Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by SamAca10, Jul 19, 2009.
I just got back from session 2...how does going to AIM affect chances of getting into the academy?
I asked the same question at a AIM seminar and the response I received was AIM has no bearing on your regular application. The reason is that not everyone is afforded the opportunity to attend AIM. With that being said I would think that some kind of report is placed into your application saying that you attended AIM.
Now a question for you. How did you like AIM week? What was it like? Fill the parents of AIM III week in.
Success at AIM is a good indicator of success at the Coast Guard Academy. It IS noted in you candidate file / application.
Conversely, not attending AIM does not hurt your appointment chances.
Luigi has hit the nail on the head........ Could we twist your arm Sir, for what percentage of the swab class of 2013 that did not attend AIM?
I haven't seen the data for 2013 yet, but for the Class of 2012, 55% did not attend AIM.
Outside of AIM........what other opportunities does the Academy provide applicants in developing a sense of what cadet and academic life is like?
I think it says on the AIM site that 50% will end up attending the academy. My son attend USNA and it does help and will be noted in your file. Also, there is something that says kids that attend the summer programs are more likely to graduate from the Academies.
My daughter was a session 2 and had a blast. She loved it and was happy to get a good look at what swab summer would be like.
Campus Visit - Event Descriptions
Admissions Briefing and Tour (Year-Round)
Offered at 1 pm on Mondays, Fridays and select Wednesdays, this two-hour program is a great introduction to the Coast Guard Academy. Your visit will start with check-in and an Admissions Officer “briefing” featuring a slide show and Q&A and will conclude with a cadet-led campus tour. Guests will learn the unique advantages, opportunities and challenges of a service academy education. Many guests also coordinate their Briefing and Tour with other campus events.
Interested in music, athletics or a particular program? Prospective cadets are encouraged to schedule meetings with coaches, music coordinators or academic program chairs prior to the briefing.
Join other high school students and their families for a day of exploration and fellowship. A six-hour Saturday program, Open Houses are offered annually and include presentations about cadet life, academic, military, and athletic programs. Cadet-led campus tours provide insight into the Coast Guard Academy experience first-hand. Guests depart with a thorough understanding of the admissions process and are well prepared to decide whether or not to apply.
Science, Technology and Engineering Program (STEP) for Women
Are you a girl in your junior or senior year of HS who is thinking about an engineering, science, math or technology degree and want to learn more about exciting ways you can make a difference in our world? Offered annually-- Science, Technology, and Engineering Program-- or “STEP” for Women is a unique six-hour Friday program that combines real-world academics with an Academy orientation. Guests will enjoy access to cadets, faculty members, Admissions staff, and meet like-minded young women. The day will consist of hands-on workshops, a campus tour, lunch, and Q&A session. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. Participants depart better prepared to choose a college major, with insight about the unique opportunities available to Academy graduates.
S.O.A.R. Diversity Program (Students Of All Races, formerly known as Super Saturday)
Designed to expose a diverse population of students and their families to the Academy, this Friday program is offered three times a year and is limited in size to allow greater personal contact with cadets, Admissions staff, faculty members and graduates. Guests attend a slide show and Q&A session, observe a class, receive a tour of campus, participate in two dynamic panels with officers and current cadets and enjoy lunch in the Cadet Wardroom. Decide if a Coast Guard Academy education is right for you, and depart understanding the Coast Guard family.
Eclipse Diversity Weekend
High school sophomores & juniors, as well as seniors with appointment offers-- join Academy graduates and cadets for this annual celebration of diversity! This two-day event brings African-American and other minority alumni home to renew friendships and professional ties, and to mentor current and future cadets. Eclipse kicks off Friday afternoon with a cadet parade and ends Saturday afternoon with a talent show. Guests are paired with cadet escorts and stay overnight in the cadet barracks (dorms). Parents are welcome to attend but should plan to lodge off campus. Appointees attending Eclipse may combine their Spring Cadet-for-a-Day visit for an extended stay. Come to Eclipse and see why many graduates say it made the difference in their decision to attend the Academy!
By invitation only: Join future members of your Coast Guard Academy Class for Academy Experience. Students with appointments to the freshman class are encouraged to schedule the orientation to interact with faculty, staff, coaches and cadets to familiarize themselves with expectations of the upcoming year. Students will attend classes, eat in the cadet wardroom, participate in meaningful discussions with cadets, learn about a wide range of cadet support programs and have the opportunity to observe sports practices (or games when available) or club activities. The Academy Experience also includes a comprehensive Q&A session for parents. Participants will enjoy meeting future classmates and depart well prepared for Reporting Day.
By invitation only: Is an Academy education right for you? Join other high school seniors as you shadow a cadet for 24 hours and explore this question. Attend classes and a team practice, eat in the cadet wardroom, and learn what cadet life is like first-hand. Opportunities to meet with coaches, faculty members, and admissions staff are available. Program includes a Q&A session and cadet-led tour of campus for parents. With prior arrangement, you may complete your admissions interview at this time.
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Cadet for a day (I assume that's beansprouting) is a great taste of regular cadet life in a regular day. It won't give you that Swab Summer feel, and as big as that is, it is only a small, memorable, fraction of your time at CGA.
I didn't go to AIM....didn't hurt me at all. I also know someone who did go to AIM but did not get into CGA.
AIM was fantastic! Our company dominated in sports, I made great friendships with my shipmates, and I got a realistic view of how life is at the academy. If anything, AIM made me want to go to this school more than anything, despite the yelling and the IT that is handed out. I am so happy that I attended this program. It has given me first hand knowledge of what to expect next year if I am lucky enough to be accepted into the academy...SAmom-- what company was your daughter in?
THAT IS WHAT MY DAUGHTER SAID LAST YEAR!!!!
If you do attend AIM should you also participate in any of the programs that were listed or is the AIM program considered enough of an introduction
If you are close by take advantange of all the programs the Academy has to offer... regrettfully we live in Washington (STATE) a bit far for an overnight visit.. BUT my daughter KNEW after AIM that CGA is where she wanted to be... even after a visit to the USMMA in March, the CGA was still in her heart, and the experiences that she had in AIM will go on with her forever...
more than AIM
If you know what you want to do after attending AIM, you don't have to attend any other activities. AIM gives you a very good idea what the Academy will be like.
If you live close enough to participate in some of the other activities, consider doing so, or if you still aren't sure, I would participate.....as this is a pretty big decision.
On the other hand, if you have made up your mind, and you live a long ways away, it might not be worth the time and money.......you won't miss anything important by not attending.
In my mind AIM gave you about a 90% experience............pretty realistic for only being a week long.
During a question and answer session at one of the additional programs offered by the Academy........ The question was asked....... That if a pool of applicants with equal or very similar academic and extra curricular activities........What separates one applicant from the next for admission??? The answer was unanimous......the applicant that consistently initiates and demonstrates their interest in attending the Academy. Taking every opportunity to participate is sponsored programs and interacting with admission personnel.
Im sure others here can elaborate more on the importance of making sure admissions knows who you are and how committed your are in attending. So if you can or are offered additional opportunities.......take them!!!!
like everyone else said...not so much impact. AIM is more for the person. the cadre wrote evals of each AIMster and added them to our files. I am friends with one of my former cadre and he feels that they were not even looked at. best of luck tho !!
She was in Bravo! What about you?
I was in Golf Company! Hmm...I think I knew a girl in Bravo though...is your last name Williams?
No but I will say she loves Rugby does that help! She is super athletic and very motivating...
Sorry, doesn't ring a bell. Although good chances are that I passed her by! Is she set on going to the Academy as well?
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