SCHOLARSHIP BUT WAITING ON ADMISSION

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  1. Eagles21

    Eagles21 New Member

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    My Son was awarded a 4yr NROTC scholarship to his first choice school. :groupwave:
    He has been accepted to his other schools on his list but his first choice school says they don't do early admissions. Has anyone heard of those who were qualified enough to get a competitive scholarship like this but then not gain entry into the school? It is San Diego State University, not Yale or Harvard (not that there is anything wrong with SDSU just meaning IVY league would be harder to get accepted). Hopefully I am concerned for no reason and we find out prior to all the slots at his other schools being filled. We are so proud of him and for all the hard work this took. Good luck to all in their endeavors to serve this great nation.
     
  2. NavyHoops

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    Eagles21, has your DS talked to the CO at the det? He or she can probably provide the best view on his competitiveness for admission.
     
  3. nofodad

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    Yes. DS' friend got an NROTC scholarship to Holy Cross, didn't get accepted and successfully transferred it. It can happen...if he's been accepted to other similar schools, I bet you won't have to worry.
     
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  4. kinnem

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    Getting admitted to the college is totally separate from winning the scholarship. Yes, there are folks every year who win the scholarship but are not admitted to the college. If that happens he can attempt to transfer the scholarship to his #2 school or which ever school he's been admitted to. It's not guaranteed but it often happens successfully. They'll do all within their power to make sure the scholarship can be used somewhere. He would need to include a copy of the rejection letter he gets from the college. They don't start working transfers (as I recall) until late April and May which makes sense as many folks don't hear until April 1.
     
  5. HH6

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    My son has not been accepted to his #1 school yet (it is a very competitive school too), but he did get offered an AROTC Scholarship to the school. He will accept the scholarship and if not accepted to the school, he will transfer the scholarship to another school.
     
  6. NROTCHopeful45

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    Congratulations to you and your son! May I ask how you were notified?
     
  7. k2rider

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    Eagles21...first off, congrats to your son. From your other postings, I see you live in PA. I didn't realize that people living in PA even knew that SDSU existed as it's such a small profile school in the grand scheme of things. My wife graduated from SDSU and I have lived within driving distance of the school for 30 years. I can tell you based on what I know about their admissions policies **out this way**, I would be STUNNED BEYOND BELIEF if anybody qualified for an ROTC scholarship and didn't gain admission to SDSU. I wouldn't worry too much.
     
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  8. ca2midwestmom

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    ^+1 I think it also helps that your DS would be an out-of-state student at SDSU. At least in CA it has been harder for in-state residents to get accepted to public CA schools (so much competition, high % of international and OOS students accepted, etc).
     
  9. Pima

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    That is interesting. In VA, it is probably harder for OOS/international, especially VT (an SMC) and UVA. VA by state law caps OOS/International at 25-30%. UVA is considered a public ivy, thus a lot of OOS/international students will place it on their list.

    Don't get me wrong it has been harder for IS applicants because the cost of college has risen so high, many kids are now applying to all of the VA flagship schools (UVA, VT, GMU, JMU and VCU). However, the colleges are not admitting more, thus statistically it is harder due to the pool size.
     
  10. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    SDSU is also receiving a record number of applications which makes it more competitive to gain admission. I know of applicants who have been admitted to a UC and not admitted to SDSU.

    From the SDSU article:
    "The application period for fall 2015 closed on Nov. 30 with 81,080 freshman and undergraduate transfer student applications. That is an increase of more than 2 percent from last year’s record 79,135 applications for fall 2014."
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    http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news_story.aspx?sid=75352
     
  11. Pima

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    OMG, 81K?!?

    Reading through the article, I would think the OP should feel a tad safe. 1115 SAT avg is not OMG high! I know for AFROTC the avg SAT scholarship on the low end is 1280. I have to assume after all of the years here, that NROTC is averaging the same or higher SAT for their scholarship recipients.
     
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  12. k2rider

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    Doesn't change my opinion on whether he should get in or not. You have to also remember that the way the CSU "system" is set up down here, all you have to do is live within a certain geographic area and pass a set of minimum standards to be accepted to SDSU. Consequently, 90% of my kids friends applied there as a "safety" school. Considering we have more people in this county than almost 1/3 of the states in this country, the number of applications shouldn't be surprising.
     
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    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    Agreed on the CSU "system." It does favor those who live within the county. DS's friend who was not admitted was from outside the county.
     
  14. sheriff3

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    Eagles21 , have DS send a copy of the scholarship award notice to the admissions office ASAP. IMPO it would certainly not hurt his file and may give him a leg up. My reasoning is colleges are always looking for $$$ and in an ROTC scholarship they have a source willing and able to pay the full rack OOS rate.
     
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  15. Eagles21

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    Congratulations to you and your son! May I ask how you were notified?[/QUOTE]


    We were notified the day after the second board via email and then received regular mail notification about a week later. We did contact NROTC unit via email and they said it isn't unheard of for a scholarship recipient to not get admitted. I just wanted to post here and see if anyone else experienced this?

    Of course we know about SDSU. I spent my 10yrs in the Corps and frequented San Diego and still get there almost monthly. My son has been there quite a few times and what can I say he fell in love with Paradise. Plus being so close to the Naval base he is hoping to get as much info about his future as he can.

    Good luck to all
     
  16. Eagles21

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    We found out on the 15th that he was accepted great news. Plan A has worked. Still waiting on USNA but he may now be thinking San Diego is not a bad place to be. Any others headed to SDSU or USD, it looks like the 2 schools share the same NROTC command?
     
  17. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    USD is actually the base for NROTC but they operate satellite offices at SDSU.

    From the USD website:
    The NROTC Unit is headquartered at USD, which hosts the monthly drill periods, and has offices at SDSU. Naval Science courses are offered at both campuses.
    https://www.sandiego.edu/nrotc/
     

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