The United States Army operates a Military Science and Leadership unit of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Portland. The program is a cooperative effort between the Army and the University. It provides prerequisite leadership training qualifications for students desiring to earn appointments as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army, the United States Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard.
Army ROTC students pursue a University degree in an academic discipline of their choice. Students incur no military service obligation during their first two years of participation, and are not members of the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard unless they are ROTC scholarship winners.
Military Science and Leadership classes are elective courses that use a combination of academics and hands-on training to teach students leadership, responsibility, and teamwork. These classes add management training, practical experience, and personal growth opportunities to a student's university education. First and second-year courses are open to any University student, and participation in ROTC only requires a few hours a week—it won't interfere with a student's required college curriculum.
In addition to on-campus training, Army ROTC offers instruction in adventure training, (i.e., rappelling and orienteering). Cadets may also participate in ROTC's varsity sport, Ranger Challenge, which promotes physical conditioning, military training excellence, and esprit de corps.
The programs offered by ROTC are also designed to complement your college major, not overwhelm it, so you will have plenty of time to take part in the rest of the university experience. The success of the ROTC programs here on The Bluff is reflected in the number of students who participate—more than 200 Air Force and over 120 Army cadets took part in these programs last year.