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Join Forces with Concordia University

Join Forces with Concordia University

Yellow Ribbon Program

Eligible veterans of the U.S. armed forces receiving full Chapter 33 benefits can earn an undergraduate degree (through our traditional or adult undergraduate programs) or graduate degree tuition-free from Concordia University, St. Paul. Housing and other fees still apply.

  • Click here for more information on the different types of GI Bills

  • For Minnesota residents and active-duty personnel stationed in Minnesota who have served after 9/11/01
  • Check your ability and apply online
  • In order to receive the MN GI Bill you will first be required to apply for financial aid.
    Visit here to apply for Federal Financial Aid if you have not already done so.

Please contact Concordia's military relations liaison Alan Stage at or 651-641-8805 for more information.

Veterans Resource Center

Get started at Concordia today by visiting our Veterans Resource Center.
Begin the admission application process, apply for benefits, and learn what resources are available to you as a student at Concordia.

Maximize Military Credits: Transfer to Concordia

You can transfer up to 32 military credits to apply toward your bachelor's degree at Concordia. These credits can have been earned in the technical, physical education, math, natural science, oral communication or elective categories. Additional credits can be earned through CLEP, DANTES, civilian work experience portfolio or transferred from other institutions. Obtain a copy of your Military AARTS/SMARTS credits at

Introducing the Concordia University-St. Paul ROTC Partnership

  • Traditional Concordia University students on an ROTC scholarship will receive a free room and board allowance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Army ROTC?
  • Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a program that teaches leadership and military skills which complement and enhance all academic majors. ROTC prepares college students for leadership responsibilities in the United States Army as a commissioned officer.

Who Joins Army ROTC?
  • The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is home to the ROTC Golden Gopher Battalion. Students enrolled at colleges and universities throughout the Twin Cities can participate in Army ROTC. They take regular classes on their home campus and they take ROTC leadership and military training classes on the U of M campus as members of the Golden Gopher Battalion. Concordia University cadets also get involved in student clubs and organizations, such as student government, volunteer groups, religious groups, intramural and varsity sports.

Cadet Life
  • Being a cadet in Army ROTC is challenging, rewarding and fun. Cadets have to manage the demands of early morning physical training, ROTC classes and field exercises, college course work and extracurricular activities. Cadets who meet these challenges will be rewarded with enhanced skills and experience that will serve them well throughout their life. Camaraderie is another bonus. Cadets work side by side to accomplish more as a team than they could ever do as individuals. Joining ROTC is like joining a big family. Over the course of a cadet's career in ROTC he/she will build lifelong relationships with the other cadets they meet in our program.

How Army ROTC Benefits You.
  • You will become a stronger person and a leader, which will help you be successful both during college and after graduation. You'll develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to achieve success in your college studies. You'll acquire leadership skills and credentials that will be sought after by employers when you graduate. And you'll earn opportunities to serve your country as an officer, full-time on active duty or part-time with the National Guard or Army Reserve as you pursue a civilian career.

How Do I Enter the Program?
  • Students who enter their sophomore year may double up on the basic classes or take four weeks of summer training (with pay) to catch up and enter the advanced course. Veterans and students serving in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard may qualify for advanced placement in the program.

What's the Obligation?
  • Introductory courses involve NO obligation as a freshman or sophomore and allow you to experience officer training and opportunities with no military commitment. Once you accept a scholarship or enter the advanced course, you make a commitment to serve as an officer in the active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

The Army ROTC Curriculum

Freshman Year

  • Fall Semester
  • Mil 1101 (1 Credit) Leadership and Personal Development
  • Mil 1103 (1 Credit) Leadership Lab
  • Mil 103 (0 Credits) Leadership Lab for Non U of M

  • Spring Semester
  • Mil 1102 (1 Credit) Leadership in Changing Environments
  • Mil 1104 (1 Credit) Leadership Lab
  • Mil 104 (0 Credits) Lead Lab for Non U of M

Sophomore Year

  • Fall Semester
  • Mil 1201 (2 Credits) Innovation Team Leadership
  • Mil 1203 (1 Credit) Leadership Lab
  • Mil 203 (0 Credits) Lead Lab for Non U of M

  • Spring Semester
  • Mil 1202 (2 Credits) Foundations of Tactical Leadership
  • Mil 1204 (1 Credit) Leadership Lab
  • Mil 204 (0 Credits) Lead Lab for Non U of M

The monthly leadership labs provide an opportunity for cadets to get hands on experience in military leadership, tactical training, and basic soldiering skills such as land navigation.

By the time they graduate all students must take an approved U.S. military history class (typically 3 credits).

Between a cadet's junior and senior year they will attend a 5 week Leadership Development Assessment Course during the summer to be evaluated on their leadership skills learned while in ROTC.