They offered him a full ROTC scholarship but since it is a 2 year college they only offer the early commissioning program meaning he signs on and can't reapply to West Point. His other option is self-sponsor and pay out of pocket and roll the dice with West Point again next year. They have a very high success rate with service academy admissions (greater than 85%) but most of their stats are from sponsored prep students. Obviously we want to support our son with whatever decision he makes and he loved the visit to Valley Forge so he is going there either way. Any suggestions?
First, your DS should get an opinion from his RC. Not all QNS are the same. You DS could have barely qualified or was a high qualifier. Assume you DS gets good grades and improve his SAT/ACT at a prep school or college, that should get him in next year.
Why do you say if he accepts ROTC scholarship, he can't reapply to West Point?
Personally, I prefer a regular college with ROTC over a self prep option. I, not to offend anyone, don't see any proof that a prep school increases someone's chance of getting into West Point over a regular college with ROTC. I worked with a kid that was either QNS or didn't complete the application several years ago. I was surprised he didn't get in. He figured out he needed to focus and needed the discipline, so went to Valley Forge and got into West Point next year. Didn't even have to retake the SAT as his scores were off the chart. I believe he would have still gotten into West Point even if he went to a regular college, because he knew what he had to do after his rejection.