Question on Citadel

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  1. T-Bone

    T-Bone Member

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    My DS recently received a 3 yr AROTC scholarship to his in state public university. He is very grateful and excited but he really wants to go to The Citadel. He has already been accepted, attended pre-knob days and is gung-ho Bulldog. Just one problem....$$$ to be an out of State student!! He will try for the transfer but from what I am reading it will be tough since the schools are in different brigades. Any thoughts on the best way to work on this? Should we make contact with the Citadel AROTC office? Any guesses on his chances to even go in as a freshman and try to earn a 3 or 3.5 year offer if he can't transfer his scholarship?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. angryundead

    angryundead The Citadel | 2005

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    Going to The Citadel is a huge financial commitment... and I understand your trepidation. I'll try and break this down into a few different sections.

    Transfer scholarship to The Citadel
    If this is something that you seriously want to do then you should be contacting The Citadel's Admissions and AFROTC departments right now. If I remember rightly from my days as a cadet there is a fair amount of competition for good/eligible scholarship recipients. You should get on the horn as soon as possible.

    Going in as a freshman and earning a scholarship
    This is a little bit harder to estimate. He would need to have good grades. Good is a relative term because the military lifestyle hits the GPA by 0.25 to 0.5 points at a minimum. Secondly his major will impact his chances as well. A EE, CE, or CSCI has a much better chance than your run of the mill PoliSci or BADM major. I know this because my own AFROTC scholarship (4 year, Type 2) offer was made mostly because I was in the CSCI program. (My DODMERB found me medically ineligible though.)

    I'd also like to note that all of my friends who wanted scholarship received 2 or 3 year contracts from the service of their choice.

    The Citadel graduates something near commissioned officers a year. This equates to ~40% of the graduating class. Not everyone, however, has a scholarship. (And not everyone competes for one: some people decide to commission a week before graduating.)

    Either way I'd be a bit of a helicopter parent on matters of finance because, as everyone knows, there are few other aspects of cadet life you'll be welcome to do that with.
     
  3. ncmom26

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    :rolleyes:
    Thanks you for this. These are things I've been wondering as well, particularly going in and earing a scholarship as a freshman. There is little information available on how often this happens.

    DS is a knob this year and is working toward this. Hopefully we will know soon enough......
     
  4. T-Bone

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    Thank you very much for the information! It is very helpful.
     
  5. angryundead

    angryundead The Citadel | 2005

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    It's always a nail biter. My roommate was sworn into his contract the day after his exams ended when we were freshmen. Pretty much the same thing happened to another friend of mine. Both got 3 year scholarships. Up until then though all they got were soft assurances that they would 'probably' get one.
     
  6. Full Metal Bulldog

    Full Metal Bulldog Citadel Class of 2016

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    I matriculated last August with no scholarship, the day I left for Christmas Furlough I was sworn in with a newly earned 4-year Army scholarship. Depends alot on the branch (only Army does on-campus 4-years, the Marine Corps has no money pretty much, Air Force and Navy are in the middle, good chances of a 2 or 3 year if you're a STEM major).
     
  7. angryundead

    angryundead The Citadel | 2005

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    Truth!
     

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