New NROTC/ROTC Candidates

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  1. skc

    skc Member

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    Great Advice from #1 School Freshman Advisor. The best advice we received was from NROTC freshman advisor in DD #1 school. As directed by freshman advisor, DD submitted college app during "early decision" admission process which guaranteed a decision by Dec 15th. Turns out she was denied admission to number # 1 school. Sure it was a disappointment, however it gave us the opportunity to transfer NROTC Scholarship to #2 school without program capacity issues. NROTC Scholarship school transfer was complete within a week.

    Waiting to April 1 for the rejection from #1 school would have put us in the scramble mode to find school with NROTC capacity. Turns out #2 school was filled by April 1. We are very thankful to the very young freshman advisor who gave very VALUABLE information.

    Funny, I still hear my Dad say " No one ever is gets in trouble for being early"
     
  2. CronusMom

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    This is definitely a good plan UNLESS the student is also applying for USNA.

    Our son really wanted to apply early decisions to Va Tech but was forced to apply regular decision becauase he was also applying to the Academy. If he applied ED at Tech and was accepted, he would have been forced to withdraw his USNA application.

    It was a bit of a risk because if he was declined admission to Tech with regular decision (thanfully he has been admitted), by that time his 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th choices would most likely have been full, forcing him to add his name to all their waiting lists.

    It's also a good idea to make sure your #1 school is not a reach. A young man we know was awarded his NROTC scholarship in November to MIT, his first choice school, which was a reach for him. His #2 was also Tech. He was advised to call Pensacola immediately (early December) to ask for a change to Tech before they were full as it would be easier to switch to MIT in the event he actually got in. He took that advice, and the switch was made in December. Then came late March when MIT declined his admission. He's thankful he listened to the advice because Tech was most definitely full by then.
     
  3. skc

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    Yikes, I assume we knew DD #1 school did not have the same policy as VA Tech, as she also applied to USNA. OH well it doesn't matter now, however for some reason the thought of it makes me a bit nervous.

    Good advice to new ROTC applicants.....know all the rules.
     
  4. The OC Josh

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    Another option

    Do early action for the schools that have it. Since it's generally non-binding, you can do more than one school. That way you still find out by Jan 1st for most schools.

    From my own experience, it is soooo nice to know where I'm going while I watch friends wait and wait for different college's decisions.:thumb:

    Of course, get the scholarship application in ASAP.
     
  5. House06

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    that is excellent advice. Had our daughter not applied EA to #1 school, she would not have received an ROTC to that school. Plan lots and start really, really EARLY!
     
  6. CronusMom

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    Yes, I believe the #1 best piece of advice regarding NROTC scholarships is to COMPLETE the application process EARLY so that you can be reviewed by as many boards as possible.

    Secondly, apply as early to each college (early action or rolling which are nonbinding) as possible. With rolling admission, EA, and ED deadlines all being different, you need a little strategy regarding the order in which you apply to your selected schools.

    I think our son's last choice school was applied to first, and his first choice school (Tech) was applied to last. When we mapped it out, it made perfect sense so that he would received acceptances as early as possible and have as many options open as possible.
     
  7. brass strings

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    Make sure your guidance counselor submits their info early as well. We didn't realize until very late in the process that son's school sent transcripts & recommendations in order to be received by the deadline. For ROTC that was 1/31, but as noted above Tech (son's 1st choice) was full by then.
     

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