5 Selected Schools - No Room

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  1. NYEAGLE1

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    Once the Selection Board makes their decision, awards a candidate a scholarship at a Command, is there a condition that can occur where that specific Command does not have room for an incoming student? In addition to applying to the Commands/Schools, is it a good idea to apply to additional schools with NROTC programs as a back-up plan to this possibility?
     
  2. cooper1234

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    Yes, it is possible that some units will be filed up. So yes, definitely apply to some back up schools, and if all five of your first schools are filled, then request permission to transfer the scholarship to another school.
     
  3. aglages

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    I don't remember this happening last year. I remember the Army awarding scholarships and then advising the recipients that none of their college choices had room, but not the Navy. That said, it is always (IMHO) a good idea to apply to all the colleges that you listed on your "wish list" because there is no way of predicting which one the Navy will approve you for. As you may be aware, unlike the Army & Air Force the NROTC assigns your scholarship to a particular College's Unit. I'm fairly sure that the NROTC will only assign you to a unit that has room for you. You can always apply for a transfer of your scholarship to a different unit, but that request can be denied....so there are no guarantees.
    Good Luck! :thumb:
     
  4. Pima

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    AG, I do believe it did happen for some Navy candidates last yr. However, if I recall correctly, it happened because they did not get into the school until the RD time frame instead of the ED time frame. Remember, just like universities, they don't expect everyone to accept the scholarship, thus, they over book. I.E. some candidates may apply for multiple SA's and ROTC scholarships. It is a numbers game.

    The cadet if I recall correctly did not get accepted to his number 1 school, but got the ROTC scholarship, and then his backup he got accepted to, but did not get the scholarship. I believe he was able to contact them and get it switched, but it was tenuous for him for a few days.

    With the Navy and Army you really want to make sure your colleges match up with your ROTC plans, because they are tied together. I would think it is probably also very important to get everything done early, because you don't want to not get a scholarship because there is no room left at the inn.
     
  5. aglages

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    I'm sure this happens often. The NROTC chooses one college from an applicant's list and then the applicant is not accepted at that college and has to attempt to transfer the scholarship to a college s/he has been accepted. Whether there is room in the "new" college's unit would definitely be a factor. This possible scenario also presents a good argument for putting colleges on your NROTC "wish" list that you have a decent (good) chance of being accepted and then applying to all of them as early as possible.

    I interpreted the OPs post to ask a different question:
    "Once the Selection Board makes their decision, awards a candidate a scholarship at a Command, is there a condition that can occur where that specific Command does not have room for an incoming student?"
    Reviewing (somewhat superficially) previous NROTC posts I was not able to find a report of anyone that was assigned a NROTC scholarship to a specific unit discovering that the unit didn't have room for him/her. I remember reading the paperwork thoroughly that my daughter received with her NROTC scholarship offer and don't recall any mention of confirming with the local unit that there is room for her.

    I suppose that there could be a scenario towards the end of the NROTC scholarship process where by the time an applicant is awarded a scholarship, all the NROTC units at the schools on his/her list are full. Again, I don't recall this happening last Spring (2010) and I'm not sure if the Navy will still offer a scholarship and tell the applicant to attempt to find a unit that has room at a college that s/he can get accepted (like the Army) or whether they just don't award a scholarship at all. Perhaps someone with a better memory (younger mind) than mine can weigh in with their memories or experience.
     
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  6. k2rider

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    Apply to as many options as possible and DEFINITELY list all the schools allowed on the application. It's absolutely possible that all the schools on your list will be filled. The "power" schools like Ohio State, Notre Dame, Texas AM, Penn State and all the military associated schools (Citadel, VMI, etc...)all filled up before the January (3rd board) selections were announced on Feb 5th for the most part. That was AROTC but we had a friend that was #8 in line, trying to get into a full NROTC unit at Notre Dame....it all worked out as she ended up at the Naval Academy instead.
     
  7. Centhea

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    We went thru the scenario of DS getting NROTC scholarship and assigned to his top choice school but not accepted there. It was an anxious time waiting to find out if the scholarship would transfer to the unit for the school where he was accepted (cross-town affiliate). Thankfully it all worked out. They go to the first choice school on your list of five. My biggest lesson learned: better to put a match school as your top choice. I've seen several other parents in this situation on NavyForMoms.com. If you get the scholarship but don't get into any schools on your list, you have the option to apply to schools that have rolling admissions (IIT was one I've seen mentioned) but it all depends on where the slots are. It's also worth a call to the number on the scholarship letter for requesting transfers to see where slots are still available.

    I have not heard of a student getting assigned to a unit only to find there was no slot. The unit my son was originally assigned to knew he was coming before we did, because they get a roster from NTEC. We knew he had the scholarship before we knew if he got accepted. I have heard other ppl say that having an ROTC scholarship will boost a student's chances of admission, but I don't think that is true everywhere. There are other considerations...like Georgia's Hope Scholarships and Texas' policy of putting top 10% HS students in the state school of their choice, which impact the rate at which other students are accepted. (DS applied at top schools in both those states...another lesson learned).


    One other caution: when it comes to re-shuffling the slots, the NTEC doesn't do this until mid-May, well after most schools require you to declare where you are going. Be sure to have a contingency plan with your parents if that happens to you.
     

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