Texas A&M in-state tuition scholarship/unit selection

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  1. taymcg12

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    I am considering TAMU for its petroleum engineering program as well as prestigious Marine NROTC units. Can anyone tell me how competitive the in-state tuition scholarship for cadets is as well as how competitive it is to get into a Marine unit such as the H-1 Rough Riders at TAMU. If anyone could also provide any input as to how competitive getting into the petroleum engineering program is, I would greatly appreciate it. I know that Mechanical and Civil are the most popular, so therefore probably the most competitive, but I cannot find much on the petroleum engineering.
     
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    Most of the search engines will take you to the collegedata.org site if you put in the terms freshman profile and the name of the institution. You can get an idea of where you stand vis-a-vis grades and standardized test results and the way it worked out last year. College confidential has a discussion thread on A&M and you can probably find out more about the petroleum engineering program. As I undersand it each of the schools, Engineering, Business, Ag, Liberal Arts, etc. do their own admissions once your application is submitted. The question regarding H-1 and is probably best addressed to the Corps, www.corps.tamu.edu. Under the contract section you can direct questions to staff and to students. The cadets who are part of the cadre will arrive back on campus on Sunday, Auguest 16th, and Freshman Orientation Week (FOW) starts on Wednesday, 19 August. You can also probably find a way to contact H-1 directly, but again, most of the cadets are out right now. Virtually all of the out of state cadets get in-state tuition regardless of whether or not they are contacted, but you can, and should, direct the inquiry regarding this issue to the cadet staff. Good Luck
     
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    Thank you for answering, I appreciate it! So do you know anything about which units at TAMU are good ones to get into? I keep reading that your experience at TAMU can be very bad and undisciplined if you pick the wrong unit. I feel as this is a question that the univeristy or corps itself cannot answer because they want to give rhe impression that all of the units are good. Just from initial research, H-1 seems like the real deal.
     
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    And also, so basically, as long as I am accepted to the university and the Corps, I will pay in-state tuition?
     
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    Yes, if you get into A&M, which isn't guaranteed for anyone anymore, you get can into the Corps, and this it is highly likely that you'd get a Corps scholarship which would qualify you for in-state tuition. As for units, you have to remember that a quarter (more or less, there will be attrition) of a given unit is new each fall, and a quarter of given unit (actually a bit less) will be leaving each spring. The point being, the people change. If you get in you'll attend a new student conference in the summer and you'll have a chance to pick a unit. Some of the units are band specific. Some of the units have an emphasis on one particular branch of the service. Some of the units are all-male, and some are gender integrated. You can also research the units by going to Corps website (corps.tamu.edu) and go to the new cadets tab you can pull down new links to the various units. You'll also be able to contact the various units, some of which are pretty good about checking their e-mail and others not so much. If you go to texags.com and go the forums and then to the military tab, you can ask questions about various units. I didn't attend A&M, and neither of my kids have been in H-1 so I don't competent to make any observations. Moreover, like schools, the right unit for one person might not be the right unit for anyother person. You can also use the connect with the Corps tab at the Corps website and ask questions of students as well as staff. Regardless of which school you attend you'll have lots of opportunities to excell, and you'll learn from some failures and ouches too. Good luck
     
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    Thank you for the detailed explanation. May I ask what units your kids are in?
     
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    Sent you a PM
     
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    Just jumping-in with Lawman here (who was my and my DS's guide through the TAMU process), A&M is considerably more difficult to get into, especially from out-of-state as Texas law regulates a smaller percentages of new students into their public university system (wish they did that out here in CA). There are many paths to College Station but if you are successful in gaining admission, you'll need to secure one of their various scholarships totaling more than $1K a year to be considered "in state". Two of the more widely know programs are JCAP (Junior Cadet Ascension Program) and Eagle programs; one requires 3 years (or more) in JROTC/class rank/solid SAT scores (this is for JCAP) or you need to be an Eagle Scout for "Aggie Eagle" I believe. There are others but my DS was accepted and went in as a JCAP recipient (he put in 4 years as a US Navy Sea Cadet). I've learned so much from the good folks on this board (especially Lawman for TAMU) and keep in mind, almost 40K freshman applicants last year for A&M and I believe only 9K regular admits. Place another filter over that where Texas, if memory serves me, restricts out-of-state admits to 10%....and that number of freshman (FISH) gets much smaller. Sounds like you are in great hands with Lawman and my DS starts his Fish year in a few weeks. Feel free to ping me if I can help at all....
     
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    Thank you very much! I may just take you up on that offer!
     
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    We had heard the same info about the competitiveness of TAMU. My DD received the JCAP scholarship this past year but did not get into TAMU as an out of stater. This was frustrating as a parent because we paid to travel there for the JCAP experience but did not find out about no acceptance until
     
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    I know about the Texas student automatic admission, but I read something on TAMU's website that confused me. It was another automatic admission link. Is it true that out of state students get automatic admission if they are in the top 10% of their class and score at least a 1300 (reading and math), with at least a 600 on both sections?
     
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    Sorry I hit send too soon!! She didn't hear about non acceptance until March. She did get accepted into their feeder program which guarantees that if you complete a year at TAMU Corpus Christi (or one of those other campuses) and maintain a 3.0 GPA, you will be admitted the following year. The catch was that her JCAP scholarship did not transfer and she'd have to come up with out of state tuition.
     
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    Unless things have changed, the Academic Admits are for Out of State applicants. My son was an Auto Admit last year as an OOS student based on his class rank and ACT scores.

    Also they need to be in the Top 25 percent, not 10 percent. Below is from the link you posted.

    Applicants qualify for automatic academic admission (but not necessarily to the major of choice), if they:

    • successfully complete Texas A&M's required coursework, and
    • rank in the top quarter of their graduating class on or before the application deadline, and
    • achieve SAT or ACT test score minimums (including Writing scores), and
      • combined SAT score of at least 1300 (Math and Critical Reading) with at least a 600 in each of these components, or
      • composite ACT score of at least 30 with at least a 27 in the Math and English components,
     
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    So since I am in the top quarter of my class, if I pull my math SAT up a bit (about 50 points from 1300) then I am an auto admit?
     
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    Since SAT's arent until October, can you tell me how I'm looking with plenty of EC's (as well as a few leadership positions), an internship with a multinational company, a job, a 3.65 unweighted and 4.16 weighte GPA, and a 1860 SAT (math-540, writing-610, reading-710)?
     
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    And I am in the top 10% of my class. I also attend morning college classes at program called the Piedmont Academy of Engineering and Technology. Its in VA, you can look it up. It is similar to a governor's school program. I also take plenty of other college courses. I will have almost enough credits for an Associates Degree when I graduate (although I want to go a full four years).
     
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    I'd suggest talking to the people at the Corps office, and then to the folks at admissions with your questions. Good luck
     
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    I just did 4 years in the Corps. I personally would not recommend H-1 as an engineering student. Please PM me if you want more detailed info and I would be happy to offer up some advice.
     
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    Thank you! I will PM you a little later if thats okay.
     

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