Military Connected Students

ROTC students pose with Otto the Orange

Syracuse University has been providing educational opportunities for military-connected students since 1918. We are grateful for your service and believe we know a thing or two about helping make your transition from duty station to campus as seamless as possible. Whether you are looking to take courses part-time, enroll in one of our traditional degree programs, or are being assigned to one of our military programs, you will find helpful information and contacts below and elsewhere on this website. Please let us know how we can serve you!

Air Force ROTC

Syracuse AFROTC Coin LogoAFROTC is a program designed to train cadets to be commissioned officers in the United States Air Force. Here at SU, we pride ourselves on having a meticulously designed training environment which gives meaning to the Air Force’s core values, fosters good camaraderie among cadets, and produces only the finest Air Force officers.

Why Detachment 535? The choice is simple. No one can offer a wider selection of academic programs and paths to success than Syracuse University or one of our cross town schools below. Nestled in the hills of Central New York, Air Force ROTC at SU is the perfect way to set yourself up for success after graduation. The potential is for more than just a great career, but to do great things alongside even greater people.

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Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

Army ROTC offers a commission as a second lieutenant in either the active Army or Reserve Forces in a variety of career fields including Combat Arms (Aviation, Armor, Artillery, Infantry, or Engineers), Combat Support, and Combat Service Support branches. There are two-, three-, and four-year scholarship programs available. Some cadets choose to join the National Guard or the Army Reserve while in Army ROTC, thus qualifying them for the Montgomery GI Bill benefits, in-state tuition (VANG) and other exciting benefits.

Training with Army ROTC is a new experience every week. Training covers a wide range of skills that are needed to be an Officer in the Army. We do Situational Training Exercises to teach us and practice the different types of offensive operations and tactics used on the battlefield. Rapelling to teach us the proper use of knots and to build confidence in our abilities to rapel. Land Navagation to learn the ins and outs of map reading and navigating the land with just a map and a compass. Combat Water Survival Test to test our abilities in the water during stressful situations. Physical Fitness 3 days a week to make sure our bodies are in top shape to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test. Skiing/Snowboard once a year to give our battalion a little extra cohesivness. We also have a Military Ball and Dining In to bring everyone in the battalion together to have some fun and bond outside of training.

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U.S. Army Signal Center

The School of Information Studies at Syracuse University (iSchool) and the United States Army Signal Center School of Information Technology (SIGCEN) at Fort Gordon formally established an agreement to enable qualified United States Army Signal Center students and graduates to complete master’s degrees at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Learn more

Defense Comptrollers Program

The Defense Comptrollership Program (DCP) represents a unique cooperative endeavor between Syracuse University and the Department of Defense. The program of study provides future comptrollers/resource managers with the conceptual perspective, practical and analytical tools, and management skills required in the increasingly complex, volatile, uncertain, and ambiguous resource management environment. Learn more

Military Visual Journalism

The Newhouse School at Syracuse University is home to two Navy-sponsored programs that teach active-duty sailors photojournalism and broadcast journalism. The sailors enrolled in the Military Photojournalism (MPJ) and Military Motion Media (MMM) programs are serving the U.S. Navy as mass communication specialists. They come to Newhouse for 10 months to learn how to become better storytellers, taking 30 credits of coursework in communications, photojournalism, photography, broadcast and digital journalism, design, sound and documentary production. Learn more

Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism 

A multidisciplinary, university-based center for the study of national and international security and terrorism, the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) offers law and graduate studies and conducts incisive research and timely policy analysis. Part of both Syracuse University’s College of Law and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, INSCT’s collaborative projects and initiatives have shaped law and policy dialogues for more than 10 years. Learn more

Institute for Veterans and Military Families

The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. The IVMF focuses on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement. Some of the programs offered under IVMF include Veterans Career Transition Program, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), Veteran Women Ignite the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE), and Operation Boots to Business. Learn more

Undergraduate Trauma Research Training Program 

This one-year program for undergraduates is designed to improve access to research experiences for groups typically underrepresented in research (namely, veterans) through the creation of a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site. It involves coursework, mentored student-faculty interactions, and the development of a research project. Learn more | Download the UTRT Flyer