Auburn is located in East Central Alabama, on I-85 between Atlanta and Montgomery. The City of Auburn experiences moderate to high temperatures in summer and typically sees mild winters. The population is approximately 58,000, about half of those being students. Opelika, the county seat of Lee County, adjoins Auburn on the east as has a population of approximately 26,000. Auburn is 50 miles northeast of Montgomery, Alabama 110 miles southeast of Birmingham, Alabama, 115 miles southwest of Atlanta, Georgia, and 35 miles northwest of Columbus, Georgia. Auburn is known for having a small town feel, while having everything one would expect from a large city. The quaint city, known as the Loveliest Village on the Plains, is a very family friendly area, with several excellent school options at all levels of education. There are numerous parks and recreational areas around the university. Chewacla, a local state park, has hiking trails and fishing spots, as well as camping sites, both primitive and RV locations. Another well-known park in the area is Kiesel Park, a dog park, with several miles of walking trails, a pond, and a fenced in area for dogs to play off leash. In 2009, U.S. News and World Report rated Auburn as one of the “Best Places to Live”. This claim is due in part to Auburn’s the low crime rate, low cost of living, and it’s nationally ranked public school system.
Auburn University is ranked in the top 50 public universities in the nation and in the top 100 for “best value.” The education provided is both broad and specific because of Auburn’s requirements for graduation. The core requirements for all students cover the basics in broad strokes. English, literature, math, science, history, and several electives make up this core curriculum. Unlike other schools, Auburn focuses on these core classes and strives to go beyond what one would usually expect from basic instruction. Beyond these standards, Auburn has over 140 specific majors to choose from, most of which are recognized as excellent programs. With this broad and specific approach, Auburn graduates are very knowledgeable in their field, but also have knowledge beyond the normal college graduate.
Auburn’s undisputed largest attraction is Auburn Football. Centered on Jordan-Hare Stadium, game days transform Auburn from a quiet college town into an absolute fanfare. In anticipation for the weekend’s game, tailgating often begins days in advance of larger games. As the game approaches, the crowds swell Auburn’s population to the fifth largest city in Alabama, but only temporarily. Seating over 87,000 people, Jordan-Hare begins to fill hours before kick-off. The games are a true spectacle and rarely uneventful. The Auburn Tigers have won 12 conference championships and 22 bowl titles in 38 appearances. The peak of Auburn’s schedule is always the Iron Bowl, when Auburn plays its rival, the University of Alabama. This game is the most intense and well known rivalry in the entire Southeastern Conference and likely college football as a whole. Auburn fans are dedicated and passionate, but the Iron Bowl brings out a new level of intensity. Despite the game that is being played, there is no doubt that Auburn fans will turn up in mass for the game. Not to be over shadowed by the football team, Auburn has dozens of championship winning teams from baseball, basketball, the equestrian team, gymnastics, and many more.
- 55 Miles southwest of Montgomery, AL (Maxwell AFB)
- 50 miles Northwest of Columbus, GA (Ft. Benning)
- 90 miles Northwest from Atlanta, GA (Albany Marine Logistics Base, Ft. McPherson)
Active duty Marines enrolled in TRICARE Prime Remote have the option to obtain either Civilian or Military Primary Care Manager. The regional healthcare contractor for this area is Humana Military Healthcare Services. The can be contacted toll free at (800) 444-5445. It is important that you contact this provider so they can get you and your family signed up for medical care. Below is a list of Primary Care Managers that some Marines use in this area. The civilian list is not a complete list of providers, it only serves as recommendation.
Military Primary Care Provider
- Fort Benning (Columbus, GA)
- Maxwell AFB (Montgomery, AL)
Civilian Primary Care Provider
- Auburn Urgent Care - (334) 821-3221
There are numerous options for housing around the University. Despite these options, rooms are filled quickly as the school year approaches. Something to consider when looking for housing at Auburn is getting to campus. Parking is extremely limited on campus making walking and the free student transit system, Tiger Transit, the main modes of transportation to and from campus. Rent for a typical apartment costs on average between five hundred and twelve hundred dollars. Campus housing is available and is quite nice. The newest dorms, The Village, have individual rooms and a common room for the four room suites. Many students live in the Quad Dorms. These dorms, while not as spacious as the village, are the closest to campus’ main buildings. From most of the Quad dorms a student can reach the Haley Center, one of Auburn’s busiest buildings, or the Student Center in just a few minutes. Living on campus allows students to easily get involved with campus life and make friends quickly. With the brand new, 50 plus million dollar recreational center, which is free to all students, joining a gym is not necessary, although there are many around Auburn. This facility has everything one could want with a fitness center at no cost and is conveniently located near the center of campus. Housing for families is very affordable here. It is typically located further off campus than most apartment complexes, which gets away from the busyness of the University. Most neighborhoods are quiet and friendly, an excellent place to raise a family. Whichever options fits your situation the best, make sure to start arrangements early, the longer it takes, the fewer the options that are available.
- Apartments: $400-1200/mo
- 2-Bdrm houses: $450-950/mo
- 3-Bdrm houses: $550-1100/mo
- Condo (700 sq-ft): $55,000
- New homes. (1450 sf): $140,000
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When applying to Auburn University send a copy of your admissions application to both the Admissions Dept. and the Marine Officer Instructor. This gives the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) the opportunity to assist you in gaining admission into Auburn University in some cases where you otherwise would have complications due to various reasons. The information below denotes the average incoming freshman academic statistics.
- ACT 24-30
- SAT 1090-1350
- H.S. GPA 3.74
The state of Alabama grants IN-STATE tuition to active duty personnel and their spouses. MECEP students signed up for the G.I. Bill benefit from this when enrolled full time because, at Auburn University, the G.I. Bill covers the total cost of tuition and fees. (Do not intend on using the G.I. Bill to cover the first semester's tuition as the money tends to arrive a couple months behind tuition bills.).
A number of other grants, scholarships, and assistance is available from the University and the NROTC unit. Most scholarships awarded by the NROTC are based on performance and are competitive. It is possible to have your full tuition payed through scholarship funding. Below is information that will give you an idea of what additional assistance is available as a student.
Effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. It pays your tuition based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by an educational institution in the state where the educational institution is located. For more expensive tuition, a program exists which may help to reimburse the difference. This program is called the “Yellow Ribbon Program”.
Montgomery GI Bill
The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.
Federal Pell Grants are provided to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional need. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are available, in limited number, to undergraduates with financial need.
Entering Freshmen Scholarships - The minimum eligibility requirements for Entering Freshmen Academic Scholarships are test scores of 27 ACT or 1220 SAT and a 3.0 high school GPA. All required credentials must have been submitted to the Admissions Office by December 1 of the student's senior year of high school. Upon acceptance to Auburn University, students meeting the above criteria will automatically be considered for an Entering Freshman Scholarship. No additional applications are necessary. Many of AU's General and Departmental Scholarships require a demonstration of financial need. Therefore, to ensure consideration for this scholarship pool, students must file a free Application for Federal Student Aid.
General and Departmental Scholarships - Auburn University offers an array of General and Departmental Scholarships. A listing of these scholarships can be found in the University Bulletin. The minimum eligibility requirements for them are as follows:
- Freshmen: 27 ACT or 1220 SAT and 3.0 high school GPA.
- Transfer: 3.0 GPA with acceptance of admission
- Currently Enrolled: cumulative 3.0 GPA
NROTC Scholarships - If a student enrolled in NROTC failed to receive a 4-year national NROTC scholarship prior to enrolling, he/she can apply for a 3-year or 2-year scholarship after receiving his first set of grades at Auburn. These scholarships are awarded based on college GPA, physical fitness and military aptitude.
Other Scholarships - Throughout the academic year, several one-time scholarships are awarded to students that excel in academics and military aptitude.
Federal Student Aid is available to supplement any additional costs. Click http://www.fafsa.ed.gov to visit the FASFA website. All students wishing to receive any financial aid (i.e. scholarships and grants) from Auburn University must submit this application.
For any additional questions or concerns regarding MECEP, or attending Auburn University, please contact the NROTC MECEP point of contact the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor(AMOI).
NROTC Unit Phone Numbers
|Admin Office||(334) 844-4364|
|Marine Officer Instructor||(334) 844-3431|
Last Updated: July 24, 2020