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Veterans, Military, and Families

As one of the premier military friendly Colleges in New York State, SUNY Canton offers many excellent opportunities for soldiers, veterans, and their families.

Military personnel are attracted to the College’s career-driven bachelor’s or associate degrees.

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Yellow Ribbon Program logoSUNY Canton’s programs are offered in a variety of flexible formats to accommodate almost anyone’s schedule, including online courses through SUNY Canton OnLine. Military personnel have enrolled from all over the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

» Benefits for Military & Veteran Students

» Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Academic Credit for Military Experience and Prior Education

  • Service members may be eligible to receive college credits for military learning experiences based on an approved list of course equivalencies from the American Council on Education.
  • In order to have your military transcripts evaluated, please utilize the JOINT SERVICE TRANSCRIPT (Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps & Navy) or CCAF Transcript (Air Force) and have your transcripts sent to the SUNY Canton Admissions office.

NAVPA Member InstitutionOther possibilities include:

  • Prior college credit transfer equivalencies
  • CLEP and credit by SUNY Canton Proficiency Exams
  • Prior Learning/Life Experience Credit

For more information regarding life experience credit, please contact SUNY Canton Office of Admissions at 315-386-7123.

Veterans Association

Student Veterans Assocation logoAn official chapter of the Student Veterans of America, the Veterans Association aims to assist veterans in any way possible both on campus and in the local community. This group is open to veterans from all generations and branches of service and is open to community members. For more information, contact Patrick Massaro, massarop@canton.edu.

Military Programs

Concurrent Admissions Program (CON AP)

The Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP) is a partnership between the Army Recruiting Command and over 1,900 participating colleges to mutually advance the goals of lifelong learning and post-secondary education for Future Soldiers. Concurrent with their enlistment in the Army, new soldiers are encouraged to apply for admission to SUNY Canton. Upon meeting satisfactory criteria for full or provisional admission, the soldier will be allowed to defer admission until completion of military service.

After completing a two-, three-, or four-year enlistment, the new veteran will be encouraged to enroll at SUNY Canton. This program also applies to soldiers enlisting in the Army Reserve.

Those interested in the CON AP program are encouraged to contact the SUNY Canton Coordinator of Veterans and Military Services.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)

Aerospace Studies

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) at Clarkson University, Potsdam, is offered to SUNY Canton students who can enroll through a cross registration agreement. This program allows students to accomplish their military officer training while concurrently satisfying undergraduate requirements, resulting in a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force upon graduation. Any student who has a minimum of three years left towards their baccalaureate degree, is of good moral character, is a U.S. citizen, and meets academic and physical requirements is eligible to participate with no obligation until their junior year, or if on scholarship, their sophomore year. Students who wish to take aerospace studies classes without a military service commitment are welcome to do so in a "non-cadet" status. Any student may enroll in aerospace studies courses in the same manner as other college courses. For more information, call 315-268-7989 or visit the Clarkson Air Force ROTC website.

The Three or Four-Year Program

Students may enroll in AFROTC as freshmen in either the Fall or Spring terms, or as sophomores in the Fall term. A student who enrolls as a sophomore simply doubles up on AS 100 and AS 200 classes, each a one hour a week class. All students participate in a Leadership Lab once a week along with two one-hour physical training sessions a week. The curriculum includes orientation to the military environment, USAF history, leadership and management development, international studies, problem-solving techniques, communication skills, and much more. There is no military obligation for the first two years of AFROTC unless the student has an AFROTC scholarship. After completion of the first two years, known as the general military course (GMC), the student may compete for the professional officer course (POC) during the last two years of AFROTC. If accepted, the student attends a four-week field training encampment during the summer between the sophomore and junior years before entering the POC.


There are numerous merit-based scholarship opportunities offered to eligible students in any major. Amounts range from $3,000-full tuition per year, $900 textbook allowance per year, and a tax-free monthly stipend of $300-$500 depending on academic year. Scholarships may be awarded on a 2-3.5 year basis to students who are fully qualified and enrolled in the AFROTC program. A student does not have to be on scholarship to compete for a POC allocation.

For more information, contact the Air Force ROTC Admissions Officer at (315) 268-7989 or det536af@canton.edu.

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Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (AROTC)

Military Science

The Clarkson University Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (AROTC) is available to SUNY Canton students through cross-registration and teaches military subjects, physical conditioning and leadership skills. The goal of the department is to develop individual leadership and managerial ability while preparing young adults to become leaders in the U.S. Army. An active extracurricular program provides many opportunities to participate in helicopter rappelling, cross-country and downhill skiing and various field leadership exercises. Qualified students have an opportunity to attend the Army Airborne School, Air Assault School or the Northern Warfare Training Course. AROTC allows students maximum flexibility to include ROTC in their various course of study. Enrollment is voluntary.

Basic Course
(Freshman and Sophomore Years)

The Basic Course provides students with sufficient military background to make informed decisions about participation in the AROTC Advanced Course and pursuit of a military commission. Non-scholarship students in the Basic Course incur no military obligation and can withdraw at any time.


The ROTC course is normally a prerequisite for the Advanced Course; however, prior service personnel or members of the Reserve Forces who have completed basic training may enroll in the Advanced Course as juniors as long as they have achieved junior status.

Basic Camp

Other interested students may qualify for advanced ROTC by attending a six-week Basic Camp. At Basic Camp students earn over $750, plus room and board. Students applying through this route normally attend Basic Camp between the sophomore and junior years. This program is available to students who have at least two academic years remaining in their degree program.

Advanced Course
(Junior and Senior Years)

The Advanced Course places increased emphasis on tactical, technical and leadership skills to prepare students for position of responsibility at a six-week Advance Training Camp, normally held the summer between the junior and senior years, where cadets are paid at the rate of one-half a second lieutenant's pay. The final year is spent on topics in military officership, and gives the students the opportunity to hold corps leadership positions.


The US Army ROTC programs has two-year and three-year scholarships available to qualified students. They are awarded based on merit and academic potential, not on need. Students can compete for three-year scholarships during their freshman year and two-year scholarships during their sophomore year or a Basic Camp. For more information, contact the enrollment officer at 315-268-7695 or armyrotc@canton.edu  or visit the Clarkson US Army ROTC webpage.

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