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About the Program

The United States Army's Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program at William & Mary provides fundamental intellectual training for the nation's future military officers. Courses in military science are rigorous and aim to develop your understanding of the contemporary operating environment. Upon completion of program requirements, you are commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant and serve in active, reserve or National Guard assignments. Students with previous military service or who have completed courses at another ROTC program may be granted placement credit for the first year and sophomore classes.

The military science curriculum offers credits that can be applied toward an undergraduate degree from William & Mary with or without a commitment to military service and can also be applied towards an interdisciplinary minor in leadership.

What Makes Us Different

  • Students at the Siege of Yorktown

    W&M is one of two ROTC programs in the U.S. with a Campaign Streamer for aiding General Washington in defeating the British.

  • Personalized Military Training & Attention

    Learn on campus where students can be students — not just cadets.

  • 1LT Todd Weaver Club

    Students work together on physical fitness, military proficiency and prepare for training courses.


  • Gold
    Military Friendly Schools
    G.I. Jobs
  • # 17
    Best Alumni Networks
    The Princeton Review 2024
  • # 21
    Best Colleges for Veterans
    U.S. News and World Report

Applied Learning



Even before ROTC existed, William & Mary upheld a leadership tradition in military, politics and business. Many graduates have attained the highest ranks of military leadership. These include President George Washington, Robert Gates '65, L.H.D. '98 (the former Secretary of Defense) and General Winfield Scott (the longest serving general in U.S. military history). Others include General David McKiernan '72, Lieutenant Keith W. Dayton '70 and Lieutenant N. Ross Thompson III '74.

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*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.