I agree. Great write-up.
One variable that is often overlooked is the randomness of who your candidate is placed with. My son slept at three service academies and with one ROTC company.
At one service academy his handlers told him they were miserable and to go somewhere else. They slept-in...
Just don't rush into any decision. You have till May 1st. Try to visit the SAs where you have received appointments if you haven't all ready.
My DS had to make a difficult decision last year. We toured ships, visited Army forts, and met with the commander of our local Airforce base.
@TexasAggie204 When I read about the sacrifices your son made for his country I find it upsetting that colleges still consider ROTC tuition payments a scholarship. It is loan with a potentially high interest rate.
"...Oh yeah, this is why DW and I absolutely LOVE our current DS's full admission to USCGA. I actually MAY be able to get some sleep for a decade or so"
Until you turn on "Deadliest Catch" or "The Perfect Storm."
Here is something else to digest:
Most highly selective universities are needs-based for financial-aid purposes and your ROTC scholarship is counted against you.
Even though the military ROTC branch is paying full price for your tuition you may have received a significant portion of it anyway if...