NROTC Chances?

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  1. caveom19

    caveom19 New Member

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    I am currently a Junior in high school and have not taken the SAT and ACT yet, I will be in a month
    If I get 1250 SAT 650 Reading/ 600 Math
    28 ACT
    GPA 3.6 unweighted 4.1 weighted
    College choices Fordham, Penn State, USC
    Intended major Aerospace Engineering
    Participate in Civil Air Patrol
    4 years Marching Band/Drumline section leader
    25 hours working on Private Pilot Liscense
    Worked at Caterpillar plant 3 months/ 30 hours a week
    What are my chances for the 4 year scholarship or 2-3 year?? I plan on becoming a pilot
     
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    You need to aim higher than 1250 on the SAT. DS had a 1350 and was declined for Marine Option. You also don't mention leadership or athletics, but perhaps you have examples of that which you didn't mention

    That being said, if you don't apply you have no chance of getting the scholarship.
     
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  3. jkim545

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    I got an ISR (Immediate Scholarship Reservation). To be competitive for a 4 year scholarship, I'd suggest in obtaining an SAT score of 1400 or higher, but I don't know about ACT since I never took it.(probably above 30). Like @kinnem said, have several positions like Vice President of a club and be active in athletics. Over the summer, or starting now, practice for the AFA (Applicant Fitness Assessment) to obtain high scores in push-ups, curl-ups, and mile run.
     
  4. 5Day

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    You do need to aim higher. I have in my notes from a previous post the average sat scores
    FY 2016 Class of 2020 - 1396
    FY 2017 Class of 2021 - 1416

    It is very competitive.
     
  5. tomcat70

    tomcat70 New Member

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    I received a National NROTC Scholarship Navy Option just this past month with 28 ACT and 1260 SAT.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Does the rest of your resume mimic OPs? Were you Marine Option or Navy Option?
     
  7. tomcat70

    tomcat70 New Member

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    3.99 GPA, 2 sport varsity athlete since freshman year, club founder, multiple community service projects, orchestra concertmaster, etc... I don't know all his specifics but I just wanted to include that my test scores, which I thought were significantly low compared to others, helped me to receive a national scholarship. I applied thinking that my application was not as competitive due to my scores; but, as so many people have said on this forum, you really never know what they are looking for. I applied Navy Option.
     
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  8. 5Day

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    NROTC SAT minimum is 1200 combined, so anything above 1200 qualified. But I would want to think that someone's goal would be better than minimum and even better than average to have their best shot at getting a scholarship

    Chances of getting a 2 or 3 year sideloaded scholarship are very high IF you do very well academically and in your unit. Again it is competitive. Average GPA from 2017 for sideloaded scholarship was 3.55 for a 3 year and 3.35 for a 2 year and 3.16 for advanced standing
     
  9. caveom19

    caveom19 New Member

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    Navy
     
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    caveom19 New Member

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    How does that work? Do they give you the scholarship for 2 or 3 years paying for college basically and then the 3rd or 4th year it’s our own dime? You still become an officer correct?
     
  11. eljay60

    eljay60 AFROTC parent, former ANC in USAR

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    It's the other way around - the first year or two you flip the bill. Once you prove you can cope with college and ROTC time demands, if you are good enough you get the scholarship and they finish paying for your degree. And you are commissioned after you graduate.
     
  12. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    +1 to eljay. I would add that you can commission without a scholarship if you are approved for the advanced course (ie continue past sophomore year without the scholarship).
     
  13. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Thanks. You demonstrated my point. Aside from a weaker SAT score your resume is outstanding. You can make up for weakness in one area by strengths in others. Nevertheless it always helps to have the best SAT score you can achieve, which sometimes means prep for the SAT or ACT.
     
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    What website are you using because the one I am using says that I can not apply until April 1st?
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    You're correct that applications don't open up until April 1. They're still busy with this year's applicants. At least that was true in the past and April 1 leaves plenty of time to get ready to start and even wrap up teacher recommendations prior to the end of the school year.
     
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  16. Ex.BT.USN

    Ex.BT.USN 5-Year Member

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    +1kinnem....
    Everybody should take the prior advise and be prepared. School as you all know will end in June. Once your teachers are gone the odds for recommendations becomes difficult. You want to be ready for that first board which meets toward the end of August. Most schools will not open until September and your teachers are not going to be into writing recommendations.