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Military Leadership


The U.S. Army and Ripon College offer Army ROTC courses that can lead to a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Excellent opportunities, benefits and a variety of careers in the military service are available as a commissioned officer. Students also may apply for graduate study and professional studies such as law, medicine or dentistry prior to commissioning. Qualified cadets in the military science program may compete for ROTC scholarships which, in addition to a subsistence allowance, cover the full cost of tuition, books and fees. Consult the Department of Military Science for further information.

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 Leadership Minor

Ripon College offers a military leadership 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.

Program Spotlight


Kyle Cordas

Captain, Assistant Professor of Military Science

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Requirements for a minor in military leadership: 21 credits including MIL 151, 152, 251 and 252, or for students who have completed basic training or the Leaders Training Course, MIL 301 and 302; CMM 215; one of the following courses: HIS 242, HIS 282, HIS 351, or another history course with department approval; one of the following courses: ANT 110, SOC 110, ECO 211, GLB 112, POL 280, PSC 110, or a third semester foreign languages course; one of the following courses: HIS 362, POL 343 or POL 385.


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty advisor based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty advisor throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

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 28 days of leadership development instruction in the Leader Development Course (LDC) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Participants receive military pay and travel allowances.

Qualified students generally are 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 Department of Military Science.

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

Unique Opportunities

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 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 can I apply for a ROTC scholarship?

To apply for a scholarship, you first will need to create a MY GOARMY account.  After 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 Jan. 10.  All updates are required to be postmarked by Feb. 28.  If you submit an application via the Web, do not submit a hard copy 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.