Hello :) I am very new to this forum, but my son has been wanting to be a Navy officer for several years now. He is now a junior at a special math and science high school. He will graduate from this high school in May 2014. so, this coming spring of 2013 is when he will fill out the NROTC scholarship app.
because he's so busy at this math/science boarding school, I am trying to do some homework for him on NROTC units so his time at Christmas can be best utilized.
We hope to go visit a few units this coming spring before he prioritizes his list for the app in May.
His first choice is TAMU. we are pretty familiar with it.
Some of the other Universities he's considering are: Purdue, Idaho, Colorado @ Boulder, Norwich, Univ. Florida, maybe Iowa, Ole Miss.
Its so hard to figure out much from websites and mailings!!! We don't have unlimited funds or time to go visit all these places either.
Which units are your children at that have a very favorable campus acceptance of ROTC? DS would prefer not to be at a school where the ROTC students are made fun of or not respected by at least the majority of the students and faculty. This is part of the reason he likes TAMU so much.
Can any one give any insight into these units or others? DS is from very rural background and isn't so sure he wants to live in an enormous city for College.
We live in Alabama, so we visited a couple of schools, Embry Riddle in Daytona Beach and Auburn. My son knew he wanted to major in Aerospace Engineering, and both schools had great programs. He decided he preferred Auburn, so that was his first choice. Embry Riddle was his second. He also had TAMU, Purdue and Miss State. He got the scholarship to Auburn and loves it. The NROTC program is highly respected, and he has had some wonderful experiences so far. He is in his sophomore year. I hope this helps
We live in PA and my son wanted to major in Nuclear Engineering/Mechanical Engineering. Penn State was the only place on the East Coast that was offering a dual major in Nuc and Mechanical: they have a nuclear reactor on campus! Their ROTC program is the second largest to the Naval Academy, and very well respected. My son was offered a 3-yr. Engineering scholarship (the dual major takes 5 years). He did his first two years at a branch campus and then when he had to transfer to main campus, he was offered the scholarship and what a blessing that was. Last year after returning from deployment, he had the honor of doing the flyover (F18) on Veterans Day at the Football Game, which was also Military Recognition Day and Homecoming!