Getting into a Military Academy?
Okay well I'm going to try to go ahead and say everything I think might have an effect on being accepted, so if I forget something sorry, and I haven't done 100% research yet so sorry if I seem as if I am not certain on some subjects.
Okay...Well since I was a kid it was my dream to enter the Marines and etc. I don't need to explain all of that. But I tried in high school but I couldn't keep up with some advanced classes I took, therefore making my GPA suffer. But here's the whole thing.
GPA: My GPA tended to average between 3.0 and 3.5 somewhere between that range, However I heard that the classes you took also had mattered when being looked at, and I always took advanced classes, got my advanced regents diploma and pushed myself, however it did make my GPA suffer as I said above.
I take part in Tae Kwon Do, and I'm going on my 11th year, also on the Leadership Team in that, going for second don black belt soon in a few months hopefully. And going to try out for the basketball team this year, not sure if I make it but if not I'll join cross country on my senior year (I'm currently a junior)
I volunteered and think I will do good on My SAT's, not sure of the score so I can't say. But taking after school "classes" to help with my SAT's as well.
So please tell me what you think, can I make it into one of the military academies? USNA? West Point? Airforce Academy? Or even the Virginia Military Institute? Or is hope lost for me and I might just have to end up going to a 'normal' college and then joining an NROTC or ROTC program from there?
- TomLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
There are five federal service academies, six senior military colleges, six state funded maritime academies and five military junior colleges offering the Ecp(early commissioning program.)
If the desire is for a military academy experience, that is definitely possible. As far as West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy, they are extremely competitive in admissions and a good chance at an appointment will probably mean stepping up current grades and increasing extracurricular involvement and probably doing a post grad year. A post grad year at a college or prep school will allow the service academies to consider achievement during all of senior year and in the first semester of the post grad year since the academies wait for first semester college grades before making a decision on college candidates. The recommendation is to enroll in a first year curriculum similar to an academy cadet/mid: Calculus, Chemistry with lab, English Composition, US History. See page 20 of the 2009-2010 Usna Catalog:
"For College applicants, it is recommend that you take the following classes during your first semester – Calculus, Chemistry with Laboratory, English Composition, and U.S. History."
The selection process is nearly identical at West Point, the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy so, consider the advice offered on the all the service academy websites. Read the admissions chapters of their Catalogs and all the FAQ's on the websites.
Look at the Class Profiles at all to see the academic and extracurricular accomplishments of candidates who successfully competed for an appointment. The Air Force Academy offers outstanding advice to students prepping for a service academy, rotc scholarship or any highly selective university. Open all links to the left of the dialog box:
The service academies consider weighted Gpa and class rank based on weighted Gpa. Taking advanced courses will not affect one negatively. Be sure to prep for the Sat/ Act. Know that the Sat Math tests Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2. The Act Math also tests Trigonometry. Some students do much better on the Act than the Sat. Prep for and take these tests multiple times to improve scores. Get involved in an athletic and non athletic extracurricular activity this year. It would be better to get involved in an athletic activity this year instead of only senior year. As a junior, a student can usually still join a JV team. If not basketball then wrestling which kind of seems natural to a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Or how about a spring sport-rugby, swimming, tennis, lacrosse, crew etc
Apply for all the summer seminars on the date they begin accepting applications even if chances to be accepted seem slim. This establishes a desire to attend the academy from an early date. The Air Force Academy Summer Seminar begins to accept applications Dec 1 of Junior year; West Point in Mid December; Usna on Feb 1; Coast Guard Academy AIM in mid February. The best chance is at the Naval Academy as they invite 2250 while West Point invites 1100, Usafa 1125.
Apply for membership in NHS if qualified. Nationally, a 3.0 Gpa is required though most individual schools set higher standards. About 2/3 of each service academy class have been NHS members. Let me know if there are questions about the above.