Prospective Cadets

How much is a scholarship from ROTC worth at South Dakota Mines?

Incentive Amount Paid 4 Yr. Total
Full Tuition* $11,860 per year $47,440
Monthly Stipend $420 per month $20,160
Book Allowance $1200 per year $ 5,200
Total   $72,800 

*Calculated based on South Dakota School of Mines and Technology out of state tuition as a full-time student with 15 credits per semester; scholarships cover full tuition and fees.

  • Scholarships are awarded based on the whole person concept (scholar, athlete, leader) with minimum 2.5 Cumulative GPA, 920 SAT, or 19 ACT, medical exam, and other eligibility requirements.
  • Scholarships also require contracting into Army ROTC.

Did you know?

  • You can take the first two years of Army ROTC without an Army ROTC scholarship or commitment to the Army. This course is just like any other elective course.
  • If you do not receive an Army ROTC scholarship while in high school, you can attend South Dakota Mines and apply for an Army ROTC scholarship once you begin your freshman year.
  • You can be in Army ROTC and in the National Guard or Army Reserve.
  • The Army will cover your tuition and fees up to five years for being an engineering major.
  • There are two, three, and four-year scholarships available from ROTC.

    Tuition, Credit, and Equipment

    Military science and leadership courses are tuition free. Books and equipment are provided by the department. Associated fees assessed for all courses do apply. MSL credit may be applied as free electives toward graduation. MSL 101L or MSL 102L may be used to meet physical education requirements of any degree program. Tuition is charged for courses when used to meet physical education requirements. In the traditional four-year program, students enroll in eight consecutive semesters of MSL courses, 2 credit hours each semester the first two years, and 4 credit hours each semester the last two years. Leadership laboratories are offered concurrently with each of the classroom courses.  

    Academic Year Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
    Fall Semester MSL-101 and 101L MSL-201 and 201L MSL-301 and 301L MSL-401 and 401L
    Spring Semester MSL-102 and 102L MSL-202 and 202L MSL-302 and 302L MSL-402 and 402L

    The Advanced Course consists of the last four semesters of the ROTC program. The advanced course is offered to students possessing the potential to become Army officers and who desire to serve as commissioned officers and lead US Army soldiers in the Active Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard. The objective of the advanced course is to select, train, and prepare students for military service. After the junior year of military science, Cadets will complete a 35-day summer training event, with pay and travel expenses covered, to and from Fort Knox, Kentucky to evaluate a cadet's knowledge and leadership qualities before receiving a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. Along with the above courses that are required, military history listed as HIST-460 in the catalog needs to be completed before graduation as well to be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army with a bachelor's degree. For a full listing of these courses, including course descriptions, hours, credits, and prerequisites, please see the South Dakota Mines course catalog.  

    Non-traditional, two-year programs include eligible veterans with prior military service, current members of the US Army Reserve or Army National Guard, and students who have had high school junior ROTC or Civilian Air Patrol experience. A two-year program is available for any student having four academic semesters remaining or enrollment into a South Dakota Mines master's degree program after attending a summer ROTC Leadership Training Course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Participation at the basic course does not carry any commitment to participate in ROTC but it does satisfy the prerequisites necessary to enter the final four semesters of ROTC. Students must additionally complete a course in the following areas to satisfy commissioning requirements: American military history, communications, and computer literacy.

    If you need assistance with course selection, please contact your academic advisor.


    A total of eight years of military service upon graduation can be done in different ways such as: 

    • Serve four years on Active Duty, followed by four years on Reserve Duty (active or inactive Army Reserve or Army National Guard)
    • Serve more than four years on active duty followed by whatever remains of the 8-year obligation on Reserve Duty
    • Serve all eight years on Reserve Duty
    • Serve all eight years on Active Duty

      High School Students


      • Be a US citizen
      • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
      • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
      • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
      • Medically qualified
      • Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT (Math/Verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
      • Meet physical standards
      • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

      Application can be done on the US Army ROTC website here.

      College Students

      It's never too late to join ROTC and become commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. Scholarships can be applied to sophomores just joining ROTC for the first time or those who have been taking both MSL 101 through MSL 202 class the first two years.

      Army ROTC is an elective course that you can take with no obligation to the Army. Just sign up for the 100 Level Military Science Course and Lab.

      Sophomores or Potential Graduate Students: 
      If you haven't taken the first two years of ROTC you can attend the Leaders Training Course (LTC) during the summer for four weeks with pay and finish your final two years of school or grad school. 

      Note: Requirements are the same for students currently enrolled in college as high school students


      • Be a US citizen
      • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
      • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
      • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
      • Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT (Math/Verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
      • Meet physical standards
      • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

      National Guard or Reserve Students

      Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GFRD) is a three year scholarship for cadets wishing to commission in the National Guard or Reserves that guarantees the placement in a reserve component. Cadets will receive full tuition and mandatory fees as well as book allowance, stipends, and drill pay while being in the Simultaneous Membership Program.

      In the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) you participate in both the Guard and your college's ROTC program at the same time. During this two-year course, you'll be paired with and mentored by a unit officer, and get paid to drill once a month with your Guard unit.

      All scholarship types can participate in the SMP.

      SMP Application Process:

      • Contact the South Dakota Mines ROTC for an interview
      • Obtain a letter of acceptance into SMP program from Guard/Reserve Unit Commander
      • Complete the medical qualification exam through Army ROTC
      • Obtain assignment orders from Guard/Reserve Unit into the SMP Program
      • Contract with Army ROTC


      • Be a sophomore in academic standing with a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or higher
      • Accepted by the professor of military science and the unit's Commander
      • Pass the army physical fitness test (APFT)

      The Benefits:

      • Monthly stipend from ROTC
      • Receive commission as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation
      • Maintain the benefits of being in the National Guard or Reserve
      • More leadership experiences outside ROTC
      • Get pay for drill, MGIB (Montgomery GI Bill), stipends, and may receive up to 100% tuition assistance through the National Guard Supplemental Grant (NGSG)

      Contact the ROTC department for more details for applying.

      Prior Service

      Green to Gold Scholarship: 
      This scholarship is for active duty service members who are toward the end of their initial enlistment and wish to become officers in the US Army through ROTC. These scholarships are awarded based on the years of college remaining to complete, four years for those with no college credit, or graduate degrees.

      Click here for more details.


      Army ROTC offers two-, three-, and four-year Nursing scholarships to qualified nursing students. This scholarship guarantees service in the Army Nurse Corps upon graduation and commissioning. South Dakota State University has a nursing program and offers Army ROTC in a partnership with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

      Contact the ROTC department at the South Dakota Mines for more details.