Office: Aerospace Studies Air Force ROTC Detachment 045, San Jose State University One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0051
Mail Code: IS 214
Phone: 408-924-2960 / Fax: 408-924-2962
Web Site:
Office: Army ROTC - Santa Clara University, Varsi Hall, 2nd Floor, 232, 500 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA 95053
Phone: 408-554-6840
Web Site:
Office: Naval ROTC, 152 Hearst Gymnasium, Suite 177 University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3640
Phone: 510-725-5862
Web Site:

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

Cross-Enrollment Agreements for ROTC

Stanford has cross-enrollment agreements for the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) with the Navy and Marine Corps ROTC program at the University of California at Berkeley, the Army ROTC program at Santa Clara University, and the Air Force ROTC program at San Jose State University. These agreements allow Stanford students to engage in military training while working on their degrees from Stanford. Courses taken in ROTC programs are offered by and through UC Berkeley, Santa Clara, and San Jose State. Most courses count for academic or activity credit and count toward the 12-unit requirement for full-time registration status and satisfactory academic progress requirements for Stanford undergraduates.

Normally, students who participate in ROTC training complete a four-year course of instruction at the respective institution that consists of two years of basic courses during the freshmen and sophomore years, and an advanced course of instruction during the junior and senior years. Students who accept ROTC scholarships are generally subject to a service obligation, depending on the regulations of the particular service.

Stanford students who are enrolled in ROTC programs under the cross-enrollment agreements are eligible to compete for various scholarships that provide up to full tuition and a monthly stipend. Students normally compete for national scholarships as high school seniors, although current Stanford students may be eligible to enroll in ROTC on a non-scholarship basis. Non-scholarship ROTC students are eligible to compete for scholarships, and individual services may offer additional scholarship programs to current qualifying undergraduate and graduate students. Interested students should contact the appropriate military branch at the host institution to obtain information on these programs and to initiate application procedures.

Students who satisfactorily complete an ROTC program and are awarded a Stanford degree qualify for a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marines, or a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

For additional questions concerning the ROTC programs, Stanford students should consult with one of the host units.

Academic Credit

All three service programs have a mandatory lab course each quarter which carries 1 unit of activity credit for satisfactory completion of work. Although there is no limitation on the number of activity classes in which a student may enroll, no more than 8 units of these activity classes (and/or other university activity classes) may be applied toward undergraduate graduation requirements (see the Undergraduate Degrees and Programs section of this bulletin).

Upper level ROTC academic courses carry two units of credit for satisfactory completion of work and are graded on a credit/no credit basis. No more than 36 units without a letter grade may be applied toward undergraduate graduation requirements (see the Undergraduate Degrees and Programs section of this bulletin).

In addition to enrolling in ROTC courses at their host institution, all ROTC students are to enroll in the corresponding ROTC course at Stanford through Axess.