SDSU Presidential Navy Preparatory Program

What is the Navy Preparatory Program?

The NROTC Preparatory Program (NPP) scholarship is a one-year scholarship designed to prepare highly motivated and exceptional students to be successful in the following four-year Navy ROTC scholarship.

Selected students are provided a one-year full scholarship to San Diego State, including tuition, fees, and housing. The scholarship is provided by the President’s Office of SDSU.

Eligible students must be committed to the S.T.E.M. fields of study, which means they enroll and complete one of the Navy’s Tier 1 or Tier 2 majors. 

Upon successful completion of the one-year program, students are automatically granted the 4-year Navy ROTC scholarship. 

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Learn more about the Navy Prep Experience at San Diego State University!

What students will get in the Navy Prep Program at SDSU:

  • Tuition, room & board, (or transportation costs, if commuter),  instructional materials stipend
  • Residence hall placement in the ROTC community
  • Priority registration
  • University seminar class related to major
  • Participation in the SDSU Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program, which provides academic support, community experiences, as well as industry and alumni engagement. (Separate application required.)
  • Weekly earning coaching  to once per week. Learning Coaches.
    • support students with enhancing their study and learning strategies
    • support students with developing effective time management skills
    • personalize learning techniques to students
    • connect students to other discipline-specific learning resources
  • A Coordinated Care Advisor (CCA) who:
    •  is a professional advisor knowledgeable about ROTC experience
    • supports student with registration
    • supports student in learning how to navigate postsecondary education
    • connects student to campus resources
  • Study spaces
  • Association with NROTC unit, including physical fitness training

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Be Part of the Aztec Community


SDSU is alive with possibilities. You can see top performers and musicians at Viejas Arena and the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, work out in modern facilities and meet friends at both campus and nearby restaurants before cheering on our Division 1 athletics teams.

Aztec Nights

Aztec Nights provide late-night entertainment, games and activities for you, your friends and the new friends you will meet.


Eligibility and Completion Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, a Naturalized U.S. Citizen or in process of becoming a Naturalized U.S. Citizen
  • Before starting, successfully complete a Department of Defense (DOD) medical examination and NROTC indoctrination training
  • Not less than 17 years old and not yet 23 by September 1 of the year starting college
  • Must not have reached 27th birthday upon graduation and commissioning
  • Applicants with prior military service may be eligible for age adjustments for amount of time equal to their prior service, on month-by-month basis, for maximum of 36 months, if they will not reach their 29th birthday upon commissioning.
  • Applicants must have no criminal record of military or civilian offenses pending or federal convictions.
  • High school graduation or equivalency certificate by August 1 of year of entrance into four-year Navy ROTC Scholarship program.
  • No moral obligations or personal convictions that prevent conscientious bearing of arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic or to taking an oath to perform such acts.
  • Medically qualified by Navy or Marine Corps standards.
  • You must not have any body piercing or tattoos that violate Navy policy.
  • Be accepted for admission to San Diego State in one of the Tier 1 or Tier 2 Majors. 
  • Successfully complete a Department of Defense medical exam and NROTC indoctrination training
  • Pursue a Tier 1 or Tier 2 major. Read more about these majors by visiting the following websites: College of Engineering and College of Sciences
  • Achieve a 2.8 cumulative GPA each semester 
  • Maintain a minimum of 12 units each semester
  • Pass the Navy’s Physical Fitness Assessment once a semester with a score of “Good Low” or better

Application timeline

*Applicants must apply to both SDSU and the Navy Prep Program

Disclaimer: This timeline is for the NPP program and general SDSU admission to SDSU. Additional deadlines may apply, such as for housing, financial aid, scholarship, etc.

November 30, 2023
Deadline to apply to San Diego State University via the California State University common admission application available on the Cal State Apply website. Select a major from the approved Preparatory Program majors.
*Federal Pell Grant eligibility is heavily considered 

January 15, 2024
Deadline to submit application for the SDSU Prep Program Scholarship. Apply Now

 March 2024
: Attend Navy Prep information session
31st: Deadline to accept offer to SDSU’s Navy Prep program

April 2024
Apply to SDSU’s MESA program

May 1, 2024
Deadline to return the Intent to Enroll at SDSU and other University required documents

Summer 2024
NROTC New Student Indoctrination program at Great Lakes, IL
New Student Orientation at SDSU 

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