Department of Military Science

Academics | ROTC

Military Science

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) combines college courses in military science with extracurricular training sessions to develop students to become Army officers. For committed Army ROTC students, upon completion of the program and graduation, cadets are commissioned as a second lieutenant (2LT) in the active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

Enrollment is not limited to students interested in being military officers. Anyone interested in fine-tuning his or her leadership ability may participate in the program during the freshman and sophomore years. Participating in Army ROTC is an invaluable investment into one’s future.

Fox Valley Battalion

The Red Hawk Company is a member of the Fox Valley Battalion which has its headquarters at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Other members of the Fox Valley Battalion include: Lawrence University, Marian University, St. Norbert College, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.


ROTC cadets

Courses & Requirements

ROTC provides continuous development of leadership, time management, and decision-making skills along with programs to refine abilities in public speaking, management, evaluation criteria, and behavior and ethics. You’ll need all of these skills to be successful whether you are a student, involved in civic affairs, or serve as a commissioned officer. Army ROTC provides the fundamentals to deal with the problems in any work environment.

Military Science Minor

Ripon College offers a military science minor, available to all students enrolled at Ripon. It consists of military science classes, history, politics and government, foreign languages and culture courses, and other requirements pertinent to military affairs.

Course Requirements: Military Science


Kentucky: ROTC Leader's Training Course

ROTC Leader’s Training Course

A student who does not complete the basic ROTC courses (normally taken in the first-year and sophomore years) may enter the military science program in the junior year by completing twenty-eight days of leadership development instruction in the Leader Development Course (LDC) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Participants receive military pay and travel allowances.

Qualified students are generally offered a two-year ROTC scholarship covering full tuition, room and board, and book expenses upon completion of LTC. Further information may be obtained from the Military Science department.

Length of program: Please consult with the Military Science Department regarding eligibility, credits, and the application deadline.


Ripon College ROTC Incentive

Army ROTC scholarships are offered for four, three and two years. The four-year scholarships are awarded based on merit to U.S. citizens who enter college as freshmen. The three- and two-year scholarships are awarded to students currently enrolled at a university or college offering the ROTC program. There also are scholarships solely for personnel currently enlisted in the National Guard or Reserves. Ripon College also offers a scholarship for those expressing interest in ROTC.

  • Tuition: $25,170
    • Army ROTC Scholarship Pays $25,170
    • Student/Family Pays $0
  • Room/Board $7,290 ($3,790/$3,480)
    • Ripon College Graham ROTC Scholarship Pays $7,270
    • Books: Army ROTC Scholarship Pays $1,200 Regardless of Actual Cost
    • Student/Family Pays $0
  • Activity Fees: $275
    • Student/Family Pays $275
  • Monthly Cost of Living Stipend Direct to Student (Non-Taxable)
    • Freshman $300, Sophomore $350, Junior $450, Senior $500
  • Total Cost to Student/Family Per Year: $275

A $5,000 ROTC Enhancement Grant ($2,500 per semester) is available to first-year students enrolled in Military Science 151 and 152. This gives first-year students the opportunity to experience ROTC without obligation prior to applying for scholarships.  Application Deadline is February.

Scholarship Qualifications

Scholarship Qualifications and Requirements

To qualify for a four-year Army ROTC Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America. Non-citizens are ineligible for scholarship benefits.
  • Be at least 17 years old before the scholarship becomes effective.
  • Take either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) no later than November of the year you apply for the scholarship.
  • Have good high school grades.
  • Participate in leadership, extracurricular and athletic activities. (Students who hold part-time jobs and do not have time to participate in extracurricular activities will be given substitute credit in these areas based upon the number of hours per week.)
  • Meet required physical standards.

How to Apply

How can I apply for a ROTC scholarship?

To apply for a scholarship, you first will need to create a MY GOARMY account.  Once you create an account, you will be sent to the Log In page.  Use your newly created account information and select the option “ROTC 4-Year Scholarship Application” radio button.  This will direct you straight to the online scholarship application.

Initial Application Deadline is 10 January.  All updates are required to be postmarked by 28 February.  If you submit an application via the web, do not submit a hardcopy application as well!

For further information, call the Ripon College Army ROTC Department at 920-748-8168 or 920-748-8188.

Apply online at the ROTC Scholarship Application on the Web.



Ripon College encourages all students to embrace a Four-Year Career Development Plan. This plan is based on the premise that career planning is a development process that involves learning and decision-making over an extended period of time.

First Year

  • Incoming students are assigned a Faculty Mentor based on their interest area(s). Please see the FACULTY tab under your major area;
  • All Freshman are required to enroll in a First-Year Seminar, which is designed as a transition from high school to college learning, providing an interdisciplinary introduction to the liberal arts and the pursuit of in-depth study;
  • Freshman are encouraged to meet the career development staff early on and complete interest and skills inventories, and self-assessment tools; and,
  • Attend the pre-Fall Break “Major Fest” to explore the various major options and career tracks.

Third Year

  • Assume leadership positions in on-campus clubs and organizations;
  • Participate in mock interviews with the Career Development Office;
  • Attend the Wisconsin Foundation of Independent Colleges Job Fair in February and other relevant career fairs;
  • If relevant, begin to research potential graduate school programs and take the appropriate entrance exam(s);
  • Continue to meet regularly with your Faculty Mentor;
  • Continue to build a solid network and a list of work references, and build your resume;
  • Consider off-campus study: Semester and/or alternative Spring Breaks;
  • Continue to job shadow; and,
  • Gain further career experience associated with your education during the academic year and as part of a summer job or internship.

Second Year

  • Get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, athletic teams and/or intramural sports;
  • Attend the pre-Fall Break “Major Fest” to explore the various major options and career tracks;
  • Declare a major;
  • Meet regularly with your Faculty Mentor or match your interests with a faculty member in your major department. Determine which professors have areas of expertise most similar to your interests. Talk to people in the academic department to find out about faculty research, scholarly, and creative interests;
  • Attend on-campus career workshops;
  • Work with the Career Development Office to create an approved resume;
  • Job shadow people involved in various careers and professions of interest; and,
  • Gain further career experience associated with your education during the academic year and as part of a summer job or internship.

Fourth Year

  • Complete a Senior Capstone/Thesis in your major area(s);
  • Continue to meet regularly with your Faculty Mentor;
  • Perfect your interviewing skills;
  • Expand your existing network of contacts;
  • Finalize your resume and prepare cover letter;
  • Build a credential file in the Career Development Office;
  • Interview with on-campus recruiters;
  • Set-up informational interviews with target companies;
  • If relevant, apply to graduate school programs, and if necessary, re-take entrance exams; and,
  • Practice career goal-setting.