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The acronym ROTC stands for the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. Established at IUP in 1950, the ROTC program teaches leadership which students can apply throughout their careers, whether in business, industry, technology, education, the physical sciences, or the humanities. The ultimate goal for an ROTC student is to become a commissioned officer in the United States Army, vested by the authority of the President of the United States.

Eight Military Science (MSLC) classes comprise the ROTC curriculum. Students take one class in each of their eight undergraduate semesters. All Military Science credits count as free electives toward graduation, and students who complete the ROTC program can earn a commission as a second lieutenant and receive placement in one of seventeen professional officer specialties in the U.S. Army, including Adjutant General Corps, Air Defense Artillery, Armor, Aviation, Chemical Corps, Corps of Engineers, Field Artillery, Finance, Infantry, Military Intelligence, Military Police, Medical Service Corps, Nurse Corps, Ordnance Corps, Quartermaster Corps, Signal Corps, and the Transportation Corps.

The ROTC program is divided into two phases: the Basic Course (freshman and sophomore year) and the Advanced Course (junior and senior year). In most cases, students progress through the ROTC program by enrolling in MLSC 101 and 102 as freshmen. By taking MLSC 101 and 102, the student fulfills the university’s three-semester-hour Liberal Studies requirement in Health and Wellness.

Students who continue in the Basic Course by enrolling in MLSC 203 and 204 as sophomores incur no military obligation, but they retain the opportunity to compete for a full-tuition ROTC scholarship. If you decide to enter ROTC as a sophomore, junior, or even as a graduate student, there are options available to you. If you would like to explore these options, please contact us at

Whether you have an ROTC scholarship or not, all students who complete the Basic Course are eligible to enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course. All Advanced Course students receive financial assistance after their contract is approved by U.S. Army Cadet Command.

The mission of IUP ROTC is to educate, train, and inspire cadets.
The Military Science Department at IUP occupies Pierce Hall.
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  • IUP Army ROTC
  • Pierce Hall
    1140 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-7682
  • Toll Free 1-800-IUP-ROTC: 1-800-487-7682
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.