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The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a series of elective courses offered at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL), for students attending UWL, Viterbo University, and Winona State University. The program combines college electives in military science with practical leadership training to prepare men and women to become Army officers. ROTC also opens the doors to a variety of exciting careers, extracurricular activities, and advanced military training . Upon successful completion of the Army ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, the Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard.

ROTC at UWL will quickly give you the confidence and self-discipline necessary to progress in your studies with skills no other college course teaches. You will learn how to motivate and lead others, manage complex tasks, and communicate ideas effectively, the same traits prospective employers will be looking for when you graduate. Qualify, and you could get a 2, 3, or 4 year scholarship worth up to $80,000*.

Army Nursing is an integral part of the cadet battalion population. In March 1996, Viterbo University was selected by U.S. Army Cadet Command as one of only forty-one schools nationwide to participate in the Partnership in Nursing Education (PNE) Program. Under provisions of this program, four-year Army Nurse Scholarship winners must attend one of the forty-one designated schools.

ROTC is not a major (although we do have a minor at UWL). It is designed to compliment your regular college courses, not interfere with them. ROTC courses fit right into your regular college schedule. You can enroll in ROTC for the first two years (the "Basic Course") without ANY future military commitment. Once you accept a scholarship or begin your junior year of ROTC (the "Advanced Course"), you make a commitment to serve as an officer in either the Active Army, the Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard upon graduation. The initial active duty obligation is either three or four years.


  • Be a US citizen
  • Be between 17 and 30 years old
  • Be enrolled in college full-time in pursuit of a baccalaureate or advanced degree and have at least 2 years remaining in school, or be sponsored to attend camp by a military junior college (MJC)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (MCJ student must also have a minimum ACT score of 17 or SAT score of 920.)
  • Meet military medical qualification standards
  • Have no civil convictions (unless waiver is approved)
  • Have no more than 3 dependents (unless waiver is approved)

For more information and details contact our scholarship officer.

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