NROTC major

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  1. Coby12998

    Coby12998 New Member

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    I've been reading up on NROTC a lot more lately and I've come to realize that the major you pick has a large bearing on whether you get the scholarship or not. They say tier 1 and tier 2 majors are the best I pick. Would biochemistry, a tier 2 major, be good to pick to give me the best chance of receiving the scholarship? Or should I maybe choose a tier 1 engineering major instead?

    Thanks!
     
  2. kinnem

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    Pick the subject you want to major in. There is no point in majoring in something your heart isn't into. To be successful you need to really be interested in your major. You will face enough challenges in ROTC without dragging yourself to classes you don't enjoy. About 85% of the scholarships will be awarded to Tier 1 and Tier 2 majors. There is no further breakdown that they provide. There is far more to awarding a scholarship besides your major. Being a Tier 2 vs a Tier 1 shouldn't hinder you if the rest of your package looks good. JMPO.

    PS. My son was a Tier 3 major and did not win a 4 year high school scholarship. He enrolled in NROTC MO anyway and picked up a scholarship during his sophomore year. There is more than one way to skin a cat.
     
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    Coby12998 New Member

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    Thank you for the info.

    One additional question: If I don't get chosen for any of the scholarships available, am I still able to enroll in NROTC, just without having my schooling paid for? If not, I can just apply for a scholarship again my sophomore year, correct?
     
  4. Gameengineer

    Gameengineer New Member

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    In the attempt to not derail this thread, my son and I had a similar question regarding majors. He has chosen Mechanical Engineering as his first choice but one of the colleges he is looking at does not have that major but they do have Engineering Physics. Looking at the course catalog they are very similar. Where do we find the list of Tier 1, 2,... majors for NROTC?
     
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    Yes, you can still enroll in NROTC without a scholarship. NROTC calls sch a person a college programmer. You can then apply for the 4 year scholarship the next year in either case, enrolled or not enrolled. One wold think they're chances are better if they are already enrolled and in any case they won't be a year behind if they are already enrolled,
     
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    Here is a link for your question.
    http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/scholarship_criteria.html
     
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    Google knows all. Look here: http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/scholarship_criteria.html
     
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    That reply was fast! I feel stupid for even asking because it took all of two minutes cuddling with Google to find that page. Thanks though!
     
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    "Cuddling with Google." Much more colorful than "Google is your friend."
     
  10. 5Day

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    From what I have heard there is no differentiation between Tier 1 and Tier 2 majors. Any major within those 2 tiers have the same chance of obtaining a scholarship.
     
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    This is accurate. Both Tier 1 and Tier 2 are considered technical degrees. The board does not make a distinction between the two in the selection process.
     
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    Do you have a source for this information? I don't mean to question you, just wanting to know if this is credible since you said "From what I have heard"
     
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    I'm the freshman instructor at Tulane NROTC and am very familiar with scholarship process. The info is accurate.
     
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    My source is what I have read here on the forums and now confirmed by @NavyNOLA . NavyNOLA is a NROTC freshman advisor and most likely either from New Orleans, LA or stationed at a school in New Orleans.
     
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    Okay, thank you to both of you.
     
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    Just pick a major that you believe you can be successful in, as well as one that you are interested in. Program-wide, there are a number of freshmen that fall on their faces in core engineering majors (mech e, EE, etc.) and then request a Tier change at the end of their first year. Many of these folks picked those majors because they thought it would help them get the scholarship, not because they were interested in/dedicated to pursuing them. I can't tell you how many mech e majors I see listed on scholarship applications these days! Do yourself a favor and pick a major that will work for you.
     
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