Which is better?

Discussion in 'Publicly and Privately Funded Military Colleges' started by nr116, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. nr116

    nr116 Banned

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    In terms of potentially having to reapply to the Naval Academy, would it be better to attend VMI or SUNY maritime. Both are great in that they provide the total military immersion. As of now, I think VMI would be better as it may be better known by the academy/members of congress. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Strength and Honor

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    Wherever you think you can be the most successful. It's not easy to keep good grades in the Ratline.
     
  3. bruno

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    I second this:thumb::thumb:

    You are trying to push water if you are basing where you go to college on what someobdy thinks will look better when chasing a nomination. The SA and nominating authorities will be far more impressed with the rigor of your Freshman college schedule and your performance, than they will by the rigor of your 4th class indoctrination as a "Mug" vs "Rat".

    Make your decision on what you really want to do with your life. If you are going to VMI and you aren't totally committed to staying there- you will hate it. Similarly if you want to be an English or History major- you are not going to like SUNY Maritime.

    This is a decision that needs to be made based on the school that fits you best, where you can thrive with the majors you want- and one of the things that you need to consider is what you want to do for a future other than the Military since there is a good chance that you will discover - as > 50% of the Service Academy graduates do, not to mention even higher % of SMC and ROTC commissionees- that you aren't going to stay on active duty for more than your minimum obligation if at all. Though few on board this forum seem to recognize this- more people than not Do not stay in the military for a career , and lots of gung-ho High School seniors discover as College Seniors that they have other things that they really want to do and the military is no longer one of those. So make sure that where you go and what you do is based on more than the lure of a uniform.

    Both of these are great schools and I have close ties to both- but they are different. Fort Schuyler in particular is a very specialized kind of school. If you are interested in a career in the Maritime Industry, or as an Engineer in the Power generation industry, or in Ocean Environmental fields- it is a great place to be from. Similarly- VMI, beyond the military aspects has a great reputation as a Liberal Arts college with a very strong Engineering program. Make your decisions where you can get the education and environment that you can excel in and then do so. That will maximize your chance of getting an appointment to USNA and even more important- will maximize your chance of success post college regardless of what that future is.
     
  4. billyb

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    Or just go to a good in-state U so it isn't so expensive. Take the same classes a plebe does (Chemistry, English, Calc, etc....), join ROTC and get straight A's.

    That would be impressive enough. No need to go to a military type school to impress the MOC or USXA.
     
  5. Soundchaser_Frank

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    Maritime is a State University of New York college.
     
  6. NAS

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    Tough to compare VMI to SUNY Maritime...
     

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