 75 push-ups, 5:20 run
      • Females: 95 crunches, 50 push-ups, 6:00 run
  • Submission

    • Applications may be submitted in person, mail to the address below, or via email to

Attn: College Program Officer

Clark Hall

2103 NE Skagit Lane

Box 353840

Seattle, WA 98195-3840

  • Officer Interview
    • Use form below to schedule an officer interview.
    • Please denote if you would like to apply for the College Program Navy Option or Marine Option in the additional information section.
    • All application materials must be submitted prior to the interview, exceptions can be made for the Physical Fitness Assessment if you would like to take that at the unit immediately before or after your interview.
    • Your interview request and application materials must be submitted no later than June 30th for consideration.


Schedule an Officer Interview Form

Interviews will only be conducted between:

Monday – Friday from (8am – 4pm)

Zoom interviews can be conducted depending on circumstances.

Students looking to schedule an officer interview should use the form below. Please specify a preferred date, time and include any additional pertinent information. You must schedule interviews at least a week ahead of time.

    Interview Request type:
    College Program ApplicantInterested Student

    If you are applying to the College Program, have you sent in your application?:

    For College Program Applicants, would you like to schedule a fitness assessment along with your interview?:

    Is there a particular community you are interested in? (You may choose more than one)

    LT Morgan Bingle

    Will be the point of contact after the form is submitted. Please give at least 48 hours for the form to be processed.