Life as a Midshipman

The University of Virginia Naval ROTC program offers a college experience unlike any other. Midshipmen at UVA enjoy a traditional college education alongside their training to receive a commission as a United States Navy or Marine Corps officer.

Training includes field exercises, leadership reaction courses, and leadership positions while at UVA. Throughout the semester, midshipmen attend a program two mornings a week, emphasizing professional development and physical fitness.
During summer cruises, midshipmen shadow Sailors and Marines in order to prepare them for their own careers in the fleet.

Additionally, midshipmen attend a three credit course each semester on Naval or Marine Corps education. These courses include navigation, Leadership and Ethics, Ship Systems, and Evolution of Warfare. In total, the weekly commitment averages 10 hours a week, leaving plenty of time for midshipmen to pursue academics and other interests here at UVA.