Military & Veteran Students

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is an elective military education program hosted by colleges and universities that prepares students to be commissioned as officers in the U.S. Armed Forces.

BW is proud to participate in two crosstown ROTC programs in partnership with John Carroll University (Army ROTC) and Kent State University (Air Force ROTC). Each program offers a unique pathway to commission in their respective branches of service. Students will participate in their academic programs at BW as well as military sciences and ROTC programming at either John Carroll University or Kent State University.

BW students electing to participate in a crosstown ROTC program should follow the directions below for that program. If you have additional questions, please contact Mike Brown, Manager of Veteran and Military Services at Baldwin Wallace.

ROTC Programs in Northeast Ohio

John Carroll University Army ROTC

  1. Apply and be admitted to Baldwin Wallace University.
  2. Contact the JCU Army ROTC representative, Colonel Theresa Bodnar at tbodnar@jcu.edu or by calling (216) 397-4286 to schedule an appointment. Be sure to research scholarship deadlines, enrollment dates, time requirements and location of each program.
  3. Register for classes at Baldwin Wallace University, then complete your John Carroll University Crosstown Registration Form* as well as your Transient Student form* which allows for credit transfer. Submit both completed documents to the BW registrar’s office.
  4. BW students must provide proof of enrollment in the JCU Army ROTC program to the BW financial aid office for the ROTC scholarship.
  5. Students may also apply for other need-based financial assistance by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as receive any additional external scholarships.
  6. Communicate often with your ROTC program cadre and other cadets from that program on BW's campus.
  7. Plan your transportation to and from John Carroll University prior to the start of the semester to ensure you can participate as needed.
  8. After course completion, students should request an official transcript be sent to BW from JCU in order to receive credit for each course.

Learn more information about the John Carroll Army ROTC program.

Kent State University Air Force ROTC

  1. Apply and be admitted to Baldwin Wallace University.
  2. Contact the KSU AFROTC representative Cynthia Smith at csmit121@kent.edu or by phone calling (330) 672-8218 to schedule an appointment. Be sure to research scholarship deadlines, enrollment dates, time requirements and location of each program.
  3. Register for classes at Baldwin Wallace University, then complete your Kent State Crosstown Registration form* as well as your Transient Student Form* which allows for credit transfer. Submit both completed documents to the BW registrar’s office.
  4. BW students must provide proof of enrollment in the KSU Air Force ROTC program to the BW financial aid office for the ROTC scholarship.
  5. Students may also apply for other need-based financial assistance by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as receive any additional external scholarships.
  6. Communicate often with your ROTC program cadre and other cadets from that program on BW campus.
  7. Plan your transportation to and from Kent State University prior to the start of the semester to ensure you can participate as needed.
  8. After course completion, students should request an official transcript be sent to BW from KSU in order to receive credit for each course.

Learn more information about the Kent State University AFROTC program as well as future cadet enrollment.

*The crosstown registration form and transient student form must be completed each semester with the specific courses taken and submitted to BW Registration and Records. The student will request a transcript at the end of each semester from the institution where they participate in ROTC and return to BW registration and records to receive the appropriate credits.

Baldwin Wallace ROTC Scholarship

Baldwin Wallace University is committed to providing a scholarship that assists with room and meal costs for any semesters in which the full-time student is an active participant in the ROTC training program. Learn more about BW's ROTC scholarship.