North Georgia or Norwich University

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  1. RancidRancid

    RancidRancid Member

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    Hey everyone! Long time no talk :smile:

    I havent been on here a while, but some of you may or may not remeber me. I was supposed to go to Norwich last August, but due to an accute illness that arose before arrival day, I could not attend.

    Fortunately for me, I have recovered, and was reaccepted to Norwich :biggrin:

    However, this time around, I also applied to North Georgia College. I decided to apply there after changing my mind on comissioning from the Marines to the Army.

    Frankly, after not hearing back from them for months, I thought surely I had been denied, but this was not so! I recieved my acceptance in the mail last friday :smile:

    With norwich being on my mind basically since last august, and pretty much since then, I am having a hard time deciding between the two schools.

    I have visted norwich before, and very much loved the campus. I also know many cadets there/are friends with many cadets, and civilians, due to me being so close to almost being a cadet there myself, so I know very well the corps and the school.

    I plan on visiting North Georgia with my family in early April.

    I find myself really leaning toward North Georgia; I really like how I can have somewhat of a normal social life, but the corps and ROTC as well. I also really like the relaxed vibe of the campus

    But I worry that maybe some the camaraderie is lost at North Georgia, since its a bit less rigorous then NU (you don't have to eat with you platoon, platoon activities etc, and through struggle brings closeness/bonds) Im really hoping someone can tell me different; I know my friends who are cadets at NU are incredibly close with their rook buddies, and I want that experience as well

    I was just wondering if someone on the forums, could help me out a bit, and tell me why North Georgia is better then NU (in their opinion of course) or vice versa, and a little bit about North Georgia, as I know A LOT of NU.

    I plan on being an English major, and pursuing a commission in the Army.

    Thanks so much :smile:
     
  2. mom3boys

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    I am not a student, but I will tell you what I know about NGCSU. Many of my kids' friends attend/have attended there. It's a beautiful campus, in the heart of "God's Country." North Georgia is spectacular. You will see so in April. Southerners are a friendly lot, so you don't need to worry about making friends, being close, etc...that will happen. If you enjoy outdoors activities, you are in the perfect place: white water rafting, hiking, camping, etc...it's all there. Plus, you are not far from Athens (UGA) or Atlanta (Tech, GA State, Emory) for getting together w/ other college friends. I have several friends whose kids are in the corps and they are very happy. One neighbor, whose dad was on staff at USMA when he was applying for college, says: "I didn't get into West Point, so I applied to the second best commissioning source: NGCSU." Good luck in your decision!

    Mom3
     
  3. jmk0601

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    I was personally interested in North Georgia when I was discovering my options and branches. Well North Georgia only has an Army ROTC unit, whereas Norwich provides more options. However, North Georgia does have a good reputation for having one of the best Army ROTC unit. The campus is absolutely beautiful and quite peaceful. The barracks are pretty new and clean. Food is pretty good because North Georgia does have civilian students on campus as well. Plus, for those living out-of-state, I think if you become a cadet, North Georgia will give you in-state costs. I think I just briefly described North Georgia.. but if you have more questions message me or just ask specific questions? I went on a campus tour and learned alot through the Cadet Admissions office
     
  4. CoachBart

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    My son told me...

    My son told me it surpassed any and all expectations he had. He knew absolutely no one when he arrived. Now, he has many, many friends on campus and trust me there is plenty of ROTC activities. You will be busy. You will also have time to join other student clubs as well. DS also was in a couple of clubs and one thing I noticed is that when he came home for Thanksgiving he couldn't wait to get back to North Georgia. PS, the school officially changed its name to University of North Georgia. http://ung.edu/
     
  5. Frankie

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    I haven't posted in awhile as well, and I'm in the same boat as you are RancidRancid.

    I have been given financial aid to Norwich university already, and only counting grants and scholarships ill pay roughly $18k a year (unless I use loans or the GI Bill). Which is cheap from its original cost of attending.


    I haven't heard anything from North Georgia regarding financial aid, or that as a cadet ill receive in-state tuition. Is that true or just a rumor?
     
  6. RancidRancid

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    It's true

    You'll receive in state tuition so long as you remain a cadet.
    Instate tuition the first year comes out to 18 grand and some change

    Every subsequent year 16 and some change

    Hope that helps :)
     
  7. Frankie

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    Yes it does, thanks!

    Do you know if NG Cadets abide by the same lifestyle as Norwich Cadets go through? Or is it leaning more towards a regular ROTC unit sort of style?
     
  8. CoachBart

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    From what I know...

    From what I know...the corp of cadets will dominate your daily life but you will still have a little free time for clubs and activities with regular students too.
     
  9. Frankie

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    Would you need passes and such to leave the campus?
     
  10. philmont

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    RancidRancid

    I think you know what to do based on an excerpt of your post last year:
    "My heart is still in Vermont
    In my room
    In Wilson hall
    With my roommates
    And the platoon I never met
    In a company I was never ment to be in."

    And now from Gen. George S. Patton: "After you make a decision, do it like hell – and never take counsel of your fears."
    Gen. George S. Patton

    I will try! Norwich Forever:thumb:
     
  11. CoachBart

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    Passes to leave campus

    As a freshman...you are restricted to quarters a lot of the time but your free time is your free time. I think DS had to obtain permission to attend a few club things in the evening.
     
  12. RancidRancid

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    Yes this is true. But that was me last year. Through unbelievable difficult trials and tribulations of life I had to go through these past 9 months, I think UNG is the place for me. I am a different person then I was then, I have grown up a lot, matured, and have a different perspective on things. In a lot of ways, a year off was great because I was able to mature, by facing life head on with tremendous difficulties that laid in my path (my mothers breast cancer, my sickness which included pain on a regular basis and a trip to the ER, were both fine now, my grandpa passing, putting my dog whom I've had more then half my life to sleep, my brother moving out, my friends being gone) there's just been a lot of hard things thrown my way that have made me change as a person, so the person then, who wrote that, perhaps her heart was still in Vermont, but this person now, I think her heart is in Georgia.

    It's important, I feel to not make decisions based on sentimental reasons, rather which has the lifestyle and academics best for you to pursue and succeed; UNG is that for me

    I'm 99 percent there, just wanna tour the campus which I am doing in April.
    I'm filling out all my paperwork and such so that after the tour if I like it I can hand it all in and my deposit :)

    Best of luck to all :)
     
  13. CoachBart

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    At North Georgia you might enjoy...

    I don't know if you attend church regularly but DS found out about a club called BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministries) while at UNG and since he was from out of the area and did not know anyone at all in Ga it was cool that he was invited to several cookouts and concerts throughout the semester and made lots of close friends which was a great support group for him while he was away from home. He also was in a couple of more clubs but this one was one of his favorites. So if you go there you may want to check iit out.
     
  14. navygirl89

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    Gen. Patton's great great grandson is at UNG
    :wink:

    That being said I think it depends on the other things you are looking for. I've never seen Norwich and I've visited UNG a couple of times, so I'm just gonna list the some aspects of UNG and hopefully someone can fill you in on the Norwich side of things.

    -Both have civilian and military students
    -UNG is the only Senior Military College which doesn't have all branches of ROTC, so they are more focused on their Army program
    -If you like to do things like hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or exploring in general North Georgia is great because Dahlonega is full of outdoorsy stuff
    -North Georgia is pretty cheap (your first year is the most expensive at a grand total of about 18,500 (this includes tuition, room, board, books, uniforms, activity fees everything else); tuition alone at Norwich exceeds 31,000)
    -North Georgia is a smaller school with fewer people, but since it's a Senior Military College you are still guarunteed a Commission
    -You are allowed to join Sororities and Fraternities once you get off Quarters (mandatory study hours), and can join clubs even before that with express permission
    -It's a dry campus but you can always drive down to Atlanta or Athens (home of one of the biggest party schools in America :thumb: )
    -If you're into Moutaineering, you HAVE to go to UNG because Mountain Order of Columbo http://ung.edu/military-college/organizations/mountain-order-of-colombo.php

    In the end I think both colleges are probably great, though in different ways, and you have to choose what's right for you and have fun doing whatever you choose to do so you never regret the decision you make
     

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