Royal Military College of Canada

Royal Military College of Canada | Kingston, Ont. | Founded 1876


Royal Military College of Canada

RMC trains officer cadets for all branches of the military. In the summer before school starts, first-year cadets start their basic military occupational qualification training—which includes drills, first aid and field training—followed in September by a four-week orientation program that culminates in a gruelling two-hour-long obstacle course. The campus is set on a 41-hectare peninsula on the shores of Lake Ontario just east of downtown Kingston, Ont., and features limestone buildings and a giant parade square dating back to 1876. Students are required to complete a core curriculum of courses in the arts, science and military studies. As members of the Canadian Forces, cadets also take part in up to 11 weeks of military training in the summers at locations across Canada, where some participate in military exercises, including weapons training and leadership training. Tuition and books are covered by the government, and cadets are paid an annual salary of approximately $18,000, which after covering room and board and some other costs, still leaves about $500 of spending money each month. But the money isn’t for nothing. After graduation, cadets must serve a minimum of five years as commissioned officers in the Canadian Forces. “The Royal Military College provides the educational and military tools necessary for our cadets to become the officers and leaders in the Canadian Forces,” says Brig.-Gen. Al Meinzinger, RMC’s commandant. “History has proven that they go on to lead in the military and in their communities.”

READ: An insider look at Canada’s military school

Standout Programs
Engineering: A popular offering available in six disciplines—chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical and aeronautical; about 30 to 40 per cent of RMC grads are engineers.
Military and Strategic Studies: The program explores the diplomatic, social, political, military, psychological and historical dimensions of human conflict.
Space Science: Under the umbrella of the physics department, space-science students study surveillance, satellite tracking and mission design.

Cool Courses
Spacecraft Mission Analysis and Design: Teams of students design a spacecraft for a proposed mission; covers orbital mechanics and propulsion, and spacecraft subsystems.
Civil Engineering Field School: Students apply what they’ve learned and gain further experience in deploying to a remote location to carry out a civil engineering task for an actual client, often a government agency or NGO.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Undergraduate students Residence spaces
Engineering: 88%
Arts: 84%
Science: 84% (Acceptance criteria also based on suitability to become an officer)
Tuition for students enrolled in ROTP is paid by the Department of National Defence Full-time: 1,163
Part-time: 1,111
Residence space provided for all ROTP students

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