Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by ctran, Nov 19, 2007.
Honestly, your situation is so unique that any sort of speculation by anyone would be totally worthless. Try for it.
Why did you wait until January to retake the SATs? Kinda makes this look like a spur of the moment thing. Just a question that someone might ask that you should be prepared to answer.
We generally try to stay away from making predictions about odds of appointments - there are just so many factors involved.
I can tell you this - academically your college grades and the courses are looked carefully and are very important. While you have a 3.49 gpa at a community college I have no idea what courses you took to get that GPA. The CGA will look highly on success in course work in higher level Math - i.e. Calculus and hard sciences such as Chemistry and Physics.
Regardless of college work you still need to take the SAT's. If you are taking them in January - I suggest you spend the next several months preparing to do well.
Here are the class of 2011 stats for CGA:
As you can see this is a weak spot for you.
So you really need to concentrate on your SAT test - also consider taking the ACT. Some kids do better on this.
As far as the CSPI program goes you still need a minimum SAT of 1000 (CR and Math). You would still come up short for this program.
You also need to attend a school with a 25% or greater minority population - so you have to pick your school carefully.
If you really want to be a Coast Guard Officer - I suggest you get in touch with an admissions officer at the CGA.
If you want to consider the ACT test, it may be to your advantage. The ACT English section is almost all grammar. The SAT verbal section has a lot of vocabulary along with grammar.
Math is just math. I don't think they are too different.
The Class of 2011 profile facts:
U.S. cadets hail from 39 states with nine coming from Germany, Puerto Rico, Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Additionally, there are four international cadets who are sponsored by the United Arab Emirates, Marshall Islands, Romania, and Antigua. These will be the first representatives of the UAE, Romania and Marshall Islands to join the Corps of Cadets.
74% of the Class intends to major in engineering, math or science.
30% are female and 18% are from underrepresented racial groups.
Over 50% come from families whose immediate members are in or were in a branch of the U.S. military.
Overall, the SAT average for the class is 1275 (critical reading and math).
3345 students submitted an application; 341 were offered appointments and 275 indviduals will swear-in on R-Day.
What is valued more: Class Rank or SAT scores?
From http://www.uscga.edu/display.aspx?id=2954 :
The high school class rank is weighted three times, the math component of your standardized test score is weighted two times, and the verbal component of your standardized test score is weighted once; the sum of these is your academic score.
Nice. CGA knows how to really do it.
it should be noted that they don't take your class rank at face value. they look at the strength of your high school schedule and how competitive your school is -
the "rest" of the story:
This is beneficial to kids who took a difficult high school schedule - i.e. lots of honors and/or AP courses, Calc etc - and whose high school does not weight grades. Alos, if your high school is really competitive you can get away with a lower class rank.
Usually in most cases, those with high class ranks did in fact take challenging courses, APs. etc, since most schools weight them. I don't know anyone in the top ten percent here that did not take APs. Everything has a flaw, even class rank.
I didn't do well freshman year, and earned about a 3.5 there, but I worked extremely hard, and one can see a serious grade inflation. I managed to pull myself from top 35 percent to top 5 percent by the end of my junior year
These will be noted favorably and weighted accordingly by all the academies when they view your transcript.
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