NROTC acceptance and College Match?

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  1. Jebersole

    Jebersole New Member

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    My son has completed his packet and interview. He's hoping for what the recruiter said will be an early look in September. He is in the process of completing his college applications, most early action, early decision notifications are in December and regular notification January through March and later. My question which the recruiter has been unable to answer is. Can you be offered an NROTC scholarship prior to acceptance at one of the colleges on your NROTC list?
    Thank you
     
  2. NavyNOLA

    NavyNOLA Member

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    Yes. The two processes are entirely unrelated.
     
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    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    This is why your DS should include at least one "safety" school on your list!
     
  4. Jebersole

    Jebersole New Member

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    Thank you NavyNOLA,
    If he were fortunate enough to get selected by an early board and gained acceptance to several colleges on his list in say... March, how would the "match" be made?
    Appreciate your assistance
     
  5. USMAROTCFamily

    USMAROTCFamily 5-Year Member

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    The Match is basically made first come, first serve. Each University has a specific number of scholarship slots. If your DS is selected for a scholarship, they will look to his list and if his #1 school on his list still has scholarships available, he will get it to that college. If they do not, then they will move down to his #2 college, and if that school has a scholarship available, then that is where the scholarship is granted to. And so on..... Some very popular universities fill up early in the scholarship cycle, as many applicants put these as their top choices (ie Villanova, University of San Diego, Notre Dame, etc.)
     
  6. Jebersole

    Jebersole New Member

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    That makes sense, thank you!
     
  7. ProudDad17

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    It is important to note,the scholarship is assigned to a unit when it is awarded, based upon your DS' rankings of his schools. So, if the scholarship is awarded on an early board, say in Sept or Oct, it would be assigned to a unit at that time, before your DS has been accepted to the school. If your DS does not end up getting in to the school where the scholarship is assigned, he will have to transfer the scholarship to another school. Once the scholarship is awarded and assigned, the five schools he listed no longer mean anything. He can request to have his scholarship transferred to any school with an NROTC program, even if he did not list it on his original application.

    This is where what @USMAROTCFamily talked about comes into play. Say, for example, your DS is awarded a scholarship and it is assigned to his #1 school, but he ends up not getting into that school. He would then have to request the scholarship be transferred to another school where he did get in. The later in the process this occurs, the more likely a program may be full and your DS would have to move down his list. Some on here advocate listing a "safety" school as the #1 choice. Others advocate listing your schools in the order of where you really want to do. This is what my DS did last year and it worked out for him. His scholarship was awarded early in the process and assigned to his #1 school. He was initially deferred on early action, but accepted early on during regular decision. Bottom line, it is good that he is getting his NROTC application in early and that he is applying early action.

    One last thing; units may not fill up as much as they have in the past. There have been threads that the Navy is decreasing the number of 4 year scholarships awarded, but there has been no indication they are going to decrease the number of scholarship slots available at each school.

    Good luck.
     
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    USMAROTCFamily 5-Year Member

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    DD applied Early Action to her #1 school. She was awarded her NROTC to that college before the admission decisions came out. So, we sweated it out awaiting the admissions decision. Luckily, she got in, but it was quite stressful.
     
  9. Jebersole

    Jebersole New Member

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    Thank you Sir,
    This has given us a much stronger understanding of the process.
    All elements of his packet were complete about 30 days go, interview was conducted two weeks ago, hoping he'll get a look at an early review however waiting now for this to be reflected on Netfocus as it currently reads.

    Items waiting to be processed
    • Counselor Evaluation (Page 9)
    • Math Teacher Eval
    • Other Teacher/Coach Eval
    • Transcripts
    • Officer Interview
     
  10. ProudDad17

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    Agreed, although it seemed to be more stressful for me than for him. When he was initially deferred from his #1 school, I suggested he consider transferring the scholarship to his #2 school, where he had already been accepted, then transferring it back to his #1 if he was accepted. We had already been told the unit at his #1 school does not fill all their scholarship slots, due to how hard it is to get into the school. DS said he was confident he would get into his #1 school and decided to wait it out. It worked out for him and he is there now, loving it so far.