Discussion in 'ROTC' started by cardinal602, Apr 24, 2009.
How is the Battalion at Holy Cross?
Holy Cross in Boston? It's a cross-town affiliate of Boston University so you'd be traveling much of the time to BU for your ROTC classes.
Are you interested in ROTC, NROTC or AFROTC?
Cardinal: Sea Lion gave you bad info here. Holy Cross is a great school -not in Boston, it's in Worcester a city of about 200,000 45 miles west of Boston. Holy Cross has an old and very respected NROTC program with a long history. If you are interested in AROTC or AFROTC at Holy Cross, you would cross town at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) programs which is about 15 minutes away from Holy Cross.
Holy Cross NEAR Boston? There fixed it. Holy Cross NROTC is cross-town to BU.
Take it away, Bruno.
But it's not a cross town arrangement with BU. It has it's own unit and you attend NROTC cases there on the Holy Cross campus. It is the host unit for students that take NROTC cross-town from a number of nearby colleges including; WPI, Clark University, Worcester State ; Assumption and Nichols College. That's important because you would not want to make a trip to BU several times a week for NRTOC classes- it's an hour drive with about $7 worth of tolls and no parking in Boston, or $15 1 hr commuter train trip and would be a huge hassle to try and accomodate in a college students schedule- but you don't have to do so. You can take it there at Holy Cross, which boasts 16 flag officer alumni I believe.
The question about the "quality of an ROTC program" I believe is kind of a red herring. The ROTC programs will be very similar at any school you go to unless you are going to a military or Maritime college where the formal instruction is supplemented by the life style and additional related professional instruction. The questions you should be basing your decisions upon it seems to me are about the school itself- the majors it offers, the overall strength of its programs, the "feel" of the school and finally will you be comfortable as a student there taking ROTC (ie.. are you going to be ostracized wearing your uniform because you are at some ultraPC college?). Holy Cross is a very competitive Jesuit College which has a very good reputation and which has a long history of Navy ROTC on campus. Worcester is an OK City which has a lot of colleges within its borders.
Good luck Cardinal!
The cross-town schools for Holy Cross are Worcester Polytech (WPI) and Worcester State College - this is on the Holy Cross NROTC website; I don't recall hearing about the other colleges being affiliated, but I'm no expert. My son's NROTC scholarship was to Holy Cross but since he was wait-listed at the school, he transferred to RPI.
This may or may not factor into your decision, but I found out from the commanding officer of the HC unit that each ROTC school handles room and board differently. For example, RPI offers a special school full room and board scholarship to ROTC students but Holy Cross only covers room - board is the responsibility of the student. Villanova doesn't cover either. I never found out about the other ROTC schools he was accepted to.
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