UW-Madison or Nebraska-Lincoln?

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  1. ZachL

    ZachL Member

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    I received a NROTC scholarship for Fall, 2013 to UW-Madison. Is there anyone else on this site who received one for there as well? UW-Madison does not make admission decisions until January at the earliest. I have already been accepted to Nebraska and I have had a lot of communication with the Unit and the school admissions folks. I'm thinking about requesting a scholarship transfer to Nebraska if they will allow it. Any help out there? Does anyone have experience with either NROTC unit?
     
  2. dunninla

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    which school do you prefer not taking NROTC into account?
    are you in-state for UW and out-of-state for Nebraska?

    FWIW, I have heard Madison (UW) might be the best college town in all of the US. never really heard anything like that about Lincoln.
     
  3. Aglahad

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    As far as extra-curricular bonuses, UW-Madison by far. But hey I have never been there, this is just coming from the gorgeous blonde transfer student in my class :biggrin: I have good things about Nebraska as well though...
     
  4. ZachL

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    I am a Wisconsin resident and I have visited UW-Madison. I was looking for some insight into NROTC life there. I plan on visiting Nebraska in January. Extracurriculars are a highlight in Madison from what I've heard, but I really want to become part of a tight NROTC Unit.
     
  5. Aglahad

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    Finding specifics about an ROTC unit is almost impossible because of cadre/senior mid leadership turnover every couple years. Every program trains to the US Navy standard and will prepare you to be a naval officer. That's it, the rest of everything is semantics, second hand info or guesstimations. Choose the school you feel most comfortable at.
     
  6. dunninla

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    which school is closer to a huge body of water? It is NAVY rotc you're interested in, correct? :shake:

    Seriously, aside from perhaps a mid from Nebraska posting here, I think your best bet is to actually visit the units at both schools. Find out everything you can from current mids.
     
  7. kinnem

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    I think you'll find the units a probably pretty much the same. As pointed out earlier they train to the same standard and the midshipmen generally form the same types of binds with one another. Trust me, you'll be bonded with your classmates after freshman orientation.

    That being said I'm sure there are some differences between the units. I'm told my son's unit is the only one in the country with a Boat Crew (special forces) club. I'm sure there are minor differences between the units that might catch your attention. Visit them both.
     
  8. cb7893

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    ZachL,

    I have been away for a while and have been lurking for before re-engaging.

    We live in Lincoln. DS1 is AROTC at a Big 10. DS2 has applied for NROTC Scholarship to several Big 10's including Madison. I will not comment on the quality, cohesiveness, etc of the NROTC units because I know nothing about either one. I will tell you the following:

    We want our DS's out of town, on their own, doing their own laundry, etc. We have several Lincoln friends with kids in Madtown. They love everything about UW, including the way they were treated at the football game in 2011; granted the Badgers spanked us. Barry Alvarez played here, was best friends with the former coach, and probably is the reason the new NU AD got his job, replacing a demi-god.

    Nebraska is more off the beaten path. Lincoln is a great town, but doesn't have the rep of Madison, Ann Arbor, Austin. Out of staters are rarer here, but probably more appreciated than in other places. Nebraskans automatically like anyone who would choose to live here. Also, many very successful Nebraskans move back here because it is such an easy place to live.

    Bottomline, you will not find two more sympatico people than Nebraskans and Wisconsinites. Smarter than outsiders think. Totally midwestern and totally devoid of attitude. You cannot make a bad choice between these two.

    All else being equal, assess the respective academic programs. UW has the higher profile rep, but in certain fields, NU is better. If you are visiting in Jan, feel free to PM me. We have close friends in several STEM fields at NU and would be happy to make an introduction.

    BTW. Dunninla. I know the distances to the oceans. I am a sailor from the south and our family vacations have always been to the Outer Banks, down in Kinnem country. Believe me, Chincoteague oysters:thumb: are better than Mountain oysters:thumbdown:.
     
  9. kinnem

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    LMAO. My reputation precedes me. :biggrin:
     

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