By the numbers – this year’s numbers(2021) and your chances

The question is often asked…what are my chances of getting an Army ROTC high school scholarship. My first answer is always you have zero chance if you don’t apply.

The next answer is usually some beer math because the process is full of so many variables that it is impossible to know for certain. What schools you list, who else listed those schools, who sits on the board, did you interview at an SMC or a small private college…..but we can do a rough estimate based on the numbers each year, and the numbers don’t change that much from year to year.

2021 graduating class and the commissioning ceremony guest speaker

So, this year10,285 applications were started. Of those 987 were either ineligible or disqualified. Ineligible would usually mean they just never completed their application (didn’t send something in or never listed schools). Disqualified would be SAT scores below 1000 or low GPA or not a US citizen

So, we have about 9800 applicants that could have been considered or were considered. And of those approximately 10K applicants around 2462 receive either a 4 or three year scholarship offers. That’s about 1 in 4. That is not bad odds in my mind.

You had about a 1 in 4 chance of receiving a scholarship if you applied and were boarded this year

What’s my point? If you think you want to be an Army Officer get that scholarship application started the summer before your senior year of high school. Obviously Covid played a factor this year and scholarship applications will probably go up next year. Make sure if you are interested you start early and reach out early in the process to a helpful ROO. I’m here to help and would be happy to help any applicant stay on track and make their application as competitive as possible.

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