Arotc School Listing Strategy

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Petry7, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. Petry7

    Petry7 Member

    Jul 29, 2013
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    Hey guys, I've seen a few threads like this but i'm not entirely sure how to go about ordering my schools.

    I live in Connecticut, so the schools that i'm applying to are mostly in New England.
    Currently my list goes:
    Providence College
    University of Connecticut
    Wake Forest
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    My brothers went to University of Connecticut and Providence College; neither did Rotc, but both enjoyed their college experience. Based on my brother's gpa and Sat scores, my mom is confident that I will be admitted to both PC and Uconn along with the other schools except for Wake and Illinois. Is it smart to have reach schools at the bottom of list, or should they be moved up? Even if I were accepted to PC, Wake, Or Illinois I wouldn't be able to attend without a scholarship due to their high tuition. What is the general strategy for ordering schools? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

    Feb 10, 2010
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    If you place your reach schools toward the top of your list and receive a scholarship to one of those school but are not admitted, then you will need to deal with requesting a transfer, not always a guarantee.

    Placing the schools you are confident you will be admitted will make life a bit easier if you get a scholarship to those schools.

    One issue that has often been addressed is that you should select schools that you can afford without the scholarship. There are several ways a cadet can lose their scholarship, if that happens for resons other then medical, you would be on the hook for the rack rate tuition that has been paid to date. You do have the first year that you can attend without an obligation to the Army if you are on scholarship and leave the program before the first day of your sophomore year. Once you start your sophomore year you have an obligation that includes what has been paid your freshman year.

    This is not meant to scare you, many cadets attend schools they would have otherwise not been able to afford, just be aware of what can happen. A MIP or MIC, among other things, in your sophomore year and you could end up owing quite a bit of money and then find yourself at a school that you can no longer afford.

    Make sure you look at all the possibilities and have a plan B if something should happen down the road, and there have been cases on this board of things happening.

    While they call it a Scholarship, it is really a loan that you are required to give a certain number of years to the Army as long as you graduate and commission, or pay back if you don't. This is not like other scholarships where if you fall below the standards you no longer receive the scholarship but are not required to pay back what's been paid.

    That being said, you should list your schools based on where you want to go, personally I wouldn't list all the reach schools at the top, maybe put one in your top 3.

    Best of luck
  3. NorwichDad

    NorwichDad 5-Year Member

    Apr 6, 2010
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    Really good advice, make sure to apply and engage for on campus scholarships and aid. Especially for the privates. It opens up a lot of options.
  4. dunninla

    dunninla 5-Year Member

    Jan 26, 2010
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    That is correct. It is not a scholarship, but a loan whose terms and conditions start the first day of sophomore year, to be repaid with a military service obligation, or cash. The loan is obviously larger to private schools, so those represent the greatest risk to the "scholarship" awardee.

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