ROTC. (photograph by San Francisco Foghorn CC)

Through partnerships with the University of Pittsburgh, Carlow offers access to ROTC programs normally not available at schools of Carlow’s size. Participators in these off-campus ROTC opportunities will be full members of those programs yet still be Carlow students. It’s the best of both worlds, right here at Carlow University.

Army ROTC 

Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During classes, leadership labs, physical training and field training exercises, students will learn first hand what it takes to lead others and conduct missions as an Officer in the United States Army. Upon graduation from ROTC, students will earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant and serve in the Active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

The Army ROTC also offers two-, three- and four-year scholarships to qualified students. The scholarships cover full tuition and fees per year plus $1,200 per year for books. Scholarship students also receive allowances of $2,500 - $4,800 per year. These scholarships are based on student merit, not parent income. There is no obligation incurred for any freshmen students. To become eligible for a scholarship, some of the criteria are as follows:

  • U.S. citizen 
  • Minimum SAT score of 920 on the Critical Reading and Math sections 
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 
  • Good physical health 
  • Full-time student status 

Please visit the Army ROTC at the University of Pittsburgh's website:

For more details and information concerning Army ROTC, contact a representative at 412.624.6254 or at the address below:

Army ROTC, Admissions and Enrollment Offices 
University of Pittsburgh
Room 409 - Bellefield Hall 
315 S. Bellefield Avenue 

Pittsburgh, PA 15260 

Air Force ROTC

Air Force ROTC is a college program offered at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. It prepares you to become an Air Force Officer while earning a college degree. And it gives you the opportunity to get the tuition money you need. But more than that—it’s a challenge, a head start on a lifetime of success, within the Air Force and in everything you choose to do. In Air Force ROTC, you’ll make the most of your college experience. You’ll hone your time-management skills, analytical skills and physical fitness. It won’t be easy. But if you’re up to the challenge, the rewards will last a lifetime.” (

The local AFROTC program is administered by the Department of Aerospace Science at the University of Pittsburgh. This program is available to undergraduate students at fourteen “cross-town” universities via enrollment through agreement with the University of Pittsburgh. Students must have at least six semesters (three full academic years) of school remaining to successfully complete AFROTC graduation requirements. Upon successful completion of university academic and ROTC requirements, students will earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force. 

Students will complete one or two years in the General Military Course (GMC) before competing for an enrollment allocation into a four-week summer leadership training program. After completion of the summer training program, students are enlisted into the Professional Officer Course (POC), where they will take on role leading anywhere from 10-50 of their fellow cadets in weekly activities. Students are under NO contractual obligation to the Air Force until entering the POC or accepting an Air Force scholarship. In addition to the academic portion of the curriculum, each student attends a weekly two-hour, hands-on “laboratory” that tests both their followership and leadership abilities among their peers. This lab is used to practice various leadership and management techniques and groom students into future military leaders. Three and three-and-a-half year scholarships are available to qualified students in certain areas of study. Most AFROTC scholarships cover tui tion plus lab fees, books, plus each scholarship awardee receives a tax-free monthly stipend that ranges between $300-500 per month.

For details about the AFROTC program as well as information on the different courses and scholarships, please utilize the contact information below.

Program contact information: 
Phone: 412.624.6358

As a Carlow student, you can enroll through the Office of the Registrar.