Promising email from top college?

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  1. oklempay

    oklempay Member

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    I received an email yesterday from the captain of AFROTC at my top college congratulating me on winning a scholarship and also noting my application to his detachment, saying that "You seem highly likely to be accepted." (I was deferred during early action). Do you think he might already know my decision, or is he just being optimistic? Admissions decisions are released beginning in February and go through April. I think it's a good sign, but I want to know if anyone else got/ gets similar emails from det captains?
     
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  2. 5Day

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    For schools with huge endowments, like Harvard, Duke, MIT etc ROTC has no influence over admissions. However most schools do not have huge endowments. For those schools knowing that ROTC will be paying your tuition will influence the admissions board. Not knowing what school it is I cannot say, but it probably is a good sign.
     
  3. Pima

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    5day,

    I would not make that kid of generalization overall. For example, my DS never applied to UNCCH nor NYU, however, when Feb rolled around, he got letters from both of them, basically stating:
    Dear Pima's DS, we know that you did not apply to our college, but would like to offer you immediate admittance. Please remit the enclosed paperwork. Welcome to UNCCH.

    I swore this was a sham, so I called the admissions dept. to say somebody is scamming them. Their reply was, oh no, that indeed came from us. We were informed by a committee member of your DSs stats, and his AFROTC scholarship, so we offered him admission. The person that brought him to their attention was the CoC that sat on the admissions board. Same with NYU. Both of those schools have 2 - 3 BILLION in endowments. IOWS they were not hurting for money.

    Now UVA has 6 BN and ROTC has no impact on admissions. UMDCP has 850 million and has no influence on admissions. I am not sure about VT, 817 million, but from what I know the influence is agreeing to join the Corps, not so much having a ROTC scholarship per se.

    The point is I don't believe it is the endowment aspect at all, more likely I think it is tied with the fact if ROTC has a seat at the table for admissions. Nobody knows here whether the OPs school sits on the admissions board.

    It is also important to remember that for AFROTC the dets. are not competing against the 3-5 schools awarded to the applicant (A/NROTC), but instead they know that the recipient can take it anywhere they want to take it to for matriculation.
    ~ Get a type 7, but you need a type 2 to activate, than it is another wrinkle that A/NROTC doesn't deal with. oklempay has the ability to say I will convert the type 7 4 yr to a 3 yr type 2 to attend that school, and HQ AFROTC will just sign off on it...none of that hoping there is room left at the unit for scholarship recipients.

    oklempay,

    I would contact the unit directly (phone) and broach the subject indirectly. Col. Smith, thank you for your email. I just wanted to let you personally know that if I am accepted for matriculation to the school, it is my true intention to attend come this fall, HOWEVER, I was deferred to RD admission and at this time I cannot give you my decision until I hear back from the University.

    This allows them the opportunity to say whether they know anything, or maybe they sent that email as part of a mass email for all the candidates that are applying.

    If it is the latter, don't feel awkward by politely asking if they know when the date they expect the school to release the results.
    ~ This might give you some more insight of whether or not ROTC CoCs sit on the admissions board.
    ~~ Understand that if there are multiple ROTC branches at the college, they may rotate the ROTC chair. This yr. AFROTC CoC, next yr. AROTC, the following yr. NROTC.

    Hope that helps.
     
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  4. 5Day

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    I was looking at the question with a very narrow focus. I answered the question, "does the scholarship money influence admissions?" as opposed to the question "does the ROTC program at a school influence admissions?" Two totally different questions. Having someone within an institution routing for you is rarely a bad thing. Follow @Pima advice and contact the unit. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain. It is a good sign.
     
  5. oklempay

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    Thanks for the quick responses! The school is University of Michigan and I just sent an email to the Captain who reached out to me with what you suggested, Pima. My guess is that Umich will use the program as a whole to influence their decision rather than the scholarship money.
     
  6. VelveteenR

    VelveteenR Just gathering dust in the nursery...

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    GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I sure hope you are accepted to U-M, oklempay. I sure wish my son were going there...
     

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