Looking For Some Advice

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by eagleerok, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. eagleerok

    eagleerok Member

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    I was recently awarded a 4-Year NROTC scholarship, unfortunately I did not get into my first choice school where I was awarded it to. I put in a Unit Transfer request and the school that I selected, Arizona State, already has a wait list. And when the NROTC folks contacted me they said that they won't start working the wait list until March or April and give me a list of open units until the middle of April. I don't know what I should do at this point? Just wait until April and hope there are some schools on the list that I can still apply to and get accepted? Or try and get a transfer now to an open unit at a school that I want to go to?

    Any help is appreciated!
     
  2. FloridaDad

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    Does the ROO at the school your scholarship was for know you were selected?

    Colleges have entrance requirements but will usually lower them for ROTC students. The fact you have passed the NROTC selection process, have guaranteed funding, and the support of the ROTC unit makes you a safer bet for a college.
     
  3. eagleerok

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    I believe they do. I got a letter from the unit last week saying I was on there list, and that Final Acceptance to school should be forthcoming shortly, and instead I didn't get in
     
  4. FloridaDad

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    You need to talk to the ROO at the school.
     
  5. eagleerok

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    Yea I will definitely have to give the unit a call on Monday, it was really weird, they sent me a packet full of enrollment stuff, uniform sizes and everything and the letter said that they spoke with the admissions department and that final acceptance should be forthcoming shortly so I assumed I was pretty much in.
     
  6. FloridaDad

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    Maybe it was a timing issue. Admissions might have made a decision and prepared the letter before you spoke to the Unit. Call them on Monday, I am sure it will get sorted out unless your grades are way below the college average.
     
  7. basilrathbone

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    We've been through the process twice and with the NROTC schools that our two oldest kids applied to, the NROTC process was completely separate from the admission process and having an NROTC scholarship did not help admissions in any way. I realize that other schools may be different. I would suggest you talk to the Unit at any of the schools that you are either already admitted to or are still in the running. If Arizona State has a wait list, ask them if they generally take off their wait list. Some schools do every year and others rarely do. That will give you an idea of your chances. If Arizona State rarely takes off their wait list (and you should be able to find out what number you are in the wait list), then I would suggest you put your eggs in another basket. Don't wait to apply to other schools that may have available NROTC slots because their lists may fill up as well. Our kids have transferred their scholarships a number of times so we've been through the process. Some transfers are almost immediate and others take months or never happen. We currently have one very happy NROTC mid and one happy USNA mid who didn't use the NROTC scholarship. Both are amazing options.
     
  8. Pima

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    I agree with basil, I know that our DS's school does not care what ROTC says for admission purposes.

    I also agree call the unit, but don't get your hopes pinned on that the ROTC det can pull you through the admissions process.

    For Class of 16, this is why I always suggest to have a one on one at the Corps/det/BN, when you start this process. This is a question to ask them. None of us can give specifics about ASU or any other college regarding how admissions works with a particular university.

    Meet them when you take a tour, call ahead and make an apptmt. Sit with them talk about your chances, your future, meet other mids/cadets. Also ask that important question if you are going AROTC or NROTC...does the admissions dept take into account ROTC candidates when making their decision. They will know that answer, and it is not a classified secret, where they'd have to kill you if they told you :eek:

    If they say yes, you than can be ahead of the game if you get deferred, if they say no, than you need to address if you are truly matching your college with your abilities...Reach, Match, Safety(RMS).

    You should have the mixture of RMS because ROTC will only be one part of your 4 yrs at college. College will be the other part. The most successful mid/cadet has managed to find the best mixture of both ROTC and school.
     

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