Student Involvement

Marist Army ROTC in NY: At a Glance

What is ROTC?

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps is a pre-professional training program that you can take while pursuing a college degree as a full time student. Training includes a weekly lab and class session, as well as three physical training sessions a week. 

ROTC Cadets develop leadership skills, confidence, fitness, and professionalism in our program. Many join for different reasons, such as the desire to serve our country, some enjoy the leadership challenge, and some join to pursue a career in the Army. 

Upon graduation, ROTC Cadets commission into the Army and serve as Second Lieutenants in either the U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard, or as Active Duty Officers. Marist ROTC is an extension of the Fordham University ROTC Program, which you can find more information about here.

Basic Enrollment Criteria

  • Full time student (at least 12 credits/semester)
  • (BA/BS/MA/MS)
  • Cumulative GPA above 2.0
  • Good physical health
  • Leadership potential

How do I get started?

Registering for an Army ROTC course is all it takes to get started. 
For registration details, contact: 

Dave Rogers at or extension 259  

Army ROTC at Marist College is a partnership program with Army ROTC at Fordham University.  Contact information for all Fordham cadre can be found here.

Information for Future Cadets

Both high school and college students have numerous opportunities to experience ROTC. High school students have a chance to get a head start and apply for the scholarship before they graduate, and college students can also join, competing for campus-based scholarships during their time in the program. 

General scholarship information can be found here:

High School Students

High school students can be awarded 3-4 year scholarships that cover the entirety of your choice of tuition or room and board. These scholarships are merit-based and awarded to those who excel scholalistically, physically, and posses leadership potential. 

If you are a high school student, you may apply for the ROTC scholarship if you have completed your junior year and if you are eligible. ROTC is a highly competitive program and it is important that you strive for the best grades and performance in school. Desirable students include those who are achievers in both academics and athletics, and serve in leadership positions. Some requirements of the scholarship are: 

  • Be a US citizen
  • Between the ages 17-26
  • High school GPA of at least 2.5
  • Minimum SAT score of 920 (math/verbal) or ACT score of 19
  • Meet physical standards
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army after college

NOTE: Applying for the Army ROTC scholarship and for admission into Marist College are two separate processes. 

You can start the application process through the Army's ROTC website. Even if you are not selected for a scholarship, you can still enroll in Army ROTC as a college freshman. 

College Students

College students can also be awarded scholarships that fully cover tuition or room and board similar to high school applicants. The difference is that college students will enroll in the Marist ROTC program without a scholarship or contract, and will instead compete for them amongst other students. 

Marist Army ROTC

Military Science is a course of study that is independent of an undergraduate’s major or the school the student attends. The program teaches cadets the leadership skills and knowledge they will need to be commissioned as officers in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.. The four components of the ROTC Program are classroom instruction, leadership labs, field training exercises, and physical fitness training.

Video courtesy of Chris McNamara