I'll be starting my application for the NROTC scholarship soon, and for that particular scholarship they have you list your top five colleges in order of preference. I've narrowed it down to five, but I'm having trouble deciding what order to put them in. I don't want to go too safe and get accepted to a great school but not get the scholarship to it, nor do I want to make my first preference a reach school, get the scholarship, but not get accepted to the school and possibly lose it. My five schools are as follows: Reach Schools (About and 8% acceptance rate for both) MIT-I prefer this one and is my first choice in general because I've lived in the Boston area my entire life and I really do like it here. CalTech These other schools I'm fairly confident I can get into University of Texas, Austin is my first choice on this list because the Austin environment really appeals to me and it is a very good engineering school. Boston University Georgia Tech I'm definitely going to end my high school career with a GPA of above 3.5, but I'm fairly confident it will be more, and I performed well on the PSATs which gives me confidence for the SAT's. I'm involved in two clubs, one of which I started, plus Civil Air Patrol and 4 years of Mixed Martial Arts. I have many community service hours, but will continue to add on to that, and I'm a member of the National Honors Society. If I got accepted into every college I wanted to, my list would be: 1. MIT 2. CalTech 3. UT 4. BU 5. Georgia Tech Taking into account the highly competitive nature of some of these schools my working list for the application is: 1. UT 2. MIT 3. BU 4. CalTech 5. Georgia Tech I'm really having trouble deciding if this is a good order, and any help or advice from past experiences would be greatly appreciated. And thank you for taking the time to read this.