Citadel vs. UNC Chapel Hill

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  1. Rantolini

    Rantolini Member

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    I am preparing for the possibility that I may not get into USNA this year, I know its not over until TWE though. I still want to prepare for the possibility. I have a 4 year NROTC scholarship, currently applied to UNC Chapel Hill, but I am wondering if I should transfer it to The Citadel. I want to build the best resume for a reapplication to USNA next year and I am wondering if either one of those choices would look better or if it matters at all. Thanks
     
  2. murfthesurf

    murfthesurf DS - USNA 2020

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    Go where you can **focus** on getting your best grades in Classes during your first semester if you plan to re-apply.

    The fact of Citadel vs. UNC is meaningless to Admissions, IMHO. It is your **grade performance** that they will use to measure you.

    Personally, the less distractions to you meeting your goals while being happy when doing it, are what I would choose every time.

    You need to make that decision.
     
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  3. Ted&Gladys

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    Not sure what you intend to study, but you should check each university's majors. Unless things have changed, UNC-CH does not offer any ABET-accredited engineering majors, which may limit your STEM course options. Regardless of how things pan out with USNA this year or as a re-applicant later, you want to be at a school next year where you can thrive and that offers the program you want to study. Good luck!
     
  4. kinnem

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    I agree with Ted&Gladys to the extent that you're interested in a STEM major. By definition UNC has Calculus and Calculus based Physics courses as these are required of NROTC Midshipmen. I'd be willing to bet there is a Chemistry course too! :) I fully agree on picking a school where you can thrive and get good grades. UNC is an excellent school and you cannot lose there even if a second application to USNA falls through.

    BTW, many NROTC activities at UNC are also done in conjunction with NC State and Duke. Stuff like freshman orientation, Navy Ball, and I'm sure others. Just an interesting tidbit I thought worth adding.
     
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  5. MammaMia

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    UNC definitely has classes that mimic first year classes at a military academy - calculus, chemistry, English, history, physics, intro to computer science. There's a vibrant ROTC unit, too. It's a great, beautiful school and will provide leadership opportunities (along with lots of fun distractions...not gonna pretend they aren't there). You might love it enough to want to stay and receive your commission as a Tarheel, but if not, you can definitely be well-prepared to re-apply to the academy.
     
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  6. 5Day

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    +1 for UNC.
    But go to the school that fits you better. You picked UNC as your plan B for some reason, what has changed?

    A while back there was a thread where someone was considering going to Texas A&M and join their corp of cadets, then reapply to USNA. Much of the advice centered around "Why would you want to subject yourself to two, back to back Plebe years" The advice was go Corp or go civilian college and try reapplying to USNA. I would thing going to the Citadel would be similar to that back to back plebe years. Another thing for you to think about.
     

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