Air Force ROTC/Aerospace Science

Fordham University is linked by a formal written agreement with Manhattan College and its Air Force ROTC unit. This permits Fordham students to enroll in the Air Force ROTC program at Manhattan College and to be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force upon meeting all program requirements and receiving their bachelor’s degrees.

Fordham students may compete for scholarships as part of this program, covering as few as two years through as many as three and a half years.

Air Force ROTC cadets lead essentially the same campus life as other Fordham undergraduates. They make their own arrangements for college enrollment and room and board, pursue studies leading to the bachelor’s degree, and may take part in any extracurricular activities that do not interfere with their Air Force ROTC requirements. Cadets must wear their uniforms one day per week during the academic year and during professional military training periods: academic classes, official summer programs, summer field training, and base visits. The government furnishes the uniforms. Cadets must conduct themselves professionally at all times when in uniform or when representing Air Force ROTC.

Air Force ROTC classes are held at Manhattan College in the Bronx. Cadets are responsible for arranging transportation.

Those interested in obtaining more information about the Air Force ROTC Program and scholarships should contact:

Unit Admissions Officer, AFROTC Detachment 560
Manhattan College
Leo Engineering Building, Room 246
3825 Corlear Avenue
Riverdale, NY 10463

Phone inquiries to 718-862-7201
E-mail inquiries to
Visit the AFROTC webpage at

Any student may take any academic courses without entering the AFROTC program. Leadership Laboratory is limited to cadets pursuing a commission in the U.S. Air Force. All courses are offered at Manhattan College.

Requirements can be found here:

To receive a commission, a cadet must complete all requirements for a bachelor’s degree in accordance with Fordham University rules and regulations. He or she must also complete certain courses specified by the Air Force. Scholarship cadets must meet additional grade-point requirements. Additionally, the cadet must earn a passing score on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test; pass a physical-fitness test each semester and pass a medical exam; and successfully compete for and complete field training. Contact the detachment for full requirements.

The general academic requirements for a cadet include

  • Major in any field of study leading to a bachelor’s degree
  • Complete the courses or the equivalent in the Aerospace curriculum.