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Reserve Officers' Training Corps Programs

Air Force, Army and Naval ROTC

Our faculty and staff are committed to maintaining the most elite ROTC programs to qualify students for commission in the United States Air Force, Space Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.  The legacy of success among Trojan ROTC graduates is unparalleled, with more than 200 notable USC ROTC alumni making the ranks of general officer or senior civilian in the Department of Defense.

Scholarships are available through the Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC and Naval ROTC.

ROTC at USC Price

The Price School is proud to have USC’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program as part of our School’s exceptional academic offerings. USC’s unbroken partnership with the U.S. Military began in 1914 when USC hosted a training school for U.S. Army officers.  USC has hosted Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs since 1940s with unwavering support and a commitment to producing the next generation of leaders. 

Highly decorated military and civilian leaders – including four-star generals, astronauts, Medal of Honor recipients, and officials in the highest levels of government service – chose to attend USC before or after their military service. USC ranks #4 among private research universities in Department of Defense-sponsored research with over $200M in active research grants. USC is 1 of 60 universities nationwide to house all 3 (Air ForceArmy, and Navy) ROTC programs on campus. The legacy of success among Trojan ROTC graduates is unparalleled, with more than 200 notable USC ROTC alumni making the ranks of a flag officer or senior civilian in the Department of Defense.

Since 1984, the ROTC programs have been a part of the Price School’s academic units. The programs are directed and managed by Professor Frank V. Zerunyan, a Price School faculty member who also serves as a University liaison to the USC ROTC program. Each unit is led by an outstanding commanding officer in Lt. Col. Reid Wynans, U.S. Air Force, Lt. Col Christopher Gin, U.S. Army, and Col. Gilbert Juarez, U.S. Marines. With their cadre of officers and enlisted staff, the commanding officers advance the military science curriculum for approximately 300 ROTC students at USC. Our faculty and staff are committed to maintaining the most elite ROTC programs to qualify students for commission in the United States Air Force, Army, and Naval Reserves.

Frank Zerunyan headshot

“It is my distinct honor to oversee this elite ROTC Program at the University of Southern California and as part of the academic units of our distinguished Sol Price School of Public Policy. Our commitment to ROTC is unwavering. We are determined to train and commission officers who will continue to serve their country at the highest levels with great distinction.”

Frank V. Zerunyan,
Professor of the Practice of Governance
Director, Executive Education
Director, and University Liaison to ROTC and Nautical Science Programs

“There is perhaps no higher calling than public service, and public service in defense of our nation is noblest of all. The Price School is proud to be a home to this program.”
Dana Goldman
Dean of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair Leonard D. Schaeffer Director’s Chair
Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Pharmacy, and Economics
AFROT cadets holding up the Fight On sign

“ROTC has enabled me to operate in a driven environment, surrounded by people who are united by a common goal. I leave every training with a sense of accomplishment — with real-life applications for the skills I have acquired.”

C/3C Sophia Cancio
Air Force ROTC Cadet

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Nautical Science Program

The Nautical Science Program at the University of Southern California (USC) offers an academic and experiential approach to navigation and seafaring onboard sailing ships. Classes and at-sea voyages focus on a variety of marine specialties including; advanced navigation, electronics, sailing theory and practice, aerodynamics of sail, hydrodynamics of hulls, and some admiralty law as applicable to piloting. The Nautical Science Program is certificated by the United States Coast Guard for license track students pursuing a Merchant Mariners Masters Credential (USCG Certificate UNIVSC-155). Learn More.