St. Bonaventure University

Military Science (Army ROTC)


Whether you're planning a career in the Army or the corporate world, Army ROTC is one of the smartest college courses you can take, and one of the best leadership programs in America.

Smiling ROTC female cadetROTC is a college elective you can try out for up to two years with no obligation. We give you a wide range of experiences while you work toward your degree.

You'll combine classroom time with hands-on experience, learning skills and acquiring leadership traits that are sure to give you an edge over your peers when it comes time to look for a job. Whether it's a military deployment to the Middle East, peacekeeping in Europe, or a boardroom meeting on Wall Street, we'll teach you how to cope with anything life can throw your way.

Introductory courses let you take a look at officer opportunities without obligation. Once you accept a scholarship or enter the final two years, you will make a commitment to serve as an officer on active, reserve, or National Guard duty.

When you commit, you'll be part of Team Seneca, the Southwestern New York ROTC Battalion, joining cadets form Alfred State College, Alfred University, Houghton College, Jamestown Community College, and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. 

Program completion leads to a presidential appointment as a second lieutenant in the United States Armed Forces.

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    ROTC isn't for everyone


    We seek serious students who can make quick, accurate assessments of complex situations, are physically fit, and are ready to lead, and we take only about 15 students each year.

    Leading the best soldiers in the world isn't easy. To be successful in our program you need to be a serious student. How's your GPA? Do you have high test scores? Have you been awarded academic honors in school or on campus? If so, it's a good start to a rewarding ROTC experience.

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    Your life as a ROTC cadet


    Our ROTC cadets are like any other college student. They attend to their studies, belong to clubs and organizations, and are active members of the St. Bonaventure community.

    Unlike the average college student, however, all of our cadets are leaders who wish to make something more of themselves. When not wearing the uniform of an ROTC cadet, our students are serving as class officers, resident assistants, captains of sports teams, or actively serving the community.

    Seneca Battalion cadets have the opportunity to participate in several ROTC extracurricular activities.