West Point acceptance chances?
I'm in my sophomore year in high school and I was just wondering what my chances of getting into West Point are. If you think there is anything I could do to improve my chances of getting in please say. Here is what I've got
Ap us history
Pre calc ( advanced math)
Gpa avg: 3.8
Fencing (outside of school)
Volunteer at church
I'm also in marching band and trig is combined with algebra 2
- TomLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Since you are taking Pre Calc, you should already be prepping for and taking the Sat and Act. Will need fairly high scores for at least the Psat to be competitive for admission to Usafa Summer Seminar in December and West Point SLS in January. The Sat Math section tests Algebra 1 and 2 and Geometry; the Act Math section also tests Trigonometry. Take an ACT that offers TIR. Might want to get involved in one other mainstream non athletic activity that teaches officer skills such as student government, debate, newspaper, drama. 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 2550, Usafa Summer Seminar accepts 1125 and West Point SLS 1,000.
- magic manLv 68 years ago
This is the answer: Keep it simple. Do all the extra curricular stuff you want to. However, don't do anything for effect. Keep volunteering. They will look at this. If you are not the child of an active duty military person and qualified for a Presidential Nomination and Appointment write a letter to your congressman now. Explain that you want to go to an academy. You can mention West Point, but don't specify it. Take any appointment offered. Stay in touch with you congressman on a routine basis. After each semester is enough. Bring him/her up to date on your progress toward your goals. It is tough. However, you are getting started at about the right time. Good luck.Source(s): CAPT Jack, USN (Supply Corps), ret.
- SamLv 68 years ago
Play a couple of sports and get into more AP's.
- Common SenseLv 78 years ago
Chances are slim unless you know somebody in politics who is very 'important'.