Canisius College AROTC?

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  1. BlindROTC

    BlindROTC Member

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    Does anyone have experience with AROTC at Canisius College, especially the aspects of commuting from SUNY-Buffalo?

    My son has accepted a 4-year AROTC scholarship for TAMU, but he still needs a medical waiver that may never come. Just today, he got word of receiving more scholarship money for SUNY-UB, which makes it look like a good balance of risk-reward with regards to the contracting process and total college costs. The cross-town affiliate is at Canisius. He will start calling them on Monday, but this will come out of the blue because he did not list them on the AROTC application. SUNY-UB wasn't even on his radar until around November. He visited SUNY-UB and liked it; now we can try a last-minute visit to Canisius. Good problem to have, I guess.

    We'd really like to hear from cadets, or their parents, about the cross-town experience. Thanks.
     
  2. Jcleppe

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    Canisius is about 11 or 7 miles depending on which route you take, both that about 20 min. to drive depending on traffic.

    The main questions to ask is if which campus PT will be done at, are all the MS classes and Labs at Caniaius. The hard part is scheduling classes to make sure the student leaves enough time to travel, park and get to classes at the host school. Weather in Buffalo can be an issue as well, during bad snow days the comute could be a tough one, and there will be a lot of those days.

    There are a lot of benefits to the 4 yr. scholarship and being contracted freshman year that go beyond the Tuition, stipend, and book money. Has you son looked into trying to have the scholarship transferred to SUNY-UB, it will be worth the question.

    I would hold onto the scholarship at TAMU until all your questions are answered including the transfer question and wait to see how the waiver process turns out. The waiver decision will play a big part in his decision since without it he would not be able to complete ROTC anyway no matter where he goes to school, leaving SUNY-UB the obvious choice due to the scholarship offer.
     
  3. EDelahanty

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    Buffalo has averaged around 8 feet of snow a year going back to the days when Grover Cleveland paid an immigrant to take his place in the Civil War. This year, however, it's been a freakishly low 35 inches. If the lower snowfall is due to trends in global warming, then you can expect tropical winters by your son's senior year. If, on the other hand, the cause turns out to be a superabundance of hot air emanating from the presidential primaries, then there will be a reversion to the norm. In that case, four wheel drive will be de rigueur. Jcleppe's distances are correct assuming the starting point is Buffalo's north campus, and the driving is mainly local arterials.

    You may want to check with the cadre directly on problems encountered in the commute.

    SUNY Buffalo enjoys a great reputation for academics with the State University of New York system
     
  4. BlindROTC

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    Thanks, Jcleppe and EDelahanty. We see that lake-effect snow on the news all the time. Wondering if cross-country skis would be a smart investment for SUNY-Buffalo. :smile:

    We are pursuing answers to all those questions in hope of getting more data by April 30. I should have clarified that the risk is not so much financial, because the TAMU Corps provides in-state tuition even without a ROTC scholarship, but that my son doesn't think he'd want to be in the Corps if there is no possibility of contracting. There are many cadets in Drill-No-Ceremony, but my son doesn't think he'd want to do that. Which does make it financial in the end. Anyway, he has about a month left to make the decision.
     
  5. Jcleppe

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    Just curious, why would your son think there would be no possibility of contracting, the 4 year scholarship allows him to contract the first day of his freshman year, providing he passes the APFT.
     
  6. Packer

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    My guess is he is working off of the worst case of not getting the medical waiver.
     
  7. BlindROTC

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    Yes; he has a "history of" disqualification and we understand that must be dealt with before he either contracts or receives any ROTC money.
     
  8. Jcleppe

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    Ok, that makes sense, best of luck with the waiver process.
     
  9. BlindROTC

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    Waiver was granted for AROTC! Just posted today on the DoDMERB site.
     
  10. dunninla

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    Wow, congratulations. He's an Aggie then?
     
  11. BlindROTC

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    Thanks. Yes, he kept his spot at TAMU on May 1st and has been doing all the paperwork as if things would work out in the end. His Mom and I are quite proud of him. HS graduation is tonight and this waiver is the best present.
     

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