Does NROTC make you use AP credit?

NRTOC88

New Member
Hi everyone,

Does anyone know if NROTC makes you use the AP credits from high school when enrolling in college classes. I am considering retaking a few classes next year in order to help my college GPA and I want to make sure I am not locking myself in for higher level college courses by I signing up for AP tests.

Thanks You.
 
I've never heard any talk of that with my two kids. I think NROTC just wants you to get your degree in 4 years. And if you're going to a rigorous college, it's probably a good idea to take the classes again (and the school may not even accept AP credits- not all do). Good luck!
 

kinnem

Moderator
5-Year Member
No. Even the academies don't do that. You may want to reconsider. Retaking the class if you don't feel you've mastered the material is one thing. Being able to avoid the class altogether by taking an AP exam can be wise since it should let you get to your major courses faster and/or more focus on your major and/or just take fewer classes during some semesters. There's a lot of advantages to having those credits and there are no disadvantages.
 

5Day

Member
NROTC will not require you to use your AP credits, nor will the school. Use the AP credits to move into the next level class or to satisfy distribution requirements. Retake the course if you feel you have not mastered the material and then have to take the next level course. But don't take Chem 101 just to boost your GPA if you don't have to take Chem 102. You will find that all schools have classes that are GPA boosters. You just need to find them.
 

bman

Member
NROTC will not allow you to use AP credits to fulfill your calculus and physics requirements. You can use one semester of AP credit for each, but you have to take at least one semester of each at the college level (either repeating the class or taking a higher level). Or at least that was the case with my DD.
 

KKreis

Member
NROTC will not allow you to use AP credits to fulfill your calculus and physics requirements. You can use one semester of AP credit for each, but you have to take at least one semester of each at the college level (either repeating the class or taking a higher level). Or at least that was the case with my DD.
What happens if your Physics or Calculus was dual enrollment? So you come in with college credit for it?
 

NavyNOLA

Member
What happens if your Physics or Calculus was dual enrollment? So you come in with college credit for it?
NROTC requires that each midshipman be butt-in-seat at their assigned university (or a crosstown affiliate within the unit) for at least one calculus and one physics course each in the series. Even if a student came in with, say, AP or dual enrollment credit for Calc I and II, they still must take Calc II (or Calc III if desired) at their university. In certain rare cases waivers can be granted for taking the course at a different university (say, in the case of a transfer student), but I wouldn't count on it.
 

Norfolk63

BGO and MidDad
5-Year Member
Hi everyone,

Does anyone know if NROTC makes you use the AP credits from high school when enrolling in college classes. I am considering retaking a few classes next year in order to help my college GPA and I want to make sure I am not locking myself in for higher level college courses by I signing up for AP tests.
Thanks You.
This is a very good question. If your goal is to re-apply to USNA then it would be wise to retake your high school AP classes for your first semester in college, particularly Calculus and English. Why? Because you need a strong A in these two classes by mid-terms so that you can get your college professors to submit a strong math and English Teacher Evaluation for the USNA application. Obviously you want to get As in all of your first semester classes, but these two are the most important.

If you place out of these classes because of your AP scores, you run the risk of possibly getting a B (or worse) in a higher level Calc and English which will decrease your chances of getting an appointment. Good luck!
 

jiller59

5-Year Member
No. Even the academies don't do that. You may want to reconsider. Retaking the class if you don't feel you've mastered the material is one thing. Being able to avoid the class altogether by taking an AP exam can be wise since it should let you get to your major courses faster and/or more focus on your major and/or just take fewer classes during some semesters. There's a lot of advantages to having those credits and there are no disadvantages.
Agreed. DS was a Nuclear Engineering major and was able to start on his Nuke classes during his freshman year thanks to his HS credit (AP and dual enrollment). If not for the Navy classes and NROTC responsibilities, he could have graduated in 3.5 years. Many engineering majors need an extra semester. BTW he has completed Nuclear Power School and is partway through Prototype now. He is doing great!
 
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