Chances of West Point/Annapolis?
I am currently a Freshman in high school so I was wondering if I keep this up what would my chances be of getting into Westpoint. To start off I have a 3.9 gpa out of a current maximum for my grade level of 4.0. Plus my school is one of the most rigorous schools in California. I only play one school sport, which is Track and Field I will probably be in varsity by 10th or 11th grade, currently I am not. I also participate in the Navy Sea Cadets. I am a student ambassador for my school as well. Also I am on the school newspaper too. I might also be on the debate team next year.I also have a job at a bookstore but that might not matter at all. Also I belong to my school's surf club. I can also speak French but not fluently, but by the time I graduate high school I will definitely be speaking French fluently. Currently I can't think of anything else. I have a couple question; is one varsity sport enough, are there any other things I should do, if I apply to both Annapolis and West Point will that hurt my chances of getting into either of them, when should I start applying, and of course based on this what do you think my chances are.
- TomLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
The reason the football player with the 3.2 in another answer was offered an appointment is because the service academies recruit a lot of athletes, about 25% of each service academy class consists of recruited athletes. Sixty percent of each service academy class were athletic team captains, over 90% were varsity athletes with over 80% earning at least one varsity letter. Unless you are a recruit caliber track and field athlete, should probably get involved in at least one more sport, preferably a competitive team sport, but even if not, cross country in the fall along with track and field in the spring is better than only track and field. Most of the competitive team sports that one can join without a ton of experience are also in the spring. There is water polo in the fall, basketball and soccer in the winter and lacrosse, rugby and crew in the spring. Wrestling is possible for any fit guy since it is by weight class. Debate team and newspaper are good. What is given the most consideration would be Newspaper Editor or Debate Team Captain.
The Air Force Academy website 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. Be sure to open the "Leadership Preparation" link and read it carefully."
Page 19 of Chapter 2 of the Naval Academy Catalog indicates classes for a high school student to take to make himself competitive for admission. The classes are arranged in a hierarchy:
Helpful to read the advice on prepping for college offered on Harvard's website:
The selection process is nearly identical at the Naval Academy, West Point, and the Air Force Academy, so, whatever is stated on one service academy website or in its catalog with regard to admissions, course selection etc generally holds for the others. If you read the following answer and open the links it should help to explain the selection process and the path to an appointment:
The application cycle for the service academies begins December 1 of junior year when the Air Force Academy begins accepting pre candidate questionnaires from juniors applying to attend the Air Force Academy Summer Seminar.
West Point SLS begins accepting pre candidate questionnaires in mid December. The Naval Academy Summer Seminar begins accepting preliminary applications on February 1.
Uscga AIM also begins accepting applications in February. It is best to apply to all since they are similar and going to one indicates to the Admissions Boards at all that a Candidate is well aware of the regimented lifestyle of an academy Cadet/Midshipman. An applicant needs Psat, Sat or Act scores to be considered for the Summer Seminars. The Psat Math section tests Algebra 1 and Geometry and should be taken the first time the Fall after completing these classes. The Psat is only offered once each October. The Sat Math section tests Algebra 1 and 2 and Geometry and should be taken the first time the Spring of the year taking Algebra 2. The Act Math section tests these subjects and Trigonometry. An extracurricular reading program looking up unknown words in a dictionary helps with the Cr and Writing sections of the Sat:
Colonel Batchelder indicates the attributes SLS seeks in applicants:
All the summer programs seek pre-candidates with essentially the same attributes. Usna's is the largest accepting 2250, Usafa Summer Seminar accepts 1125 and West Point SLS 1,000.
- The SheepdogLv 78 years ago
I knew people in my class that applied to each of the academies, all of them had GPAs that, due to AP courses, were over a 4.0 that didn't make it in.
Then there was this random scumbag on the football team with a 3.2-3.3 GPA that was part of a hokey club that had (discreetly) low requirements to be apart of it that somehow managed to get into Air Force Academy (historically the most strict about its applicant entries)- and then dropped out by the end of his first semester. What a waste of a perfectly good freshman slot, and how he managed to set himself apart from the other guys I mentioned in any way positive is beyond me.
You can contact the academy representatives and look up the requirements to get in and meet every one, but ultimately, you have to distinguish yourself from everyone else to even have a chance of getting in. Being in clubs are good, but what's even better is to have leadership positions in those organizations. Varsity Sports look good as well, but don't help as much as one might think. If you weren't already aware, almost nobody playing sports for the Academies are past their freshman year- the workload gets so high that it becomes too much to commit both to their classes and the team, and pass either one.
Someone else already mentioned getting a recommendation from your state congressman. To do so, you should write your congressman a letter, and if you don't get a response, keep writing letters. Not only will it annoy the hell out his office until they do something for you, but it also proves to them that you're dedicated.
- dan hLv 78 years ago
Have you looked at the west point website for admission requirements?Check out the site http://www.usma.edu/SitePages/Home.aspx There is also a link in there specifically for high school Sophomores....check that out as well: http://www.usma.edu/admissions/SitePages/Pros_Cade...
About the only thing I see that's definately a positive is your GPA tho the club and athletic memberships are good as well. Keep that up!
You will need to get a recommendation from a Congressman in order to apply.
- IlyseLv 44 years ago
the basic answer is ....Do you meet the schools admissions requirements? you will find the answer to this question on the schools website. ,, anything less than an b+ ,i feel is not good, its the overall GPA, unless you get killer sat scores and have relevent volunteer or work experience which has given your the desire and the inspiration to.....?????
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- 8 years ago
U have to get approved by a congressman and they will or may not let u in