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ROTC provides the experience in leadership, critical thinking, confidence, and ethics required to serve as military officers. Graduates serve in the Active Army, or can seek commissions in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves.

Middlebury College, in partnership with the University of Vermont Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Program, offers training to motivated college students interested in serving as commissioned officers in the United States Army after graduation.

In addition to Middlebury, UVM’s ROTC program includes the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Castleton State College, Champlain College, and Saint Michael’s College.


Army ROTC is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum.

During classes, leadership labs, physical training and field training exercises, you will learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from college and completion of Army ROTC, you will earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and serve in the Active Army, the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard and become a leader for life.

In Army ROTC you will learn to become a leader—not just a person who gives orders but also a person who leads by example. Being an Officer in the U.S. Army means you’re a counselor, a strategist and a motivator. It’s similar to being a vital manager in any organization. As an Officer, you will lead other Soldiers in all situations and adjust to environments that are always changing. You’ll be driven to achieve success with your team on every mission.

Funding and Transportation

Middlebury can provide limited funding to help students with travel expenses between Middlebury and UVM to participate in ROTC training and classes.

Transportation resources:

  • Zipcars are available to Middlebury students on an hourly and daily rental basis (no overnights). It’s easy to sign up for a Zipcar account.
  • ACTR Bus provides regular bus services in town and also to Burlington the Link bus service. 802-388-1946 or 800-685-RIDE.
  • Vermont Rideshare offers a free, computer-generated list of names, phone numbers, and schedules of people who want to share rides in the area.
  • Jessica’s Vital Transit provides private service as well as van pooling to the Burlington area. 802-349-8833


Middlebury students completing work in the ROTC program at the University of Vermont are eligible to receive up to three credits towards their Middlebury College degree: one academic credit upon completion of the first two years of ROTC classes and one credit upon completion of each of the third and fourth years of ROTC classes.

The credits awarded will be general non-graded credits and will not satisfy any major, minor or distribution requirements. For more information, see the College Handbook.