1973 - Present
Some students continued to be interested in careers as military officers after the Naval ROTC ended. The University entered into agreements that allowed them to participate in ROTC programs at other educational institutions in New York City. These included Fordham University, which offers training for service as Army officers, and Manhattan College, which prepares students to serve in the Air Force. Following extensive public discussion and a review by the University Senate, President Lee Bollinger signed an agreement with the Secretary of the Navy In May 2011 that opened the way for Columbia students to join the Naval ROTC program at SUNY, Maritime. The first group of four cadets entered the program in September 2012.
In 2015, two students were commissioned on campus, one as a Marine officer and the other as an Air Force officer. The Marine commissioning marked the first time in 45 years a Marine officer was commissioned from the NROTC program.