High School Juniors and Seniors
Starting 1 June (of your junior year) the application process opens for the High School Scholarship Program. You have until about 1 December (of your senior year) to apply to compete for an Air Force ROTC scholarship. Start the process by going to www.afrotc.com. If you have missed the deadline to apply you can still enter the program as an incoming freshmen.
Several Prospect Sessions are available to provide you an opportunity to learn about Air Force ROTC opportunities here at Penn State to include High School Scholarship Program details. We offer sessions on the following dates during Spring 18: February 2, 5,9,16,19 & 23, March 2, 14, 19,23 & 30, April 9,13,16,23 & 27. Session will be held at the Detachment in 113 Wagner Building and are open to anyone interested in learning more about ROTC, click here to register for a PSU AFROTC Prospect Session.
If you are planning a Prospective Student Visit at University Park with Penn State we offer corresponding sessions on the following Prospective Student Visit dates during Spring 18: February 2, 5,9,16,19 & 23, March 2, 14, 19,23 & 30, April 9,13,16,23 & 27. Once you have registered for your Prospective Student Visit click here to register for a PSU AFROTC Prospect Session.
If you are scheduled for a Spend a Summer Day Visit there will be an ROTC briefing offered at each of those visits. Plan to join in that session during your visit to learn more about ROTC and meet with our recruiting team.
If you are unable to attend any of these sessions please contact the detachment (814-865-5453) to set up a telephone session with our recruitment officer.
Incoming Freshmen to University Park Campus
To enter the Air Force ROTC program you need to register for AIR 151 when you set your schedule. AIR 151 is a 2.0 credit introductory class and has a 2 hour Leadership Lab attached. You are required to attend class and lab as well as two one hour physical training sessions per week. You are also encouraged to sign up for the New Cadet Orientation Program to hit the ground running. If you have questions, please stop by the ROTC NSO table when you come to UP for your New Student Orientation visit.
Incoming Freshman to Altoona Campus
If you are an accepted student to the Altoona Campus, please visit the New Cadets page for details on registering for AFROTC classes and to sign up for the New Cadet Orientation Program. If you have questions, contact the detachment directly.
Sophomore Students (attending University Park and Altoona campus only)
Our program requires that you have 3 years remaining to earn your degree, so this is the last opportunity to join our program without special approvals. Sophomore students are competing for an enrollment allocation with the current sophomore class, to be competitive a strong GPA (3.0 or higher) is recommended.
To enter the Air Force ROTC program as a sophomore you need to register for AIR 151 and AIR 251, our freshmen and sophomore classes, simultaneously. You will need to contact our Administrative Assistant or call 814-865-5453 to schedule those classes. Both courses are 2.0 credits each and have the same Leadership Lab and Physical Training requirements. You are also encouraged to attend the New Cadet Orientation Program.
There is a two- year commissioning program available for students graduating on or before September 2020. If you have already earned your undergraduate degree and are pursing a masters you are also eligible to enter this program and you can complete as much of your masters program as possible and then complete your degree after entering active duty. If you are interested in the entering the two-year program contact us to learn more.