NROTC College Waitlist

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  1. 5Day

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    DS has been waitlisted at his first choice college, the same school where his NROTC scholarship is placed. He has been accepted to other NROTC colleges, and he is still waiting on decisions from a few more schools. I have a few questions and some guidance would be appreciated.

    If we request a scholarship transfer, would he be able to transfer it back if waitlisted changes to accepted?

    On the placement change request form it asks "Have you been been offered admission to school currently assigned?" with the choices being Yes, No, Decision has not yet been made, expect to know by ___. I would think that waitlisted would be Decision has not yet been made.

    Can you (or should you) submit a new placement change request multiple times as college decisions are made?
     
  2. NavyNOLA

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    So here's how I see it.....admissions wait lists are a tricky business. They are meant to benefit the university more so than the wait listed student. A student will often sit on an admissions wait list until late April, if not into the beginning of May. At Tulane, practically no one was admitted off the wait list the past two years, but the year before that it was a few hundred. It will obviously vary from university to university.

    If your son keeps his placement at the university he is wait listed at, he's running a risk. The longer you wait to request a change of placement, the smaller the chance that the situation will work out as you desire. I'm not sure where he is considering switching his placement to, but units fill up as you get closer to 1 MAY. The sooner you request the change, the more likely that you will get it. That being said, there are certain units every year that never hit their scholarship cap, and you could switch into them after 1 MAY without a problem. The issue there, though, is that most schools have a commitment deadline of 1 MAY.

    There's nothing to stop him from requesting a transfer back to the original school were he to be accepted off the school's wait list. However, that's certainly not guaranteed, and the unit could fill up.

    Yes, if he is wait listed, the form should indicate "decision has not yet been made."

    Yes, you can submit a new placement change request multiple times. However, your mileage may vary with that approach, as it's quite the hassle for the Placement Office to deal with (imagine if 1000+ students did that all spring).

    If it were me, I would get an honest assessment from my admissions counselor at my wait listed school to see where I stood. If it looked like it would be weeks before I'd have an answer regarding my status, I'd look to transfer my placement to my second choice school that I had already been accepted into.
     
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    Thank you @NavyNOLA that is exactly what I thought. DS contacted the 4/C advisor at the school he is waitlisted at. The advice was to transfer the scholarship. As you would expect they could not guarantee that the scholarship could be transferred back, they did state that in the last year they had 5 participate in NROTC and the year before they had 4 with available slots for 25. Based on that past record, I would take those odds any day.
     
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    DS scholarship transfer request was approved within hours. Go figure.
     
  5. NavyNOLA

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    Yeah, some of the smaller units have caps much higher than the average number of scholsrship freshmen they receive each year. In the case of this unit, that's a positive for your son if he ends up getting off the wait list. With the overall reduction in the total number of Navy scholarships being awarded nationwide starting this year, I believe the caps will most likely be adjusted down at some point in the not too distant future. As they continue to stand up new units, freshman classes at certain units are getting tiny.
     
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    Yeah I talked to Placement today and that office is addressing placement changes and wait list requests a little earlier this year.
     
  7. Robo

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    My DS needs to request to transfer. :-(
    There are two forms NSTC 153-140 (Placement Change) and NSTC 153-142 (Placement Wait List).
    Can you help us which one my DS has to turn in?
    Thank you for your help in advance.
     
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    If your son desires to switch from school X to school Y, use the Placement Change request. The Wait List request should only be used if your son would like to request the OPTION to change at a later date and would like to establish his position on the list for a given school.
     
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