Questions about choosing schools for the application


New Member
Aug 13, 2017
I'm new here and trying to help my daughter navigate the nrotc application. We have two questions, so far.

1. MIT and Tufts are on her list of schools to apply to, but it appears since they are affiliated she can only select one of those schools in her 5 choices. Clearly admission to either school is difficult, but her chance of admittance to MIT is much less likely. MIT is higher up on her college list.

Should she select MIT in her top 5. Then if she doesn't get in, but receives the scholarship, will it be possible to transfer the scholarship to tufts, provided she is accepted there (which is not a given either)? I apologize for all the hypotheticals above.

2. There is a requirement on the application to select a state school. Does that mean any state school, or an instate school? I have looked through the threads and there is a difference of opinion. We live in ny and only SUNY Martime has nrotc. She has no interest in this school. Can she put a different state school, Michigan/Georgia tech, as the state school? What do people without an instate option (CT) do for this requirement?

Thanks for any and all guidance.


Mar 11, 2016
1. You can select more than just one school from the same unit in your top 5. Take another look.

2. You are required to list in your top 3 a school at which you qualify for the in-state tuition rate. That's the requirement. For someone who is unable to meet that requirement, they can comment in the associated remarks box.


5-Year Member
Jan 6, 2013
I'm in CT and my son is now a 1st. Class Mid at the U of South Carolina. Your instate school has to be that if it is public. If the SUNY is of that nature, yes it will need to be on her list.

Because we reside in CT we did not have that option so it was an open choice. Our DD is now going through the application. With not having a public in our state our DD has to have her 3rd choice school be a public school. The application system faults to making this mandatory. She also cannot have both of her top choice schools on her list because they are crosstown. This is the same issue you DD is having. Because of that my DD is applying separately. If she gets the scholarship she will make the call at that time to see if it can be transferred.

Your DD might not want the SUNY and that is fine; however, after 4 years they will be in the fleet. Once on the big pond she will be an officer equal to all others. From ring knockers to LDO's, OCS & NROTC, they all remain the same..."Naval Officers".

She "might" be able to transfer the scholarship. With it being a public instate it might be tough. Where you go to college once you're out of the Navy really does not make a difference. It will be the experience from the Navy that will hold the weight. Just a couple of added extra thoughts coming from a guy that is putting his 3rd unit through college and from a guy that now works around many Naval Officers.

Cheers and good luck to your DD.

Watch for some responses from the moderators, they have some really good insight that might counter anything I have said.


5-Year Member
Nov 3, 2016
If you are worried about the scholarship being assigned to the in state school because tuition is cheaper, don't. The tuition rate has no bearing on where the scholarship is assigned. Most scholarship winners are placed at their first or second choice schools. For my DS, his scholarship was placed at his #1 school, even though the tuition is substantially higher than the in state option. And yes, there is a process to transfer the scholarship if needed, for example if it is placed at a school where she is not accepted. If your DD is awarded a scholarship, there will be instructions for how to transfer the scholarship. I do not have any experience with that, but the process seems pretty straight forward and others on here who have done it say it is pretty simple. The only hiccup seems to be that each school is only allotted a certain number of scholarship slots, so the school where you want to transfer has to have an opening. But first things first, focus on winning the scholarship.

Also, just a word on crosstown units, take into consideration the travel time between the host unit and the crosstown affiliate and how she will be getting there. If she is at the crosstown school, she will likely have to travel to the host unit multiple times each week for PT, leadership lab and other unit activities.


Apr 1, 2017
My DD won her scholarship second round - she had two state schools on her list but only awarded a scholarship at one school - luckily, it was her first choice.