Through the process of preparing my Plan B I have come to realize that I have 2 options; stay in-state and make it easier for the reapplication process or go out of state and attend a more competitive school. I have been accepted into several highly ranked Engineering programs and am trying to make this (very difficult) decision. In the case of receiving the NROTC scholarship money would not play a role in this, but all of the out-of state schools cost 40k-70k/yr (almost 4 times as much per year) solely for tuition. Could anyone provide their experience with in-state or out of state reapplication? What about the relative competitiveness of the school, did that play a factor in your decision? What about contingencies in the likely event of a TWE? More info on the schools: UMD-CP is the cheapest and highest ranked school on my list and remaining in-state provides an easier route for me to reapply as the interviews would be close by. It is also one of the higher contributors to Nuclear Power School Candidates- alongside Drexel (BS/MS EE program+ Nuc. E minor) which also offers me several great opportunities- but is several times more expensive and would pose travel issues during the interview process. At RPI (Nuc. E) I have the opportunity to play D3 field hockey and be a main contributor on the team, and at WPI (BS/MS Undecided Eng.) I have the ability to travel abroad and work on a project in conjunction with my major (fulfilling graduation credits) with little to no impact on NROTC leadership capabilities.