University of Maryland
President Lincoln, in 1862, signed the Morrill land Grant Act providing federal support for state colleges to teach agriculture, mechanical arts and military tactics. During the civil war General Ambrose Burnside and 6000 men used the university grounds as a bivouac site.

General Ambrose Burnside

President Lincoln, in 1862, signed the Morrill land Grant Act providing federal support for state colleges to teach agriculture, mechanical arts and military tactics. During the civil war General Ambrose Burnside and 6000 men used the university grounds as a bivouac site.

Maryland's Great History

Military education at the University of Maryland began with the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862, which required universities who were receiving federal aid to teach agriculture, mechanical arts, and military tactics.  When the university opened in 1867, students wore uniforms and drilled for short a time each week.  With the appointments of two military officers to President and Professor of Engineering, the military emphasis on campus increased, and training was increased to two hours a day.

After World War II, the University and the Department of Defense believed that future wars would be fought in the skies with nuclear power, so in 1949 the Army ROTC program left the campus to make room for Air Force ROTC.  After 1949, students who wished to participate in Army ROTC had to travel up to 35 miles from campus to attend programs from Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, or Bowie State University.  Army ROTC returned to the campus in 2001 as a part of the Georgetown Army ROTC program, and by the 2002-2003 school year had separated completely from Georgetown to form the Terrapin Battalion.

Why join Army ROTC at the University of Maryland at College Park?

The University of Maryland at College Park offers Army ROTC as a way to foster leadership and enhance patriotism. The Army ROTC program provides students with the foundation of leadership and management for not only the military but all sectors of industry and government in the world economy. Upon graduation you will be among the few that has a guaranteed job that will pave the way for greater opportunities in the future. With the combination of a top ranked degree and leadership in one the most revered organizations in the world, you will be among the most desired candidates for any position for which you may choose to pursue.

What type of Leadership Opportunities?

UMCP offers many leadership opportunities both during the school year and during summer training such as ROTC Field Training Exercises, Physical Training, Airborne, Air Assault, Leaders Training Course, National Advanced Leaders Camp, Cadet Troop Leadership Training, Mountain and Northern Warfare Schools. Adventure training during FTXs includes land navigation, rifle marksmanship, and rappelling. Another incentive to joining Army ROTC at UMCP includes a small, diverse, cohesive group of students. ROTC has 2, 3 and 4 year merit-based scholarships available.