Just got my ROTC Scholarship offer in the mail please help!

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  1. sjbd94

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    So i was just awarded an ROTC scholarship and for that am very grateful and happy. But i am pretty confused and have some questions. I was awarded an offer to UNC on a 4 year scholarship, but I didn't get into UNC and the other offer i have is a 3 year scholarship to ECU, which i have gotten into, but I dont really want to do to that school as it was my back up to to her schools i got into. So a couple questions. Why did i get an offer for a 4 year and a 3 year? How do I go about transferring it to another school, if that is even possible. I just dont understand the logic in granting me a 4 year to a more expensive school, but a 3 year to a cheaper school. Please someone explain. Thanks!
     
  2. Jcleppe

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    My son's PMS explained to me this way. When an applicant fills out the application they list the schools, usually in order of preference. The PMS will get a list of all the applicant that listed their school, they review the applications in which they see the order you placed the schools. If you did not list their school and have made little contact with their battalion they sometimes assume that there is not a high level of interest it their school. The PMS then puts a check mark next to the names of the applicants they would like to have and they also designate a 3 or 4 year scholarship. They will sometimes offer a 3 year to an applicant that has not shown a strong interest in the school so as not to lock up a 4 year that could go to an applicant that is very motivated to attend their school.

    Cadte command has no idea if you have been accepted to the schools on your list, that's why they urge that applicants list schools they feel they can gain acceptance. Getting accepted is the responsibility of the applicant.

    As far as getting a transfer, if the school you would like to attend is cheaper and in the same Brigade you may have chance, not a big chance, but a chance to be granted a transfer providing the school's battalion is willing to accept you or if they have the room for you. If the school you want to transfer to is more expensive or is not in the same Brigade the chance are much slimmer you will be granted a transfer.

    You should call the battalion at UNC and talk to the ROO. The ROO's sometimes, and only sometimes, have a good relationship with admissions and they may be able to get them to take a second look at you since you will have a scholarship to the school, don't count on this but it is worth a try and it should be your first phone call. After that call the ROO at the school you would like to attend and ask them how to proceed with a transfer request.

    In past years applicants were given many more choices, they were usually offered more then 2 schools. My son last year was offered 5 schools on the first board, that changed during the second and third board and now they seem to offering mainly 1 school, sometimes 2, it does make it a lot tougher.

    For future applicants reading this, make sure you only list schools you want to attend and you feel you have a good chance of being admitted. There is no rhyme or reason sometimes as to how Cadet Command makes the school offers and it is quite likely you will get a school you didn't really want if you put it on your list.
     
  3. Pima

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    UNC and ECU are both IS colleges and the costs are pretty much the same. I am guessing NCST is the school you want to transfer the scholarship to; thought process is in NC, UNCCH is the reach, NCST is the match and ECU is the safety. If it is not NCST, than maybe Appalachian.

    As Jcleppe explained a lot has to do with availability and ECU fills up fast. I would assume NCST will be hard to get the scholarship transferred to because it is as close to a school like VT that you can get in NC. Appalachian is popular too because they have a great AROTC program.

    All 4 of these state colleges from where we were in NC was every kids top schools even not in ROTC. I don't know one kid that wanted to go IS that didn't apply to at least 3 out of those 4, higher academic kids also applied for Duke too, lower academic would apply to a UNC alternative campus like Wilmington or Greensboro.

    Good luck.
     
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    well, this is getting complicated... by the fact that OP isn't being specific. OP, what "other schools" is ECU backup to, and have you been admitted to any of them? Is Army ROTC at any of your other preferred schools? We can't help much if we don't know what you know.
     
  5. sjbd94

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    Just let me know what you want to know. The more I am looking at ECU the more im starting to like it, but regardless my main concern is just getting the 4 year to a school I can attend. See my thing is i just dont understand why I have a 4 year to a more expensive school and a 3 year offer to a cheaper school. I am still waiting to hear back from quite a few schools including NC STATE. Most of them offer ROTC. But i know out of state tuition likely wont allow me to transfer the scholarship to and Out of State school and I am fine with that. Is it true that once you accept the offer, you can put in a transfer request up until may 1st? thanks for every ones help so far.
     
  6. kinnem

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    I don't know the deadline but you can accept the scholarship and put in a transfer request. Transfers are difficult to get but since you're dealing with schools in the same state you might have better luck than most.

    I'm sure Cadet Command has some logic behind awarding the four year to UNC and the three year to ECU. UNC is one of the top ranked publics in the nation. Perhaps a degree from UNC for your major has more value to them. Perhaps they have less of a need for cadets at ECU due to the popularity of ROTC there vs UNC, or they're trying to spread more money around to ECU cadets. ECU us a fine school. If you prefer UNC you should get on the phone with admissions and see if they will reconsider your application in light of your scholarship. Call the unit and see if they can help at their end. IF that fails accept the ECU scholarship and if NC State accepts you pursue transferring the scholarship there.

    You haven't mentioned your major so I can't give any advice along those lines. US News ranks UNC at 29. NC State at 101. ECU at 194. If worse comes to worse you will still get a fine education at ECU. Depending on your major its conceivable it could even be your best choice.

    Good Luck.
     
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  7. Jcleppe

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    I think I covered your question regarding why CC may have given you a 4yr to one school and a 3 yr to another in my previous post, asking the question again won't get a different answer.

    I know you want the 4yr to a school you will be able to attend mut that may not happen and it is not a big concern to CC, they offered you a 4yr, the fact you couldn't get admitted is not their concern either.

    Asking questions here will only get you opinions, if you want answers and more informed help you need to get in touch with the ROO at the shool you would like to attend and ask point blank if it is possible to get your 4 yr transferred to that school, then contact CC and find out the process. Do all of this quickly, Do Not Accept anything yet until you have contacted the people I just mentioned, you have some time before you have to accept/decline the scholarship.
     
  8. sjbd94

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    accepting the 3 year would make the 4 year offer go away right?
     
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    Right
     

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