Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, California State University at San Bernardino, University of Nebraska – Lincoln and the University of Washington have ROTC programs, as of 2015. The type of ROTC program differs by university, with over 1,000 universities offering a program in one or more military branches.
The Army ROTC program at Rutgers has a joint nursing program in addition to the typical ROTC training. The program at Rutgers participates in annual competitions with other universities and serves as the color guard for select university sporting events. The University of Washington Naval ROTC program provides training for the Navy and Marines. California State University at San Bernardino conducts an Air Force ROTC program in conjunction with the College of Social and Behavioral Science’s Aerospace Studies program, which teaches students military training and a broader aerospace education. The University of Nebraska – Lincoln has a combined unit with three neighboring universities.
ROTC programs from the Army, Air Force and Navy allow college students to receive military training and tuition assistance while completing a college degree. Upon completion of the program, recruits serve as officers within a specific branch of the military. The U.S. Coast Guard offers a separate collegiate preparation program, the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative.