Chances for West Point?
Currently I am a sophomore in HS. I go to one of the best high schools in the country, and get mostly As with one or two B's and (unfortunately) two C's in different classes, in different terms, so far this year. I am in Honors History, English, Chinese, and German, and ACP (one level lower than Honors) in Algebra, Global Marketing, and Chemistry. I have no free blocks or study halls in my schedule. I have decided to focus on liberal arts to get me into the Military Academy (and Naval Academy) as my Math and Science skills are not as strong. So my first question is, is that a wise course of action? Will working on math and science be more valuable, if I am not as knowledgable with them and I work better with History etc.? I plan on taking AP US History next year, and AP Political Science in senior year. I always do and plan to fill up my schedule all the way with electives, like Global Marketing, Russian History, East Asian History, etc. I run Varsity XC, wrestle Varsity, and play JV lacrosse. I have 3 Varsity letters as a sophomore, and I am expected to have 8 by the end of senior year. I participate in Key Club and the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, which I have excelled in and will be able to secure my CO's recommendation when the time comes (its not some bullshit unit either, we are the #4 unit in the country). So, what are my chances? Do I have a shot?
- TomLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
A Cadet is free to major in whatever he wants at West Point or Usafa. At the Naval Academy, at least 65% of Mids must major in a STEM subject and Candidates indicating they are interested in STEM majors are given preference in admissions. At Usna, it might not be possible to major in a liberal arts major. The reason most guys are not good at Algebra is due to having a weak foundation in Pre-Algebra that then carried over to Algebra 1 and Geometry and then the weakness in Algebra 1 carries over to Algebra 2 and then to Pre Calculus/Trigonometry and Calculus and Physics. Since the Sat Math section tests Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry and the Act Math section tests all of these subjects plus Trigonometry, the weakness affects Sat/Act scores. The way to ameliorate the situation is to review Pre Algebra, Algebra and Geometry. The first two years at the service academies is more or less the same pre engineering curriculum of Math, Chemistry and Physics classes along with English and History or Political Science. On the USNA summer seminar application, the only grades asked for are in English 9, 10, 11; Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-CalculusCalculus1; Calculus 2, Chemistry, Physics.
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 right of the page. Be sure to open the "Character Matters" 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 January The Naval Academy Summer Seminar begins accepting preliminary applications in January.
Uscga AIM 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 250, Usafa Summer Seminar accepts 1125 and West Point SLS 1,000.
- 7 years ago
Sorry I'm honestly too ADHD'd right now to read all that so I kind of skimmed over it, you may be wondering why I'm answering when I'm too lazy to read the question but I think this will really help you:
First look at this link: http://www.westpoint.edu/admissions/Shared%20Docum...
It's the class profile for the Class of '16 it has middle 50% stats for SATs, ACTs, and Class Rank that will give you an idea of where you stand and where you can improve it also has a list of essentially the extra curricular activites that WP deems important.
Look over that and build an application that will make you look like what West Point is looking for. If your State has an "Academy Day" or something like that GO TO IT this is an important way to learn more and also to meet the people that are going to be responsible for figuring out who gets a nomination and who doesn't (noms are required by the way so you really want one).
Your junior year apply for the Summer Leaders Experience as well as the Summer Seminars for both the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy (even though you haven't expressed interest in it, if you do get it any of these 3 can provide you with priceless information on gaining admission to a service acadamy)Source(s): If you have more questions you should check out www.serviceacademyforums.com it's basically a community of people that have been through this process and can answer almost any questions you may have !!
- 5 years ago
I'm going to be completely honest with you. West Point is a lot like the Ivy League schools. It is all about who you know, not what you know. I know a guy who was a C student in high school but his father was an Army General so he got in. I also know a guy who was an average student in high school. However he was a football player and his father was an Army officer/West Point alum who donated money to the academy. It is all about who you know. That is the secret. Yes you will have to keep up with the curriculum but if you know the right people that is your key to getting in. My advice is get a Senator or politician to write a letter on your behalf.
- 7 years ago
Those C's are going to kill you! I cannot stress enough that you HAVE to get A's and you HAVE to take alot more AP classes to even be considered for a service academy.
But you're only a Sophomore, you have time, so work on it. And definitely work on getting the Senator's recommendation thats required for admission. Best of luck!
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- 7 years ago
West point is one of the best schools in the country. You need to be getting all A's. You can't have two C'S. If you really tried, and based off the info you gave me, it sounds like you could get in.
- 4 years ago
Appears pretty just right to me - with the entire satisfactory things you list, you just must be certain that the GPA is up there. BTW: just what's a prestigious "carholic" excessive university? Somewhere you all get occupied with automobiles?