Am I behind in completing my applciation requirments?

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  1. JimKollar

    JimKollar New Member

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    Hello all,

    I just wanted to gauge where I should be at and where I am at currently in my application process for West Point. I have just been able to send out my Senatorial nomination applications and should have my Congressional nomination application sent by next week. On my Candidate Forum I have completed everything but my 3 teacher evaluations, fitness test, and candidate statements.
    Am I on the right track to getting my application done in comparison to how fast others complete theirs?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. thunderbird12

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    thats not something other people can necessarily tell you. it is up to you to determine how fast you want to complete your file and how much motivation you want to show admissions. everyone has their own pace of doing things, but its their choice. as always, they say to get things done as early as possible... so if you think you are doing your absolute best to keep things moving along in the process in all areas, not just concerning you (ex: teacher evaluations, check in with them for reminders every so often), then you are on the right track.
    hope this helps.
     
  3. mom3boys

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    Since admissions is a rolling process, earlier is always better. You cannot be offered admission without a nomination, so you need to plan to have your application completed before nomination interviews are held, so when you get the nom, you are good to go!:thumb:
     
  4. Iwheel

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    IMO you are on the right track. Like the above post said, the earlier the better. If you are looking to get an LOA, you should complete everything you can control, physical tests, statements, and the recommendation letters ASAP. If, however, your SAT/ACT scores/GPA are little bit low, and you don't believe a LOA is possible, you could take some time to prepare for the Physical tests, make sure they are the best you can do; take some time to complete some good statements, and possibly retake the SAT while waiting for the nomination. Yet, the earlier to complete the better normally still holds. Once the nomination comes, you should also have completed everything else.

    The earlier the better rule maybe slightly different this year (just my thoughts though) because last year the Admissions was "burned" by rolling admitting too many too early. The saying is they will be more restrictive to give out early admissions this year.
     
  5. usafacademy4

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    like many people said, everyone has different timelines for themselves. For me, I have finished my application because I was very motivated to finish it as soon as possible. It has been done for about 3 weeks now. But, it also helped that I attended USMA Summer Seminar. So, it all depends on your motivation and desire to finish the application!:thumb: good luck!
     
  6. buff81

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    All candidates should make it their goal to have their file completed (red icons turned to green) NO LATER THAN October 31.
     
  7. gotaplay2

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    I thought the deadline was January - My DS just has his CFA to complete and wants to get as many practice runs in as possible before he submits it. His plan is to submit it by the end of this month. Should he have finished earlier?
     
  8. buff81

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    The deadline is the end of February, but notice that I said that the 'goal' should be by the end of October. That is what our Regional Commander told us to have our candidates shoot for.
    Why? Well, your file cannot go before the admissions committee until it is complete with a nom. The sooner you have your file complete, the more times it goes before the Admissions committee and the more opportunities you have to get an appointment.
    The situation of last year is a good example. There were so many outstanding candidates last year that the class was pretty well full BEFORE the end of February deadline.
    If your son has been practicing the CFA, then he should know if he has average scores. If he has average scores in each event, then that is passing (the maximum and average scores are published, the failing scores are not). Remember that if he fails one event, then he fails the whole CFA.
    Also, tell him that he does not receive extra points for going over the maximum, so he should stop if he reaches the max and save his energy for the next event.
     
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  9. BigNick

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    There is a deadline a few weeks from now - HOWEVER I am 100% sure that the sooner you complete your file the better chance you willl have. Of course, there will be people who get into West Point that do not complete the process until the last possible day. If you have a nomination and are deemed fully qualified by Admisssions you will get in. However, the odds definitely get worst with time.
    My son was told several times that he was one of the first people in the nation to complete his file. This created a positive impression. The Admission officer stated that this was a clear indication of his desire to get into West Point.
    COMPLETE THAT FILE
     
  10. buff81

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    Per USMA web site: Files not completed by the first Monday in March will be closed from further consideration.

    This is not always true. It is true IF you have a Principle nomination.
    It is not true if you are not the principle nom or if you are not the vacancy winner on a competitive slate.
    There are MANY fully qualified with a nom that do NOT get appointments.


    Great advise that can't be stressed enough! :thumb:
     

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