NROTC Navy Option National Scholarship Minimum ACT/SAT Increasing

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  1. NavyNOLA

    NavyNOLA Member

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    Due to increasing competitiveness of the NROTC Navy option National scholarship, the minimum ACT/SAT scores required to apply are being increased, effective 1 APR 17. For FY16, the average SAT score for a selected student was 1396. For FY17 (the current set of boards), the average SAT score for a selected student appears to be increasing by approximately another 20 points or so. As a result, minimum scores to apply have been increased. Here's the relevant excerpt detailing the new requirement:

    b. Applicants must have BOTH the minimum individual scores in the
    SAT/ACT Math and Verbal and a minimum Combined (Math plus Verbal) score in
    order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

    c. SAT/ACT Math and English / Critical Reading scores can be from two different tests; applicants can combine best Math with best English / Critical Reading scores to achieve qualifying scores. (Nurse and Navy Option only)

    (1) SAT:
    540 Math; 550 Verbal/Critical Reading
    AND
    1200 Combined (Math plus Verbal/Critical Reading)

    (2) ACT:
    21 Math; 22 English
    AND
    47 Combined (Math plus English)
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    I don't suppose you're aware of any new news on this topic with respect to the Marine Option front?

    I was pleased to see the web pages have already been updated.
     
  3. nmchules

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    Does anyone have information about the average SAT/ACT scores for those awarded an NROTC scholarship? These scores seem to be extremely low. I've had my application in for NROTC since the first board and my application still says, "No decision has been made on your application." I have a very strong resume across leadership, varsity sports and academic clubs and I'm trying to determine how to strengthen my application if I don't receive a scholarship this year. I was told that in order to be even considered you need to have greater than 30 on the ACT or 1400 SAT equivalent. I'm trying to focus on reaching mid 30 scores.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Those are minimum scores to apply and be considered at all. They are not necessarily competitive scores. If you look at the class profile for USNA you can be guided by the SAT/ACT scores you see there. NROTC scholarship winners usually exceed the USNA averages by a small bit, because the competition is not based on geography.
     
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    So, Average selected SAT score:
    FY16 - Class of 2020 - 1396
    Fy17 - Class of 2021 - ~1416
     
  6. NavyNOLA

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    No changes on the Marine side, at the moment.
     
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  7. nmchules

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    Thank you for the update! It seems I'm on track with my plan to boost my scores into the mid 30's
     
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    So college admissions aren't the only thing getting more competitive...
    Can't wait to see negative acceptance rates in 10 years!
     
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    goirish1 5-Year Member

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    In 2013 DS1 was awarded 4 year with a 34 ACT. In 2017 DS2 was awarded 4 year with a 32 ACT. In addition to the higher scores, it is the total package including leadership, varsity sports, taking the tougher AP classes, community service, etc...but especially leadership and tough academics.
     
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    Does this new directive apply to college programmers competing for 2 and 3 year side loads? I'm guessing just for the 4 year national scholarship.....
     
  11. NavyNOLA

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    SAT/ACT scores are not part of the 2 and 3 year side load apps, so no.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    I'm sure NavyNOLA is absolutely correct about the aforementioned minimums not applying to side load scholarship applications. Nevertheless, if you're near those minimums I would advise retaking the SAT/ACT to see if you can improve those scores. After all, it is a competition. Of course I'm already preaching to the choir but felt it needed saying.
     
  13. FastFood44

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    I was awarded a 4 year NROTC scholarship this year. Here are my scores "Highest Math SAT or ACT equivalent: 660, Highest Verb SAT or ACT equivalent: 800 "
     
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    Why is the English/Reading score is higher than the math if they want more engineers?
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Even engineers have to communicate effectively through writing. Also, it isn't like there is a gap of 100 points or something.
     
  16. nmchules

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    I have a question about applying for an NROTC scholarship If I do not receive one on the last 2 April boards this year. I will be entering college as a freshman in the fall joining NROTC as a college option student. I've read that I should reapply for an NROTC scholarship before the end of my fall term in college so I don't exceed the 30 credit limit. Would this be for a 3 year scholarship or is it another chance to receive a 4 year scholarship? Would that ACT be part of this application as it seems I should start preparing this application so that I'm ready to submit it sometime in my first semester of college. Trying to understand the NROTC application process going forward.

    Thank you for all your assitance!
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    The resulting scholarship would be a 3 year scholarship. You can go ahead and prepare the application but I wouldn't submit it until you've started college and gotten some input from the officers in your unit. Applying for the 4 year scholarship during freshman year is now SOP for NROTC midshipmen. If you fail to win a scholarship then you can begin applying for side-load scholarship during your second semester.
     
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  18. USN-Ret

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    My DS just had an eye opener. SAT came back Thursday 1180. ACT today 25. Think he thought he'd do much better. He's got a lot of studying and prepping to get mid 1300s.
     
  19. nmchules

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    If I don't receive the NROTC scholarship this year as a senior in high school I will be attending Texas A&M in the fall in the Corps of Cadets entering NROTC as a college option student. I've heard that as a college option NROTC cadet, I cannot apply for a 4 year scholarship since I'm enrolled in NROTC. If I were not in NROTC as a freshman college student I could apply for the 4 year NROTC scholarship again. Is this correct?

    My options would be to then apply for 3 and 2 year scholarships as an NROTC college option cadet. Is this the same as a side-load scholarship? I'm trying to determine my academic plan B for my NROTC scholarship. The posts mentions that ACT/SAT is not factored into 3 and 2 year scholarships and if correct I can refocus my energy from ACT prep to getting a jump on studying for my first semester college courses. For NROTC I'm currently at an SAT equivalent 1396.

    Thank you for all the advice.
     
  20. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    No, that is not correct. It was changed this year. You can/will apply for the 4 year NROTC scholarship in the fall of your freshman year as a college programmer. I would do it as soon as possible but not before you are at college and have spoken with the cadre at TAMU.

    If you do not win the 4 year scholarhsip, as mentioned above, you would apply for a 3-year and later 2-year NROTC scholarship. This is the same as a side-load and the application is an internal NROTC application. Your cadre should direct you when to submit it in the spring of freshman year, but feel free to ask them. I'm not sure ACT/SAT is not factored in. I know my son included it some years ago in his sideload application and I doubt that they would ignore it, but @NavyNOLA would know for sure.
     
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