Auburn NROTC

ImpatientMom

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Hi all, DS just got his TWE from USNA. I feel like we have been in a holding pattern for 6 months as he got his application in early. It was freeing to know where we are headed. He was devastated since he has prepared and longed for USNA since 8th grade but back up has always been Auburn. His goal has been to become a Marine officer since kindergarten and there are many ways to do that outside USNA. He does plan on re-applying to USNA to keep the option open. However, he may get to Auburn and withdraw his application or if he gets an appointment next year decline it because he likes the NROTC route.

I was wondering if any of you folks had sons/daughters in the NROTC program at Auburn. He got an academic scholarship at Auburn and is in line for a couple other academic ones as well. I find the scholarship stacking intriguing and want to understand that piece. He missed the cutoff for the scholarship going in as a freshman this fall due to concentrating on USNA application processand football (it was intense at the house!). Plus, having 33 credit hours going in with AP classes, he was disqualified from getting the scholarship anyway due to the initial 30 credit hour limit. He is going to enroll in NROTC at Auburn. Can anyone give us a clear picture of the Auburn NROTC program and how they like it? Is there an option to get the NROTC scholarship second semester freshman year? I am new to military ways so, unsure of the process. USNA appication process was a learning opportunity that I would hope to leverage and not have for NROTC. Any help is appreciated. Glad we know where he is going and happy to say, "Go War Eagle!!!"
 

kinnem

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@ImpatientMom Your best bet on scholarship stacking info is to call the bursar's office. I'm sure stackability will vary with each scholarship. There will be a few opportunities to apply of a scholarship freshman and sophomore years. The first will be to (re)apply for the high school scholarship. I know they have a 30 credit hour limit but I'm also pretty sure that if your DS will be spending 4 years there then he will be able to apply. In any case his MOI will be able to help him through the process. BTW - do you know if Auburn will accept all his previous credit hours? Might required courses for his major keep him there in any case?

DS did not win a scholarship out of high school. Through hard work he was awarded a scholarship the middle of sophomore year. I think it made it so much sweeter that way. IMO the only thing better than being a MO midshipman is being a Marine officer. Good luck to your DS. Good times ahead for him. Tell him to give it 110%.
 

ImpatientMom

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Glad we know where he is going and happy to say, "Go War Eagle!!!"

They just say War Eagle.

Cheer for the winner though and yell ROLL TIDE
:thumb: I have a niece graduating from Alabama this spring and my husband grew up in that state. He always cheered for the tide until now... he's got to adjust
 
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ImpatientMom

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@ImpatientMom Your best bet on scholarship stacking info is to call the bursar's office. I'm sure stackability will vary with each scholarship. There will be a few opportunities to apply of a scholarship freshman and sophomore years. The first will be to (re)apply for the high school scholarship. I know they have a 30 credit hour limit but I'm also pretty sure that if your DS will be spending 4 years there then he will be able to apply. In any case his MOI will be able to help him through the process. BTW - do you know if Auburn will accept all his previous credit hours? Might required courses for his major keep him there in any case?

DS did not win a scholarship out of high school. Through hard work he was awarded a scholarship the middle of sophomore year. I think it made it so much sweeter that way. IMO the only thing better than being a MO midshipman is being a Marine officer. Good luck to your DS. Good times ahead for him. Tell him to give it 110%.

He's looking to double major (ME/EE). The only classes he says he wants to take in college that he would get credit for due to APs are Chemistry and Physics. His dad and I are both engineers so, we told him some classes at engineering schools are actually worth retaking even if you would have placed out of them. He still has USNA dreams but he hasnt live a Freshman year at Auburn yet
 

rocatlin

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In all seriousness, while the Naval Academy is often a great dream goal, there is absolutely nothing special about getting a Marine Corps commission out of there over getting a commission any other route. My son (and most others that ever got a TWE) felt the same as yours, but he is completely fine, okay, and even grateful not making it into the Academy. After a year at college, he saw reapplying to the Academy as a step backward. Having said that, I've seen some that put off a year or two of commissioning to go to the Naval Academy..

Of course, the main benefit of the Academy is that every expense is covered.
 

Dial the gate

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Impatientmom, well, one thing about this process: free PhD in patience! DS was waitlisted for USNA until May so we know how you feel, it is a tough process. He is at Auburn and loves it! He would be happy to show your son around or if he just wants to chat and get some questions answered. The school spirit there is amazing, advancing to the Final Four certainly keeps the spirit alive!
MO’s at Auburn are an amazingly tight and squared away group. DS struggled the first year with thinking about switching sides. He called me one night and said, “I think those are my people.”
PM me if you would like. Good luck!
 
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