ROTC Consulting currently works with a number of clients who competed on the first Air Force ROTC board. Based on the results and what we have learned from our sources, there are several important takeaways from the first board, which took place in October 2020.

Comparing the October 2020 AFROTC Board to Last Year’s Results

First, it is instructive to look at the overall summary of 2019-2020 scholarship winners to see the general statistics for last year’s Air Force ROTC scholarship winners.

2019-2020 AFROTC Selection Trends

# Awarded % Awarded % of Overall Avg. GPA Avg. ACT Avg. SAT
Overall Stat. 1982 58.54% 3.85 31 1387
Type 1 154 7.77% 4.55% 3.96 34 1507
Type 2 299 15.09% 8.83% 3.88 31 1390
Type 7 1529 77.14% 45.16% 3.83 30 1374
  • Type 1 Scholarship pays full tuition for four years (no cap)
  • Type 2 Scholarship pays is capped at $18,000 per year for four years
  • Type 7 Scholarships pays full tuition at the in-state tuition rate where the student qualifies for a receives in-state rate at a public school

Choosing a STEM Degree Gives Students a Competitive Advantage

The assumption here is that 70-80% of the applicants designated a highly desired major STEM major on their application. For those candidates who designated a “General Studies” major, the award rate was lower than the statistics listed above. Here is the list of highly desired majors.

October 2020 AFROTC Board Results

Based on the applicants we managed, the October board results this year were similar to last year’s statistics. It is important to note our winners from this board were awarded Type 1, Type 2, and Type 7 scholarships.

The chart does not take into account how well the candidate did on the interview or on the physical fitness test.

Note that Air Force ROTC ranks applicants on a 1000 point scale using the following weights:

Area of Consideration Points
Interview 450
Unweighted GPA 200
SATe (SAT/ACT) 300
Physical Fitness Assessment 50
Total Points 1000

Takeaways:

Academics are Important — Ace the Interview to Make Up for Poor Grades or Test Scores

If a candidate is below the SAT and GPA averages for scholarship winners, they must do better an average on their interview. Since it is 45% of the overall weighting, a good interview can go a long way in overcoming a lower SAT or GPA.

Less Emphasis is Placed on the Physical Fitness Test

The physical fitness test is unlikely to move the needle in obtaining a scholarship given it is 5% of the overall weight.

Wait for a Later AFROTC Board if Trying to Improve SAT/ACT Scores

Type 7 scholarships are awarded on the early October board. Once a scholarship is awarded, the candidate is finished with the process and cannot re-compete for a better scholarship. If a candidate is looking to obtain a Type 1 or Type 2 scholarship and can improve his or her SAT/ACT between October and January, they should not probably compete on the October board.

STEM Degrees Help Improve Your Chances

If a candidate does not designate a highly desired major, he or she must be even better than the average winner listed above.

We wish you the best of luck as you navigate the Air Force ROTC scholarship process!

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