Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Can I participate in NROTC at MIT, Harvard, or Tufts if I do not yet have a NROTC scholarship?

A: Yes. Students may join the Battalion via the College Program, and apply to receive a scholarship before they enter their junior year.

Q: Does acceptance by the NROTC program ensure that I will be able to attend MIT, Harvard, or Tufts?

A: No. College admissions are an entirely separate process from NROTC admissions. In order to join the Battalion, students must apply and gain admittance through the general admissions process of one of our host universities. 

Q: I was awarded a scholarship at a different NROTC unit. Can I transfer the scholarship to MIT, Harvard, or Tufts?

A: Possibly. Scholarship placement is handled through NSTC. Contact the NROTC Unit Placement Office for further information.

Q: Are Naval ROTC and Marine Corps ROTC separate programs?

A: No. The Old Ironsides Battalion includes Marine Option and Navy Option midshipmen. They are integrated into the same command structure, participate in the same Leadership Labs, take many of the same Naval Science classes, and participate in extracurricular military activities together. However, Marine Option midshipmen have additional requirements, most notably participation in the Semper Fidelis Society - a Marine Corps - specific leadership development and physical fitness program in which interested Navy Option midshipmen are also welcome to participate. 

Life in the Battalion

Q: Can I participate in extracurricular activities such as sports teams, student groups, or Greek organizations?

A: Yes. The student Battalion Commanders in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, and Spring 2014 were four-year varsity athletes. Many members of the battalion have served as fraternity presidents or student organization leaders. NROTC encourages participation in the school community. 

Q: Do NROTC commitments conflict with academic requirements?

A: Almost never. NROTC operations are most often scheduled in the early morning, so as to avoid interfering with students' academic requirements. Our priority is to ensure that you are able to graduate and be commissioned on-time as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps.

Q: Can I study abroad?

A: Yes. In fact, NROTC may be able to fund certain study-abroad semester or summer programs, such as Project GO. Planning is key to ensure it is possible to study abroad while graduating on-time; be sure to inform your NROTC advisor as early as possible if you have interest in studying abroad.