AROTC chances? Help much apreciated

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  1. Pak1118

    Pak1118 New Member

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    Hey Military Community~! I am new to this forum and hope this is the right section for this. I would appreciate all the help I can get! I am going to be a senior in the up coming school year. My dream is to help serve this nation as an officer in the Army and my parents' dream is to send me off to college. So, my life goal is to allow both dreams to come true by seeking an Army ROTC 4 year scholarship while attending Boston College(my ideal college). What are my chances of getting accepted? Please and Thank you!

    Freshman-
    Honors World History
    Honors English
    Honors Algebra 2
    Honors Geometry
    Honors Biology
    Spanish 2
    Health

    Sophomore-
    Honors U.S. History 1
    Honors English 2
    Honors Pre-Calc
    Honors Chemistry
    Spanish 3
    Media 1

    Junior-
    AP U.S. History 2
    AP English 3
    AP Calculus AB
    Honors Physics
    Spanish 4
    Sculpture

    I have a 91.795 GPA weighted and am in the 25th percentile of my class.

    TESTING: My SAT score is 2080 with a 780 in Math, 600 in Critical reading and a 700 in Writing. My super score is unfortunately a 2090 , with my writing at 710 instead of 700. Will take it one more time considering my super score is only ten points higher.

    CLUBS: I am in Key Club, Lead for Diversity, Class Council, Peer Mediation and also National Honor Society. I volunteered at my school every Thursday to tutor kids in math, volunteered a little at a retirement home, and also volunteered at a church.

    VOLUNTEERING: I have volunteered for three years at my church, and also volunteered at a local retirement home.

    SPORTS: I play spring lacrosse and have received three varsity letters so far. Not to be cocky, but I am sure i will also receive one in Senior year. However, it will probably not matter because its a spring sport.

    HEALTH: I find myself very healthy except for the fact that i have a slight case of eczema. I have received 2 concussions and broken two bones(thumb and wrist). Other than that, I am a healthy 5 foot 7 inches Asian student who weighs 138 lbs. I can easily push out 15+ pull ups, 70 push ups, less than 7 minute mile and 60 sit ups. I can surely improve as time progresses because I am motivated and am continually working out. I believe I have less than 5% body fat.

    What are my chances of getting accepted into the Army ROTC 4-year scholarship program? Much appreciated and hope you have a nice day!~
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    SORRY FOR LONG POST!
     
  2. newhampshirecandidate

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    Just an FYI, when you post GPA its typically out of 4. I'm assuming your 91 is out of 100 which puts you near a 3.6/3.7? Your stats seem relatively competitive for AROTC but it is VERY difficult to get into BC so make sure you have some good backup schools that you can definitely get into. The other thing is Army is cutting back on scholarships to the expensive private schools so that hurts your chances at BC. Just to let you know, I had put UNH (my state school) 7th out of 7 on my list and that was where I was awarded my scholarship, and from what I've seen on here that seems to be the trend.
     
  3. EDelahanty

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    Regarding the AROTC scholarship, your academics appear to be above average.

    There are two possible problem areas, however. The majority (though certainly not all) of AROTC scholarship winners have been in some type of leadership role: for example, athletic team captain, school elective office, club leadership. I didn't see that in your otherwise impressive list of accomplishments.

    Second, according to army standards of medical fitness, current or history of eczema does not meet standards. I have no idea what minor eczema is or how DODMERB would respond. There is always the possibility that this condition was misdiagnosed. Were you medically treated or was this a non-professional diagnosis by you or a family member? Waivers can be obtained though these are reported to be ever more difficult to get. Perhaps someone with a similar DODMERB issue can chime in. In any case you must disclose your medical history including injuries on the application.

    Good luck.

    Skin and other issues are discussed in Chapter 2

    http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r40_501.pdf
     
  4. dunninla

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    Being an Army Officer is, above all else, a position of Leadership. YOu lead. YOu teach, you manage.

    The three areas in which your scholarship application is evalusated, and given points (my grades for your resume are):

    Scholar: (A-)
    Athlete: (A)
    Leader: (C-/B+)

    The problematic issue with your resume is that you appear to FOLLOW (belong/attend/participate/volunteer, etc.) and you don't appear to LEAD (found, start, lead, get elected a President or Team Captain, Editor in Chief, etc.). As an officer, you DO need to know how to follow, but you also have to lead. Leadership can be developed, but it certainly can be developed more quickly and cost effectively if there are already signs of natural leadership present in our application. I don't see those signs. Did you leave things out? Why would the Army pay you when there are hundreds of applicants who have already demonstrated they like to lead, do lead, and have earned leadership positions? If you can answer than question effectively, or add some true leadership experience in the first month or two of your senior year, your application will be stronger than it would otherwise be.

    P.S. I also think your stats are at best at the midpoint for Boston College. Unless they consider you a diversity admit (which they might), being at the midpoint is about a 25% chance of admission (after athletes, diversity admits, donors, etc. are accounted for). So you've really got two hurdles to clear. If the attraction to Boston College for you is a Private Catholic college, you need to also consider Fordham, which also has a very strong ROTC program, and U of Miami, which has a small ROTC program (involves some travel for PT). Lastly, also consider Loyola of New Orleans, which doesn't Host a Battalion, but is walking distance across the street from a Host Battalion at Tulane.
     
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  5. Pima

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    AROTC scholarships are tied to the school and the cadet. If you want to be truly chanced please share the schools you are applying to.

    For example, applying to NCST as an IS NC resident will get you a different response than applying to UMich as an OOS.

    I am not trying to be antagonistic, but AROTC is not like AFROTC where you get the scholarship and can take it to any school. AROTC awards to the school for the candidate. Your school choices matter for A/NROTC when you ask for a chance me.

    I think you have great chances of a scholarship, but it all depends on the 5 schools you place on your list. HYPPSM. no because you have a 600 in CR, too low for CR. Powerhouse ROTC units like Notre Dame, UMich, PSU, SMCs a different ball of wax if you are IS for schools like PSU and UMich.


    Just curoius, does AROTC superscore? AFROTC does not for scholarship, does for SA, but for scholarships it is best sitting.
     
  6. dunninla

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    Last year was Best Sitting, and I'm pretty sure Cadet Command takes the best Math and CR sitting from SAT *and* ACT: i.e. SAT CR 650, Math 630, ACT Math 31 = SAT 690

    Superscore is CR 650, Math 690.
     
  7. Jcleppe

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    My son's final ACT score on the application was a Superscore for AROTC, not the Best Sitting. Did they change it for last year, the ROO at my son's school said no.
     
  8. dunninla

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    sorry, I really mangled that. I DO mean superscore, but it is really Super Super Score, because CC picks the best scores from the component parts from both SAT *and* ACT, and mixes and matches to get the highest total.
     
  9. Pima

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    WOW, because I believe the SAs take just the super score, they don't do the mix and match of SAT and ACT.

    Talk about mind boggling, boards need to do super super score and match the school.
     

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