Honors at Alabama offers a lot more than registration. For one, you get Ridgecrest. There’s a lot from courses to mentorship to sub groups and enrichment - but - the student has to want it. Yours might be like mine - who registered early, did nothing else and just didn’t finish. But it’s on the kid - there is more than as you say.
It doesn’t say what the UCF offer will be, but they have a contact - you can ask. I might also suggest you ask to speak to an engineering student ambassador who would likely have answers to your questions.
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We know that the college admissions process can be a bit daunting. That’s why we work one-on-one with National Merit students and parents to answer questions and help determine if UCF is the right fit.
Your contact for the National Merit Scholarship Program is Lyndsey Holland. Feel free to contact Lyndsey if you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit.
If you’d like to get the perspective of a current National Merit scholar, see our student section to read biographies of current UCF National Merit scholars.
I don’t think visit timing matters - so I’d say go when school is open and it’s best for you.
Best of luck - pretty impressive with two NMFs. Congrats.
PS - FSU lists their NMF on their website but engineering is “off campus” in a shared complex with Florida A&M - just in case you were looking at other schools.
Florida State University’s Out-of-State National Merit Award scholarship package has a total value of approximately $76,776 distributed across four years. It includes a 100 percent out-of-state tuition waiver, a $16,000 Vires scholarship, and a $2000 NMSC stipend (if college sponsored). This scholarship guarantees admission into FSU’s distinguished University Honors Program once National Merit Finalist standing has been confirmed. In addition, all National Merit Finalists who apply to the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) during the first-year, which connects high-achieving students with distinguished research mentors to work as research assistants, will be guaranteed admission to UROP.
USF seems to be more aggressive.
NON-Florida residents (as determined by the institution)
- Scholarship covering your full cost of attendanceduring fall and spring semesters as determined by the USF Golden Achievement Program. This merit scholarship is for high school graduates who achieve the National Merit® Scholar Finalist designation (finalist who select USF as their first choice school with NMSC) and covers 100 percent of the cost of attendance, minus the amount that you receive from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. If you qualify for this award, it will replace all other awards from the Office of Admissions.
- Scholarship options for study abroad(USF Passport Scholarship - $2,000)
- A tuition waiver for your first year (30 credits) of graduate studyat USF immediately following graduation with a Baccalaureate degree*
*This award cannot be used for professional programs or those graduate programs under USF Health.
EXCLUSIVE CAMPUS SERVICES
- Automatic admittance to the Judy Genshaft Honors College and its benefits, including Honors events, small classes, individual faculty mentoring and concierge academic advising
- On-campus housing in our Judy Genshaft Honors College Living-Learning Community (student must submit LLC application for consideration)
- Research opportunities early in your enrollment at USF
- Access to expert advising in the Office of National Scholars to prepare you to compete for prestigious national and international awards
- First-year luncheon with the university leadership
- A designated National Merit Scholars Coordinator (based on Tampa Campus) to support you throughout during your USF journey, who offers:
- Encouragement to maximize your time and opportunities at USF as a fully-funded student
- Individualized coaching and advising sessions (including prehealth advising) to help you determine and achieve your personal and professional goals
- Exposure to resources, opportunities, faculty and staff to develop professional and personal skills for future career opportunities
- Exclusive academic workshops to provide insight and guidance to prepare for life after USF
- Exclusive social events to create a sense of community and belonging amongst scholars, and to help you make meaningful connections and life-long friendships
- Annual fall banquet and certificate ceremony to recognize and welcome first-year National Merit Scholars
- Annual spring banquet for sophomore through senior level National Merit Scholars to provide community and foster connections with one another across disciplines and interests