ROTC

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  1. 15rcrisp

    15rcrisp New Member

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    Hi I was wondering if I could get your opinion on how competitive I would be for an ROTC scholarship and/or the Nursing program.

    Junior
    3.2 GPA
    24 ACT
    SAT scores pending
    Varsity football
    3 year FFA officer
    1 year District FFA officer
    EMS volunteer
    Multiple college credits, medical terminology, Speech
    10 years in 4-h, Leadership, livestock, ect
    4-h officer on and off
    track, judo, golf

    any opinion would be greatly appreciated :) thanks
     
  2. QA1517

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    Here are some facts about 2013-14 scholarship recipients. If you're planning to compete for a four year national scholarship next year please consider the following:

    1. The average GPA was 3.5
    2. 80% of all recipients were in the top 25% of their class
    3. 64% were varsity letter athletes
    4. Most scholarship recipients pursued a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related major

    This was from the ROO at ds's school.

    GPA is a little low and ACT would be better above a 25, but you have time to bring the act up.
     
  3. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

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    Just realize that for now at least your choice of major will not have a baring on whether you are selected for an Army ROTC Scholarship, unless it is a Nursing Scholarship.

    Don't select a STEM major just because you think it will improve your chances for a scholarship.
     
  4. Pima

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    Silly question, but which military branch?

    An ACT score of 24 for AFROTC, unless out have a hook is deemed non-competitive.
    The avg ACT is 28 for The lowest level scholarship....type 7.

    College is choosing your major and where you live for 30 weeks a year,attending classes to 18 hours a week. Military is 365 days/52 Weeks/24 hrs/7 days. They get to dtecide where you live for at least four year.
    Mt. Home Idaho is the HUB of Elmore County with 16K people...AF. Along with Del Rio, TX or Minot ND

    Those basese aren't top picks for anyone unless they have family there.

    Just saying 4 years In AK when you were raised in FL might not be what you dreamed of as a 17 yr. old when you applied for every ROTC scholarship.
     
  5. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

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    OK, I'm lost.

    When did this thread switch where someone might get stationed.
     
  6. USN16x

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    I was awarded a 4-year arotc scholarship (nurse option) this year. I'm not an expert but I would say you need to get your gpa up to atleast a 3.5. Try to get high SAT and/or ACT scores. Take the hardest classes available to you, try to focus on the sciences. Keep participating in athletics and clubs. Get into leadership positions. Being an EMT will help a little!
     
  7. QA1517

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    sorry, stats were for Army ROTC.
     
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    AROTC loves FFA Offices for leadership positions...one of the things that really stand out on an application. My offices helped get me my scholarship :) So you're good there. Work on your GPA if possible(or wait and see what it's like after the end of this year) and definitely try to take the ACT/SAT at least one more time to see if you can improve your scores. Have you taken difficult/AP/Dual Credit classes? Having a lower gap but taking more difficult classes sometimes balance things out.
     
  9. Supertramp

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    I think you have a pretty good shot.

    For me, it was:

    3.5 GPA

    22 ACT

    Varsity Football

    Varsity Soccer

    Varsity Track and Field

    Company Commander (1 out of 4) for my JROTC Battalion

    Top 10% of my class


    My ACT was pretty low compared to most who applied, but I still received a 3-Year AD scholarship to my top three choices. That being said, I don't think you'll really have a problem.
     
  10. peestain123

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    Im not sure about your chances,

    i had a 3.7 (4.0+ weighted) GPA, NHS President, Eagle Scout, Varsity Letters, 1800 SAT, Boys State, and all of that good stuff and I barely got a 3 year AD scholarship....
     
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    I got a 4-year AROTC with:

    3.1 GPA
    Class rank 55th percentile
    AP Spanish Lang, US History, Calculus BC
    2110 SAT
    99th percentile ASVAB
    1 year JV cross country
    3 years varsity LD Debate

    Weakest areas were gpa, class rank, sports, ECs. Strongest were test scores and debate


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  12. Aglahad

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    Being nursing makes your chances a bit better. Even though they are cutting they will always need that constant pipeline with a separate pool of money
     
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    My daughter's school only accepts 30 nursing students per semester with around 100-120 applicants. Due to your leadership experience you might get an army scholarship but your current grades/gpa would not get you into nursing school. Most schools these days accept you as a pre-nursing major and you apply to nursing school between second semester freshman year through sophomore year depending on when the program starts at your school. You get a nursing scholarship then do not get accepted into nursing school, you could get stuck with a bill!
     
  14. Jcleppe

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    School choices will have a lot to do with being awarded a scholarship. A school like VMI will have a large number of applicants listing their school, this will make the competition much greater and the stats of those receiving scholarships will tend to be higher. Smaller lesser known schools will have less competition and will give a better chance to applicants with your stats.

    One thing, it was mentioned above that test scores can help, that's correct, although the ASVAB is not a test the scholarship board looks at. The ASVAB is a test given for enlistment and has no baring on whether to receive a scholarship.
     
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    So if I were to apply at Idaho State University, Washington State University and Boise State University what would the out look be? I would be applying for an Army ROTC scholarship, and maybe Airforce just to keep more options open.
     
  16. Dzall

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    The ACT and the GPA are low. You need to bring them up significantly if you want to be competitive. You should also be pursuing AP, IB and honors curriculum at your schools. I got three 4-year offers from AROTC and a 4 year offer from NROTC with an IB diploma, 3.8 GPA, and a 2160 SAT.
     
  17. Jcleppe

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    Your school choices seem to fit, ISU may be your best opportunity and you would want to list it as #1 or close to the top of your school list. WSU may be a bit harder with BSU somewhere in the middle of the three school to mentioned.

    Since you are a junior and the school year is almost over, raising your GPA significantly will probably not happen, you may want to think about re-taking your ACT.

    The 3.8 GPA and 2160 SAT mentioned in the above post is not a benchmark for AROTC, those stats relate to a NROTC scholarship which are a lot more competitive due to the much smaller number of scholarships NROTC awards, plus school choices have a lot to do with scholarship awards in AROTC.
     
  18. hardknock96

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    weighted?

    what about weighted GPA?
     
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    weighted?

    what about weighted GPA?
     
  20. Jcleppe

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    Not every school has weighted GPAs. There are many schools that simply calculate the GPA based on the grade the student receives, it doesn't matter whether the class was Honors, AP, or whatever.

    Because of this they will look first at the unweighted GPA and then do their own calculations based on the applicants transcript and school profile.

    Example:

    An applicant has a 3.3 uw GPA and say a 3.7 weighted GPA, unless they are ranked very high in their class this would be pretty low for WP and possibly ROTC. If they were ranked higher, 10% or so then it would carry more weight.

    The problem with ranking is that the schools that do not weight the GPAs can sometimes have a pretty skewed ranking.

    Example

    An applicant has a 3.7 or 3.8 unweighted, they took AP classes throughout school. The school does not weight the GPAs. Other students take no AP classes and very few college prep classes, they have 3.9 and 4.0 GPAs, these students will be ranked higher then the first student.

    This is why the do not just look at your GPA, why they do their own calculations, and why class rank and transcripts mean so much.

    An applicant with an u/w GPA of 3.3 and a weighted 3.7 GPA will be competing with applicants to West Point that have 3.7 to 4.0 u/w GPAs. an applicant like this might have a better chance with ROTC, depending on which schools they list.
     

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