Why Pitt State for ROTC?

ROTC is very active within the community, attending sporting events and on campus activities, and hosting memorials and ceremonies for the community that cadets are able to participate in. Army ROTC produces some of the best officers in the country and Pitt State holds a reputation for having an outstanding program that produces officers who serve all over the world. WHY?

Army ROTC at Pitt State is located in a new building on campus that also houses a National Guard Armory and the Student Recreation Center. Because of the uniqueness of the building, our cadets have access to state of the art facilities, which we utilize for physical fitness training, professional and leader development events, tactical proficiency, and academic success.

The ROTC building has four gymnasiums, a weight room, indoor track and many other options for our cadets to use daily. It also has an Engagement Skills Trainer, allowing for military weapons familiarization, a Laser Marksmanship Training System, and a Virtual Battlefield Simulator.

Additionally, we have our own rappel tower outside of the building, a physical fitness pit with pull-up and dip bars, and 60 acres available for our Situational Training Exercises where paintball systems are used to enhance the value of training. We also use a local firing range one mile from our building to ensure weapons firing proficiency for all of our cadets prior to attending Advance Camp.

Why Pitt State?

Military Science Academic Minor

Plaster Center
Plaster center inside
ROTC ropes course
ROTC track inside
ROTC Vehicles
Swimming pool
Veterans Memorial at night
Veterans memorial from air
Weight room
  • Student Organizations, Campus and Community Involvement
  • STEM Opportunities in the Army
  • Sports at PSU
  • Facilities for Physical Fitness

Student Organizations

The Campus Activities Center is home to over 150 registered student organizations, and we can help you find your fit!

If you have any questions about getting involved or our registered student organizations, please contact the Campus Activities Center at (620) 235-4795, visit us in the Student Center, or e-mail campusactivities@pittstate.edu.

Student Organization List - To view all student organizations, please check Gorilla Engage.

Student Organization Registration - To register your student organization, please visit https://pittstate.campuslabs.com/engage/register

If you have any questions about student organization registration, please contact the Campus Activities Center at campusactivities@pittstate.edu or (620) 235-4795.

Campus and Student Life

As a Pitt State student, your studies are your number one priority, but even the best students don't study all the time. When it's time to give the books a rest, what's there to do?

PSU Event Calendar

Check out events happening at PSU!

ROTC Gorilla Dash

Gorilla Dash is a 5K obstacle course at the PSU Baja course. The course consists of 30 or more obstacles to navigate in order to complete the course. All proceeds benefit the SFC Forrest Robertson Memorial Scholarship. Anyone up for a challenge is encouraged to participate in this event! See Gorilla Dash photos in the Photo and Video Galleries under Cadet Life.

Military Appreciation Football Game

Events that happen before the game include rope bridge, face painting, national guard activities, t-shirt sales, and much more.

Military Appreciation Football Game Images
Football-attention Appreciation handshake with cannon
Football-pushups Football-appreciation cannon firing

FLRC Lanes for the athletic teams

The Gorilla Battalion cadets take part in a FLRC each semester at the Greenbush Education Center located just west of Girard, KS. During this event, cadets are assigned to squads and then provided a mission to complete. By using their leadership and teamwork skills, cadets are able to accomplish their mission and overcome obstacles that may be present.

Great Gorilla Games

Promoting STEM-oriented curriculum, collaboration, teamwork, and the practical application of STEM concepts to “real world” scenarios and problems.

Color Guard

A time honored tradition at PSU, gorilla battalion cadets present the colors (United States and Kansas State Flag) at ceremonial events, including home football games and local parades. Color Guard training demands precision and coordination from participating cadets, which enhance their drill and ceremony skills. The Gorilla Battalion Color Guard is in high demand by groups and communities in and around the Pittsburg area due to the exceptional performance by its members.

Cannon Crew

This elite group displays the Army’s strength through firepower and, sometimes push-ups, at PSU home football games. After each Pitt State touchdown, the 75mm cannon is fired and push-ups are conducted according to how many points have been scored. Wimps need not apply because this group’s motto is "Only the Strong Survive".

Football-cannon  Football-wall pushup

Specialized skills are part of every U.S. Army job. If you have a particular aptitude for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, some Army careers and jobs will put your analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities to the test. As an officer in the most technologically advanced military in the world, the STEM field offers experiences and skills with special applications for the Army and beyond.

Army STEM: Careers & Jobs

PSU Athletics

The official site of Pittsburg State University Athletics: PittStateGorillas.com

PSU Intramural Sports

The Intramural Sports Program at Pitt State is designed to provide currently enrolled PSU students, faculty, and staff members an opportunity for experiential learning through participation in organized activities. 

Student Recreation Center

Student Recreation Center Image

The 97,000-square-foot facility is home to two PSU academic departments - the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation and the Department of Military Science - as well as the 772nd Engineer Company and Detachment 1 and 226th Engineer Company, both units of the Kansas National Guard's 891st Engineer Battalion. The building also houses the student fitness center featuring multipurpose basketball courts, a cardio/fitness center, an aerobics dance studio, fitness labs, locker rooms, and classrooms. (SRC Website)

Rappel Tower

Rappel Tower outside view

The 40 feet rappel tower was an $80,000 gift to the university by a group of donors, including the Ivan Crossland, Sr. family. Dedicated as the Ivan Crossland, Sr., Rappel Tower, the structure will help ROTC students as they train their bodies and minds for their impending careers in the military.

Robert W. Plaster Center

Plaster Center outside view

The Robert W. Plaster Center at Pittsburg State University is a state of the art facility that hosts a variety of university and community events. The $13 million, 154,000-square-foot facility, includes a 100-yard turf field, an 11,000-square-foot modern strength facility, a 300-meter track, and seating for up to 1,500. It also includes locker rooms for men’s and women’s track and field and football teams, offices, and meeting rooms. (Plaster Center Website)

Robert W. Plaster Center Images
ProMaxima Strength & Conditioning Center
Plaster Weight Room2 Plaster Weight Room
Event Center & Harvey Dean Track
Plaster indoor track and field PSU Plaster Center inside

Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium "The Pitt"

Football Stadium

Pittsburg State University plays its home football games at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium, widely recognized as one of the finest venues in NCAA Division II. Affectionately referred to as both “The Pitt” and “The Jungle” by Gorilla players and fans, Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium provides one of the strongest home field advantages in college football.

Garfield Weede Building

Weede building

Recreational facilities include the Garfield Weede Building, equipped with basketball and racquetball courts, indoor track, and swimming pool.


Weede Activity Rooms
Weede-basketball court Weede-pool