ROTC, or Military Science, is a four-year program for full-time students pursuing a baccalaureate degree. The program is designed to prepare college graduates for commission as officers in the U.S. Army. Program goals are to strengthen responsibility and integrity and develop leadership skills and the moral courage to apply those skills.
The program is divided into basic courses that are taught to freshmen and sophomores on the Penn College campus. Advance courses are taught to juniors and seniors on the nearby Bucknell University campus. The freshmen and sophomore classes are open to all students regardless of their major and can be typically added to a student’s schedule pass the Penn College’s add/drop dates. Students can add the class by contact the Registrar’s Office. If the addition of the Military Science Class will result in a credit overload (exceeding 18 credits), the student must enroll in the class through the Dean’s office.
Students have the chance to receive a ROTC scholarship that will pay for the student’s tuition and room and board, and students will receive $600 a semester for textbooks and a monthly stipend ranging from $300-500 depending on their academic year. Factors that will dictate if a student is eligible for the scholarship are GPA, physical fitness, community service, and involvement in the Penn College ROTC program.