Serve your country. Study at Calvin.

Calvin University is an affiliate of the Army ROTC program at Western Michigan University. This means you can take your full-time class load at Calvin and participate in the WMU ROTC program.

How it works

As a Cadet in the Bronco Battalion, you will earn your bachelor's degree while preparing for a career in the U.S. Army.

  • Complete your normal degree requirements at Calvin while taking ROTC courses at Western Michigan University's Grand Rapids campus
  • Take one-three credit hours per semester in WMU military science and leadership courses
  • Participate in physical training three days per week with other Calvin ROTC cadets

Once you successfully complete your degree and all cadet requirements, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. This commission may include a commitment to serve up to eight years in the U.S. Army. See more detailed information about expectations.

    How to apply

    1. Apply for the national ROTC scholarship by December of your senior year
    2. Apply to Calvin and indicate interest in the ROTC program on your application

    Scholarships and Costs

    The U.S. Army Cadet Command awards approximately 1,800 3-Year Advanced Designee (3AD) college scholarships nationwide. Students selected for 3AD scholarships as freshmen will have their college tuition, fees, and many other expenses covered during years two, three, and four.

    If you are admitted to Calvin and selected as a U.S. Army 3AD scholarship recipient, you will also receive Calvin's 1+3 ROTC award, which pays your Calvin tuition during your first year. This does not include ROTC classes taken at WMU during your first year.

    With Calvin's 1+3 ROTC award, all four years of your college tuition can be covered in full. If you are not awarded a 3AD scholarship, you may qualify for academic scholarships and need-based aid at Calvin.

    ROTC Minimum Requirements

    • Have a 2.5 GPA, with a standardized test score of 19 ACT or 1000 SAT
    • Be a U.S. citizen
    • Pass a medical exam and a physical fitness test
    • Be under age 31 at graduation
    • Have no civil convictions
    • Are willing and able to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army

    Time Requirements

    All cadets participate in physical training, ROTC classes, and a two-hour leadership lab each week.


    Department of Military Science and Leadership
    Western Michigan University
    1903 W Michigan Ave
    Kalamazoo MI 49008-5249 USA
    Phone: (800) WMU-ROTC (968-7682)