Rolling Admissions?

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  1. Jun0602

    Jun0602 Member

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    Does NROTC (or other ROTC) scholarship programs do rolling admission?

    Also, I heard from a recruiter that NROTC office accepts applicants every end of month. Is that true? I'm asking because my class is fairly competitive so I was thinking of starting before everyone else. Thank you
     
  2. navymomwannabe

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    No as far as I know NROTC does not accept applications every month. They do accept starting soon (June maybe?) until Jan-Feb. but that is it. I am not sure what you mean by your class is competitive? NROTC is a national competition. You are competing with the entire country for a slot. It is certainly to your advantage to get your paperwork/interview done early. No question. My son's paperwork was in Pensacola by Labor Day and I thought that was early. Not even close. Lots of people were done in June. 7 months later he received his scholarship though.

    good luck!
     
  3. kinnem

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    +1 to navymomwannabe. I also would not use the term admission with respect to any ROTC scholarship. Some scholarships are awarded after each board. For NROTC and AROTC it is your responsibility to be admitted to the college identified in the scholarship. You might be able to get it transferred to another college if you are not admitted, but there is no guarantee. AFROTC allows you to pick any college that has an AFROTC unit.

    I'm confident you already understood all of this, but because of the terminology you used I wanted to be certain you understood.
     
  4. Jun0602

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    Thank you for the helpful information. By competitive class, I meant many students are planning to apply for the scholarship, which means ill be competing for recommendation letters, etc... Yes, I understand that it's a national scale competition. If I may ask, what was your son's GPA and test scores by the time he turned in everything?
     
  5. Jun0602

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    Thank you for the helpful information. I didn't know the term 'admissions' applied for college only. When you are awarded the ROTC scholarship, do you have the freedom to choose from ALL the colleges that you were accepted to even if you didn't mention the college names in the ROTC application? Of course with ROTC unit. Thank you.
     
  6. USMAROTCFamily

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    With Air Force ROTC, you can use the scholarship at any school that has AFROTC. Depending on the type of scholarship, there are limits to the dollar amount it will pay, which you can read more about on their website. For Army ROTC, you can list up to 7 schools, in order of preference, that you would like to attend that have the ROTC program. When awarded the scholarship, Cadet Command, will typically either tell you which school it is awarded to or give you a choice of up to 3 schools that you can pick from. In the past, they had offered more, but this year, I don't believe anybody was offered more than 3 schools to chose from. These may, or may not, be at the top of your list that you had submitted. With Navy ROTC, you list your choice of schools, in rank order. If you are awarded a scholarship, they will award it to one school only, based on if they program still has scholarship slots available. So if you are awarded a scholarship at the very beginning of the scholarship offer period, then you would get it to your top choice school. If you are awarded a scholarship very late in the scholarship period, your top choice schools maybe filled up already and then they would keep going down the list of your schools to try to find one that still has space. Each of these programs usually have multiple scholarship boards, so if your applications and submitted very early, you have more boards that you will have an opportunity to get a scholarship from.
     
  7. dunninla

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    No. Your scholarship stipulates one of the colleges listed on your NROTC application. It also stipulates whether the scholarship is for Tier I, which is mostly Engineering, Tier II which is mostly science/math, or Tier III which is everything else. Only 15% of scholarships are for Tier III.

    If you were awarded a scholarship to one college, e.g. Tulane, and you didn't get into Tulane, then NETC (the scholarship process occurs within NETC/NSTC) will see if any of the other colleges on your list, and to which you were admitted, has an extra open NROTC midshipman slot.

    If you are awarded a scholarship but were not admitted to any of the colleges on your list, then NETC will work with you to find a college that will allow your application to come in after the application deadline, and try to help you get admitted so that you can make use of your scholarship. Don't forget NROTC pays full tuition, whereas most students get financial aid, so there is some incentive for a school to take in a full tuition student on a one-off basis.
     
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  8. navymomwannabe

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    #1 in his class (although there are more than 1 number 1...no valedictorian)
     
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    Just so the OP is clear, if you receive an Air Force Scholarship you can take it to any college/university that has a AFROTC Detachment as explained by USMAROTCfamily.

    The others have been explained.
     
  10. Jun0602

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    I thought I knew about ROTC scholarships... lol how wrong. Thank you for sharing such important information. I took notes
     
  11. Jun0602

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    Thank you for your reply. I took notes. Such great information. Is there a difference in chances of getting the scholarship between tier 1 and 2?
     
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    Although there is a written mandate for Tiers I and II to total 85%, there is no distinction between them for the mandate. However, I can almost guarantee you that Engineering always trumps any other major. It shouldn't matter to you though, really, because if you don't already want to be an Engineer, if you're not already a whiz at math and calculus, and you don't understand what a rough path that is academically, you should NEVER pick Engineering as your major. Of those who go into it with eyes wide open/// even 35% of them typically drop the major within 18 months, either by their choice, or the Department's.
     
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  14. Pima

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    Great advice dunninla

    So many hs seniors don't know what they want to do regarding careers, and many opt the engineering route because academically they think that is the course they are on since they are taking APs, and the highest level of math and science. However, the fact is engineering is a tough road to hoe.

    It is not only about being a whiz, but enjoying those courses more than you enjoy APUSH or APENG, etc.

    At VT the students on the first day of classes are told look to your left and your right because come graduation day 1 of you will not be an engineer.
    ~~~~ They actually set up registrar tables outside of the engineering building during finals week because they know students will be changing their majors at a much higher rate than any other degree.

    I am not saying don't go engineering, I am saying don't do it to game the NROTC system. I.E. 85% go STEM. I won't speak for NROTC, but AFROTC system is the same regarding % awarded. If the scholarship recipient decides to switch majors from tech(STEM) to non-tech they will need approval from HQ AFROTC and in this current environment it is unlikely they will get approval to switch, thua they will lose their scholarship.
    ~~~ They are left with two options, fins a way to pay on their own dime or stay with the major and tough it out for the collegiate career.

    Food for thought.

    For every candidate, here are a couple of things to understand.

    1. AFROTC does not include your Sr. Yr. academic course load, ECS, nor do they super score your SAT/ACT. It is best sitting. To feel safe as a tech major, the best sitting needs to be 1300/29. Non-tech you need to be higher.
    2. Get in front of the things you have control of for this process.
    ~ DoDMERB trips up a lot of people. Take a gander at the DoDMERB forum on how many threads exist because a doc prescribed an inhaler as a preventive measure for asthma. How many never thought a but allergy could be a problem, How many never knew they had a color deficiency vision issue (huge for NROTC, not so much for A/AFROTC)
    3. PFA.
    ~ AFROTC requires it for boarding issues.
    ~~~ Scholarship, be it A/AF/NROTC to contract you will need to pass the PFA. AGAIN, take a gander at old threads, many kids bust the PFA the first week of college. I believe NROTC does not require the PFA for a scholarship, but you can't get the scholarship activated without passing the PFA.
    4. To the best of my knowledge there has never been a 100% scholarship rate for commissioning four years later. Make sure that you can afford to attend the college of your dreams without the ROTC scholarship.
    ~ AaSk yourself why do they give that freebie freshmen year? Answer, many leave. Nobody enters thinking they will leave, but many do because JROTC is not ROTC. Just like APs are not college classes,

    Best wishes and luck.
     
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