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Army ROTC is an elective, non-credit curriculum you take along with your required college classes. This allows you to have a normal Wabash student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. The training and leadership opportunities will help you succeed in any competitive environment.

Current high school seniors and Wabash freshmen can learn more about the program from Dean for Enrollment Management Chip Timmons (765-361-6054) or Paul Heslin, Purdue’s Army ROTC Enrollment Officer (765-494-2106). Program applications can be found here.

ROTC Benefits

The program will provide up to three scholarships for entering Wabash freshmen each year who are chosen by the Army to participate in the ROTC program. The scholarships will cover the full cost of tuition and on-campus room and board at Wabash, as well as all costs associated with ROTC courses. The value for four-year participants is in excess of $240,000. Up to five additional freshmen selected for the ROTC program will receive a Wabash ROTC Scholarship and on-campus room and board their first year. Students who continue in the program will receive full-ride scholarships for their remaining three years at the College.

Wabash students who are chosen for the program will live on the Wabash campus and participate in the full range of activities and intercollegiate athletics the College provides. They will take leadership and officer training courses through the Army at Purdue’s nearby West Lafayette campus.

Scholarship recipients also receive a book allowance of $600 per semester and a monthly $420 tax-free stipend during each school year. After graduation you will begin your military service in a career path which you will decide while you are still a student. Some summer training is required.

Lateral Entry

First and second year Wabash students who become interested in the program during their first three semesters after enrollment can explore “lateral entry” into the program. Lateral entry sessions are hosted at Wabash College every semester in advance of course registration. Contact Paul Heslin, Purdue’s Army ROTC Enrollment Officer, or Wabash College Associate Dean and Registrar Jon Jump for additional information.


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