Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by Soap, Jul 6, 2015.
Incomplete Applications 1272
Met Selection Criteria 688
Not Academically Qualified 252
Not Physically Qualified 75
Declined Principal Appointment 126
Appointments Offered 378
Plebe Candidates Reporting In 252*
Does "met selection criteria" mean that they completed the full application with a nomination? Or were these people overall good candidates.
Your first interpretation is the correct one. You have to be 3Q+Nom to ultimately compete for an appointment. 3Q= Triple Qualified, or in other words, you must meet/exceed the academic standards, pass the Candidate Fitness Assessment, and be found medically qualified by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board. For most people, a nomination to Kings Point isn't as hard to get as a nomination for Army (Military), Navy or Air Force. That being said, the honest answer would be the amount of appointments offered divided by the "met selection criteria group."
So if you have a nomination and you have finished the application completely, USMMA has around a 50% acceptance rate?
Actually that is not correct, the acceptance rate is not as noted by USnavy2019: amount of appointments divided by the "met selection criteria" group above when comparing acceptance rates with other colleges. Though "Applications", "Nominations" and "Incomplete Applications" are NOT entirely unique, non overlapping subsets, a much closer number that approximates the "acceptance rate" is appointments offered divided by ("nominations" minus "not physically qualified" minus "not academically qualified") though even this is just an approximation so using the numbers for the entering class of 2018 that USMMA2019mom supplies above that would be 378/(1696 - (75+252)) or approximately 27.6% of those candidate receiving appointments who complete the rest of their applications.
What the 50% of the number represents as I understand it when comparing "met selection criteria" vs "appointments offered" is that only 50%, actually 54.9% for Class of 2018 data above, of those who go through the full process and meet at least all the required minimum selection criteria, at least in the case of the Class of 2018 data above (378/688) receive offers of appointment and of those 378 only 252 reported aboard in the summer of 2014 to be in the entering Class of 2018. Bottom line to me is that ALL Five of the Federal Service Academies - USMMA, USCGA (which does not require a Congressional Nomination), USAFA, USMA, and USNA are basically highly selective and very competitive as far as seeking entry.
I respectfully suggest that "acceptance rate" is a misnomer. With the exception of the UC Coast Guard Academy, there are 4 distinct courses that each must be run (and "passed") to be offered an appointment at a Fed Service Academy:
1. DOD Physical Examination (I believe a fail here for USMMA = Not Physically Qualified)
2. PFA (I believe a fail here for USMMA = Incomplete Application)
3. Congressional Nomination
4. Service Academy Application which, as I recall, has 3 separate parts (I believe a fail here for USMMA = Not Academically Qualified)
One can see that for 2018, if there were 2,217 Applications and 1,272 were incomplete, then there had to have been 945 completed applications. With 1696 nominations, there must have been applicants nominated who had incomplete applications. Likewise, one can assume some of the 945 did not get a nomination.
As Jasper indicated, the subsets are not unique. When folks ask me, I keep the answer simple (for '18). 2217 applied. 252 got in.
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