For students not possessing a 4-year NROTC scholarship there are two NROTC courses of action available:
1. Re-apply for the National NROTC scholarship during the late summer or fall of your Freshman year. Caveats to this option include that you must have less than 30 college credits and you must be enrolled or attempting to gain admission at UMBC. The length of scholarship benefits is predicated upon the student's degree plan. Students will receive scholarship benefits only for the time required to receive their Baccalaureate Degree or 4 years, whichever comes first. If additional benefits are necessary, students may request and, in some cases, be granted fifth-year benefits. We encourage you to register for NSC 100 (Introduction to Naval Science). By enrolling in this class you will receive the majority of the same training that a NROTC Midshipmen would receive
2. Join the UMD NROTC program without a scholarship as a “College Program” option. With this path you will be competing for a “Sideload Scholarship” (i.e. a 2 or 3 year NROTC scholarship) which could be awarded either at the end of either your Freshman or Sophomore year. Please be aware that the number of scholarships is limited. As a result of the limited numbers of Sideload scholarships available, we recommend to remain competitive for Sideload Scholarships that students maintain their GPA above 3.7, score “outstanding” on Navy or Marine Corps physical fitness assessments, and exhibit exemplary military aptitude.