Fisher College students are eligible to take Army ROTC classes through a partnership with Boston University. Fisher College students attend their ROTC classes at Boston University. Boston University houses the Charles River battalion, which is made up of BU, Fisher College, Bentley College, Stonehill College, The University of Massachusetts-Boston, Massachusetts Maritime Institute, Bunker Hill Community College, and Brandeis University.
Students may apply to ROTC in their freshman and sophomore years. Juniors may participate as part of an accelerated program if they attend additional summer training.
During the academic year, students attend class one morning per week. Students also attend weekly Practical Leadership training sessions. Physical fitness sessions are also conducted three times per week. ROTC is a leadership training program whose graduates serve America full-time in the active Army or part-time in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve. ROTC students must be American citizens, in good health, and able to pass a physical exam. A variety of financial programs are available through ROTC.
Students may compete for merit-based two-year, three-year, and four-year scholarships. Scholarships may be used for tuition and fees or for a room and board grant. Additionally, scholarship winners receive an annual book stipend and a tax-free living stipend that increases each year.
In return for these scholarships, students agree to serve on active duty in the Army for four years after graduation. There is also a two-year, three-year, or three-and-a-half-year scholarship that has as its payback part-time duty in the Army National Guard or a two year scholarship for the Army Reserve. Benefits are the same.
Students without a scholarship award may still participate in Army ROTC. They will also receive the living stipend beginning in their junior year. Student may also affiliate with a local Army National Guard unit where they can receive pay, bonuses, free tuition and an annual $4,500 fee rebate. This service is done concurrently with ROTC training and is called the Simultaneous Membership Program.
To find out more about Boston University ROTC, contact 617-353-4025 or firstname.lastname@example.org.