Admission Advice

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by smithneck, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. smithneck

    smithneck Member

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    My son has completed the application process; has had the BGO interview which went very well, has strong academics, etc. Question: is there any value in making another trip to the USNA to meet with admissions, express commitment to the program, show interest?
     
  2. BR2011

    BR2011 USAFA Cadet

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    definetly couldnt hurt. supposedly, decent candidates who have their files complete will be invited for a visit weekend where they follow around a plebe. can anyone confirm this?
     
  3. Whistle Pig

    Whistle Pig Banned

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    Yes, son got one today as did several others on the CC site. 7 possible visits Oct - April ... 6pm Thursday to 11:00 a.m. Sat.
     
  4. TacticalNuke

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    My personal feeling is that it plays very little role in acceptance. Also, visiting doesn't give any idea what it's like to be a cadet/midshipman. So, if it's going to be a huge hassle or if it's going to cost money you don't have to spend, forget about it. However, if given the opportunity and it works out, I say go for it.

    Now, I do know that during the summer seminar, at least for the naval academy, your midshipman element (or whatever it's called) leader does write a recommendation for you which goes into your admission file.

    But, unless you're an athlete being recruited, I think that it's rather superfluous. Not that it's bad to visit, it just shouldn't be considered necessary.
     
  5. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Agree with TacNuke that CVWs aren't the same as being a plebe. That said, I think it's important to take every opportunity to experience a SA you're thinking of attending.

    If cost is prohibitive, that is clearly an issue. But if you can manage costs, I would recommend it. I don't believe mids write evals on their drags. Rather, the event is designed to help candidates decide if USNA is right for them.

    If you didn't do NASS, I definitely recommend CVW. If you did NASS, it's still useful (as the entire brigade is there). I suggest asking for an early date for 2 reasons. First, the earlier in the year you go, the more you'll see what plebe summer & early plebe year are like. By spring, things are usually more relaxed. Second, you're prob making your decisions now -- thus, seeing USNA now is better.

    Admissions-wise, attending CVW makes no difference. It really is offered for your benefit.
     

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