NROTC at Brown University

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  1. BrownNROTC

    BrownNROTC New Member

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    Hey everybody!

    I'm a Midshipman at Brown University in beautiful Providence, Rhode Island and want to reach out to the community to promote interest in our program.

    Currently, Brown is a crosstown school for College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. We commute to Holy Cross twice a week to complete our training. Currently, there are only three MIDN in the unit from Brown (including myself) and we've had a hard time growing our numbers because of the commute and because a lot of people don't know Brown is a school that allows the scholarship. My freshman year was the first year since 1971 that MIDN were allowed back on campus.

    While to commute can make the program a challenge at times, I'd like to encourage more people to apply to the school if you get the scholarship. We only had two students apply last year, of which one was accepted and later chose a different school. All three of us really want the program to grow at Brown, and we think that Brown's open curriculum, proximity to the Naval War College at NS Newport, and inclusion in one of the country's premier NROTC Battalions make the school a great option for potential MIDN.

    We're a tight-knit group of MIDN and we'd love to answer any questions you all may have. Go Bruno and go Navy!
     
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  2. beepybeetle

    beepybeetle H. pulchella

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    I am also a Midshipman at Brown. Feel free to slide into the DMs with questions, or preferably hit the thread up with any concerns.
     
  3. unkown1961

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    What do you mean by "open curriculum?" Thanks.
     
  4. USNAismyplace

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    Do you pay for gas to travel to Holy Cross or do you take public transportation?
     
  5. learningNavymom

    learningNavymom New Member

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    "Open curriculum" means that there are few or no University-mandated courses ("gen eds"), which makes it easier to fit in the courses required by the Navy (e.g. calculus, physics, naval science, military history -- and even more requirements if you're selected for LREC), while still completing the requirements for your major, allowing you to graduate on time. University of Rochester is similar.
     
  6. BrownNROTC

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    The open curriculum basically means that Brown does not have general education requirements (except that one course in each half of your time at Brown must be a writing intensive class), which means beyond Navy and major-specific requirements students are free to study whatever they would like. It offers a lot of academic freedom and gives students the ability to design their own curriculum. For me, that meant I was able to take on additional majors in addition to my Navy major (LREC Scholarship for Middle East Studies). For others, it gives them the opportunity to focus more deeply on a single topic. The possibilities are endless with the broad course offering, and its something that many people don't know about until they matriculate.
     
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    This is absolutely correct! We have a lot of freedom when it comes to what we study, which I personally love given the strict requirements set by the Navy.
     
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    Brown provided us with a Dodge Caravan for transport along with a gas card to pay for any fill ups we need. With only three Midshipmen one van has been enough for the time being, but in the future, we hope to expand the number of vans to accommodate new Midshipmen in the program. In instances where using the van is impossible due to maintenance or conflicting schedules, we have usually taken Uber or Zipcar to Holy Cross, which Brown then reimburses.
     
  9. beepybeetle

    beepybeetle H. pulchella

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    I have to also say that all three of us were scholarship recipients in high school so were contractually bound to the Navy. Brown was obligied to provide us with all necessary tools to allow us to fulfill our end of the service contract but it’s unclear what the situation would be for college programmers who are merely ‘interested’ - if you will - in joining NROTC. Obviously riding in the van would be fine but for CP midshipmen, the uber/lyft/zipcar reimbursement situation is less well defined.
     
  10. busdriver

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    My son received a scholarship. Sent an email to Brown NROTC and haven’t heard anything back. Other schools replied saying that they would notify the school admissions department of his pending school application and his nrotc scholarship. Is there a specific person we should reach out to? Brown is in his top 5 schools of choice.
    Pechung@yahoo.com
    Thanks!
     
  11. bronze267

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    I have received an ISR NROTC 4-year Scholarship, but I’m still waiting to see which unit they assign me to. However, Brown is a top choice school for me.

    Brown is very hard to get into. My question is, does getting a NROTC scholarship help with admissions? I’ve contacted Ms. Kimberly Millette and she says she’ll report my name to the Admissions Office, but I’m not sure if that will bear any fruit. Should I mention something on my application about my scholarship?
     
  12. BrownNROTC

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    Hi busdriver,

    I'll copy you on an email to Kimberly Millette, the Veterans and Commissioning Program Coordinator for Brown so that she can contact admissions. It is not a guarantee of admission, but if you have the grades and test scores to get in, the NROTC scholarship is a very good way of distinguishing yourselves from other applicants.
     
  13. BrownNROTC

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    Hi bronze267,

    Kimberly should be able to help in terms of the admissions office stuff. I highly recommend including your scholarship on your application to Brown if being a Naval Officer is something that is important to you. Brown loves to see your passion and they want to know you have some idea of what you want to do with your education. Let me know if I can help further!
     
  14. Gingermom99

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    My daughter is a crosstown 4C this year in the Boston Consortium and she is writing about NROTC for the admissions blog st her school . Perhaps Brown would be open to that? It’s a good way to give a sense of how things work day to day. If you PM me I can send you a link.
     
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  15. brown2023

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    Hi! I’ve just received an acceptance letter for Brown ED, and have also been awarded the NROTC ISR scholarship. Regarding NROTC at Brown, is there any sort of program/initiation that requires attendance during the summer prior to freshman year?
     
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    Hi brown2023,


    First of all, congratulations on your acceptance to Brown and your NROTC scholarship. Both are wonderful accomplishments that you ought to be very proud of. As for training, I believe this year they've decided to change summer initiation procedures slightly. In the past, you would have reported to College of the Holy Cross and then been transported to Naval Station Newport in Newport, RI for New Student Orientation. This year, Naval Service Training Command has changed the program slightly, so all scholarship recipients must report to RTC Great Lakes for their initial training before their scholarship activates. If memory serves, this is mandatory if you choose to accept the scholarship (which you definitely should). If you have any more questions as of now, PM me and I'll answer any Brown-specific stuff related to your situation by email.
     
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    Awesome, and thank you! Although I don’t have quite enough posts yet in order to PM you...
     
  18. BrownNROTC

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    I sent you a message with my email. Let me know if you did not get it.
     
  19. brown2023

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    Sorry, I did not receive it. But no worries! I’ll contact my recruiter if I have further questions, and will post here if I have any more Brown-specific ones.