Virginia Tech Corp of Cadets

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  1. Fezio1993

    Fezio1993 Member

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    Hello everybody.

    I am a candidate for the Naval Academy, but because it is so competitive I am using the NROTC scholarship as my backup plan.

    The two schools that I intend on attending if I use the NROTC scholarship are either the University of Virginia or Virginia Tech.

    Does anyone know if it is possible to attend Virginia Tech on an ROTC scholarship and NOT go through the Corp of Cadets?

    No disrespect to anyone who wants to do Tech's Corp of Cadets, but I just feel like if I am going to attend a Civilian university, I would prefer not to go that route.
     
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    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Yes- if you wish to participate in ROTC at Va Tech you have to be in the Corps of Cadets. The reverse is not true- you don't have to be in ROTC to participate in the Corps of Cadets
     
  3. vamom

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    Fezio...I would strongly suggest that you research both of these schools with respect to the ROTC DET you are interested in AND the percentages of grads who are commissioned etc.. VT is one of 6 Senior Military Universities in the country. UVa is not. You will have a very different experience depending on the one that you select. I know VT has a "spend the night" program..not sure about UVa. I strongly encourage you to take advantage of "interviewing" each, speak to the DET commander, cadets, etc. That is really the only way to determine which best fits your needs and long-term goals. Best of luck to you!
     
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  4. Fezio1993

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    Thank you for your comments.

    I understand the different... "flavors", for lack of a better word that doing ROTC at UVa and Tech would have to offer.

    I had heard around that going to Tech on a ROTC scholarship would result in participating in the Corp of Cadets, but I just wanted that confirmed.
     
  5. vamom

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    Fezio, our son is a freshman at VT and in the Corp of Cadets/AFROTC and has an AF scholarship. Yes, you must be in the Corp in order to participate in ROTC.

    You did not indicate your intended major. Sons major is Aerospace Engineering and being in the Corp provides a minor in Leadership Studies. If you are considering VT vs UVa, I would think that your major would play a role in that decision. UVa is not ranked nearly as high as VT in Engineering, but ranks higher in other majors. Of note: If you ARE an Engineering or STEM major, the majority of the Corp of Cadets and ROTC at VT is Engineering.

    I hope that all of your dreams come true! Best wishes for a wonderful freshman year, wherever you land!
     
  6. TWCSR

    TWCSR New Member

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    Fezio

    This may be a little late but worth reading for anyone who may see it now, but the NROTC at VT is one of the top in the nation. Outside of Annapolis it produces more Nuke power officers than any other school. It often has top graduates compared to other ROTCs across the U.S.
    So if you are looking for a great Navy program, VT has it. It is also a SMC which does have its own benefits. Yes you have to be in the Corps but that does not preclude you from having a college experience. Many Tech cadets are active in the Greek life programs, Student life organizations, clubs, you name it. Tech is like the best of both worlds.
     

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