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.
My son attends the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY as a Chemistry major and is very happy with the college and with his NROTC Unit. As a freshman, he attended Rochester Institute of Technology which is a very good school for Engineering. They participate in the NROTC Unit at the University of Rochester.
Do people really make fun of and disrespect the ROTC students? I am sorry to hear that. My son has never had that experience.
maybe they don't, I really don't know!! I have read on other forums that this is a good thing to determine about a campus community when choosing. I can remember from my own college days that the ROTC students weren't very respected, but of course that was 20 years ago.
thanks very much for your response!!
No problem. By the way, my son is a 3C Midshipman (Junior) and remains happy, looking forward to his Navy life as a commissioned officer.
YAAAAY ROCHESTER! <tee hee!> I grew up there. Rochester is a GREAT city and I'm glad to hear your son likes it there, helenp.
Our son is a senior aeronautical engineering major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and loves the unit there. It's a small-ish campus in a small-ish city. We, too, live in a very rural area (have a farm of sorts) and our son is comfortable there...he is the token redneck in the unit, haha! It's a terrific engineering school and has a reputation in particular for providing nuclear officers to the Navy, so a great one to consider if your son has that interest.
One campus we visited and could NOT picture NROTC kids in uniform at was Carnegie Mellon. We didn't even make it to the unit office, it was way on the edge of campus somewhere. And some mids at Villanova told us there was a prof who would hang anti-military signs in his window, facing their building. But that unit still has a great reputation.
Hope this helps! Good luck with the search!
KayM. I grew up in Geneva! We have lived in suburban St. Louis, Missouri for many years, so I was very happy when my son chose Rochester. I think it's a nice place.
Hi! my son is a senior at SUNY Maritime and I would definitely NOT recommend this school. NROTC students are considered civilians there lol and get much less help in their programming and scholastic needs than the school's merchant marine program students. He is studying engineering and will not graduate on time due to a summer internship he was not able to find in his first summer so now has to complete it before graduating. He is planning to become a Nuclear Submarine officer next year.
I am a Notre Dame mom too. My Daughter is a 1C (Senior) in Mechanical Engineering, and will be commissioned in May when she graduates. She is very happy with her school. If your son's goal in life is to be a career Naval Officer he should also be considering the academy. Things happen in ROTC that are sometimes unavoidable. We've all seen discussed on this forum kids who have had to drop out of the program because of unforeseen circumstances, academics, injury, family emergencies etc. Because of that possibility I would STRONGLY encourage your son to pick the school that is the best OVERALL fit for him. It should also be a school that you can afford to pay for if for some unforeseen reason he loses his scholarship, private tuition, out of state tuition etc. Good Luck to him and let us know where he ends up!
Thanks to all of you, and yes, he is planning to apply to the Academy. hoping to go to NASS there this summer to get a better feel. We have visited there and West Point.
I will share an experience a high school friend of my son's underwent at Norwich. (My son and his friend are both juniors in college this year.) We live in a medium sized city, the boys attended a high school of over 2,000 and were in Jr. ROTC. The friend underwent terrible hazing his first year at Norwich - so bad that the parents went to the administration and changes were made at the school. The friend stayed at Norwich but it's been tough. Norwich is one of the six senior military colleges here in the US. My son is in the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech, another senior military college. VT has an excellent Navy ROTC, highest commissioning rate next to the Naval Academy. Also has an excellent College of Engineering. It is in Blacksburg, VA, a small town in Southwest Virginia. The cadets at VT are respected. When we were doing a campus tour, I asked how the students felt about the cadets. The student running the tour said "they're just like the rest of us, they just get up a LOT earlier!" The first or "rat" year is very tough at these schools. Your son may not like VT as it is a military academy within a civilian university, just like Texas A&M. My son wanted the best of both worlds - the military school and "regular" college. Virginia Tech has been a perfect fit for him. Good luck!
thanks especially to all of you for describing the area that these schools are in - CITY, small city/town, rural, etc. we live in the middle of nowhere literally. our town has 500 people in it. ds is pretty adaptable, but would probably prefer to not be the ONLY kid like himself - it would be nice to know some others who are familiar with dirt, not just concrete.
obviously, once he commissions in the Navy, life will be very different then it has been his first 18 years, but he will be much more of an adult by then.
keep 'em coming!!! these insights are very helpful.
Our kids both went to Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Great city.
We, too, are from a rural area, smallest county in the state of IL. They both kinda wanted to go to school in a "city" to be able to experience that for a change & then be able to get out of there after a few years if they hated it haha.
Milwaukee is a great city. It's easy to get around in, it's got a good public transportation system, there's lots to do & experience, yet it's not huge & scary like a place like Chicago could be to a small town kid (parents).
Our daughter picked Marquette then decided to do NROTC & picked up a scholarship.
Our son applied several places and first got scholarship to IIT in Chicago. He would have been a "cross-town" MIDN. I'm not big on the idea of having my child be a "cross-towner" -- a MIDN that goes to a different University than the one with the NROTC Unit. The NROTC time commitment is HUGE some weeks. I personally would not want the added time commitment to have to commute to the Unit from their cross-town University. This can be an extra burden if the "cross-towner" has a big billet w/in the Unit where s/he has to be present there almost daily. I know this works great for some, particularly because it allows the MIDN to "get away," but it wasn't for our kids.
Anyway, our son was successful in getting his scholarship switched to MU so he could go to MU & not be a cross-towner. Plus, MU was the school of choice for him over the Chicago school.
At MU there are MIDs from all walks of life ... some grew up in tiny places & went to tiny high schools. Some grew up in cities & went to huge high schools. Some grew up ?? & went to military boarding schools, and everything in between, i imagine. I would suspect it is that way at most, if not all NROTC Units. MU has a good Mathematics Department & a great Engineering school w/ a brand new Engineering building. My kids love/loved it there.
You're doing well to be seeking all this type of info out now instead of later :)