The University of Denver offers the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AROTC) program through an agreement with the University of Colorado Boulder. This program leads to a commission in the Active Army, National Guard or Army Reserve. Classes take place off site, and can be taken at the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado School of Mines in Golden or Metropolitan State University of Denver on the Auraria campus in downtown Denver.

For more information, please contact Office of the Registrar, at or 303-871-4095.

Interested students may contact the professor of military science at the University of Colorado Boulder at 303-492-6495. For further information, visit the official Army ROTC web page, the Army ROTC Golden Buffalo Battalion web page or email


Students register for AROTC classes listed as RTC1 through regular DU registration, though they are taught on other campuses in the Denver metro area and follow the semester calendar.

Four-Year Program

The standard four-year program consists of two phases:

The basic course, normally completed during the freshman and sophomore years, consists of courses in military science, officer career development, leadership theory and management.

The advanced course coincides with the junior and senior years. Subject areas include leadership techniques, methods of instruction, tactics and unit operations, military law, history, national strategy, and Army policies.

Completion of a four-week Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) in the summer is required prior to commissioning, with attendance at this camp normally between the junior and senior years. Students should check with the Military Science Department at the University of Colorado Boulder about the required courses.

Two-Year Program

The abbreviated two-year program consists of the same courses offered in the advanced course; however, both undergraduate and graduate students may become qualified for this program through successful completion of a four-week summer basic camp.

Students should contact a professor of military science at CU Boulder for specific requirements and options available based on each student's status at the time of program entry.

Students who are veterans of military service or who have participated in Junior ROTC or similar organizations may have a portion or all the basic requirements waived by a professor of military science at CU Boulder.


Students enrolled full time may compete for three-year and two-year scholarships. The scholarships also pay a book allowance of $1,200 per year and a monthly tax-free stipend ranging from $300 to $500.


Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) and Dedicated Army National Guard (ARNG) Scholarships

The GRFD and Dedicated ARNG scholarships are two- and three-year scholarships available for members of the Army Reserve (AR) and Army National Guard (ARNG) who desire a commission in the Reserve Forces. Applicants must join or be members of the AR or ARNG and participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) as a cadet.

Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Students apply for this scholarship during the spring semester of their freshman or sophomore year. To be eligible, a student must have four to five semesters remaining until graduation. Contact the Army ROTC enrollment officer at 303-492-3549 for more information.