Reserve officer training programs at Boston University offer students who enroll as cadets and midshipmen attractive scholarship support. These can be full-tuition scholarships, depending on the branch of service. The University provides additional need-based assistance for housing and room and board. Academic programs are augmented by service-specific coursework and field training. Successful completion of the academic and military training programs leads to a graduate’s commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant or Ensign.
Assigned military commanders and Boston University staff are careful to explain the obligations of military service that attach to ROTC scholarships and to make clear the deadlines beyond which a decision to opt out of a program will incur a binding financial obligation. At the same time, both military and BU academic personnel are mindful that the demands of ROTC training and subsequent obligatory service provide the basis for successful post-service civilian careers or, as often happens, long-term military careers.