Can you change the school you are awarded an ROTC scholarship to?

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  1. sjbd94

    sjbd94 Member

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    Since it is the summer before my senior year I have started and am almost done with my ROTC applications for all branches. But I have problem. I really dont know what school I want to go to. I am looking at a little under 20 different schools!!! I plan to go by what I can get into, grant it some of them are reach schools, like Carnegie Mellon. But I would hate to get accepted and not have an ROTC scholarship, if I got one, to go. If I dont get a scholarship I am limited to in state (NC). But If I do get a scholarship and dont get into UNC, I want to look out of state to other schools. So how should I go about this, it is kind of hard to explain so if you have any questions that can better help you answer my question please ask away! Really I just want to see where I get accepted to and then I will have a better chance to determine where I want to go to school. But I guess my main question is after you submit your application and you apply to schools and find out you got denied from a school you put on the few schools you can select for an ROTC app can you change it and put it to a school you got accepted to? Thanks for taking the time to help me!
     
  2. AFAYahoo

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    At least for AFROTC, if granted a scholarship, you can take it to whatever school is approved by AFROTC for your intended major. Most of the majors are technical (math, science related etc.). Go to the AFROTC website and under HS scholarships, there is a section where you can plug in your major and a state and see what schools are approved for that major. I don't know specifics about the other services, but just from reading the forums its more complicated for Army or Navy. Do a search on the ROTC forum and you'll see it discussed in detail.
     
  3. singaporemom

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    Yes, for AFROTC it is for any school you are accepted to in the major approved...that was what it was for my son in 2010.

    Army and Navy you must rank your schools on your application. It is possible to change to a different school, but it is not guaranteed, since they might be full. My DS was able to make changes, but it was a nail biter.

    I know what it's like to have 20 schools on the list. When you expand your horizons it gives you alot of choices. Here's my suggestion;

    Make a spreadsheet with the following criteria for each school:

    School name
    major interest
    minor interest
    Mid SAT scores of those accepted
    Mid ACT scores "
    Mid GPA "
    ROTC on campus?
    Location
    Undergrad population
    Extras; on campus housing scholarship for cadets?, qualify for automatic university scholarship? Instate tuition for cadets? (This gives the battalion a break on cost!)

    Add in any other criteria that is important to you.


    Now, highlight the field with GREEN if you meet the criteria, or like the location, population, major offered, etc.

    Highlight with red if you do not meet the criteria. Pink if you are very close...like 10 pts off the SAT.

    Pretty soon you will see a pattern of green and you will have a better idea of where to apply. Your stretch schools will have some pink.

    my son started with 40 schools! Quick review dropped it down to 20, this spreadsheet got it down to 10. Put 2 stretch schools on his application, 1 safety school, and then picked favorites from the remaining.

    DS got Navy scholarship for stretch school that he did not get accepted to...was able to transfer to 2nd place stretch school. He received Army scholarship to safety school and stretch school. Chose the safety school. When he was accepted to 2nd place stretch school, he contacted ROTC at that school and they reserved him a place if needed. He also received AFROTC schyolarship to any school... that one was easy!!

    He remained in contact with all ROTC programs he was interested in.

    Good Luck!
     
  4. aglages

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    You should keep in mind that 75% of AFROTC scholarships are Type 7 scholarships that limit your college selection to the following:
    If you were to receive this scholarship you would not be able to use it as a four year scholarship for Carnegie Mellon for instance.

    20% of AFROTC scholarships are Type 2 scholarships that limit you college selection to the following:
    If you were to receive this scholarship you would be able to use it as a four year (or 3 yr if you traded in your Type 7) scholarship for Carnegie Mellon BUT it would only cover $18K a year for a school that I believe costs over $40K annually for tuition.

    If you are fortunate enough to be one of the 5% selected to receive a Type 1 AFROTC scholarship then you use it as described in the posts above.

    Bottom line: Keep in mind that these percentages are of the scholarships AWARDED and not of those that have applied. Make sure you have some colleges (and acceptances) that meet the requirements of the Type 7 scholarship and then hope that you are fortunate enough to receive ANY AFROTC scholarship.

    Good Luck!
     
  5. singaporemom

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    aglages--you are correct! amazing how my memory is forgetting some of these details. My DS was very fortunate that year.
     
  6. sjbd94

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    Thanks for all the info guys! Hopefully if i got a type 2 a private college could give me enough to over the rest with finical aid! If someone could give me some more info on the navy and army process that would be appreciated. Because it seems it is possible to do in the air force but i would like more info on the army and navy if possible!
     
  7. aglages

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    The "basic" approach to scholarships that the AROTC and NROTC uses is somewhat similar: You provide a list of colleges that you want to attend (and hopefully can get accepted) and the AROTC and NROTC then decides whether to award you a scholarship, and if so to which college(s) and for what period of time (4/3 years). The scholarship is for full tuition.

    That was the short/simplistic version. If you search through some of the threads on this forum you'll get some insight on strategies about how to list colleges to increase your odds of being awarded a scholarship.

    Good luck!
     
  8. Pima

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    It is important to realize for AFROTC scholarships, the majority @85% go to tech majors, that means if you want a non-tech major, traditionally you will need to have higher stats. For example only 5% are type 1, and only 5% of that 5% go to non-tech, if you do the math about 2-3 out of every 1000 scholarships.

    I believe the stats for last yr were; the SAT avg hovered in the 1300 range (out of 1600) with a 3.77+ gpa.

    AFROTC does not superscore, they take the best sitting score, but not a superscore.

    Good luck
     

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