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  1. academyforums

    academyforums Member

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    I know that the application for USMA will come out July 1 at the earliest. I want to send it in as soon as I possibly can.

    First of all, can you send in your application in July? I ask this because I am not sure if you need to send in your grades from the beginning of senior year in the application.

    If so, does that mean that I would have to have my letters of recomendation from teachers by the end of this school year?
     
  2. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    You have filled the candidate questionare already, right?

    So, you must send all the high school grades you have (including Junior's). That would be the "early" action. Later on, you will be requested the 7th semester transcript.

    I'm not sure until when can you send in the letters of recommendation, but as early is better. That means trying to get them in by July... Or at the earliest.
     
  3. Casey

    Casey USMA 2015

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    If you talk to your teachers before this schoolyear is over, they can do your rec's over break as they are e-mailed the link to complete the rec's online when you provide their contact information
     
  4. br1ankim24

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    So the people I'd want to talk to for recs before school ends are math teacher, physical science teacher, and english teachers, correct?

    also, what do i have to request from my counselor?
     
  5. robinhood17

    robinhood17 USMA Cadet

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    this is my plan:
    get email adresses from teachers before the end of the year (they fill out the rec form online)
    get email address from counselor (they send in transcript, school profile, etc)
    do nomination forms in july
    schedule CFA and DODMBERb the DAY it is up on the website
    the interview should follow.

    Remember, you don't have to have a nomination to be viewed for an LOA, or a DODMBERb i believe, so it is definitely feasible to get it done in July, especially if you attend a summer seminar (as the CFA is done there)

    Hopefully I have all of that correct. :smile:
     
  6. USMA2016

    USMA2016 Appointee - Class of 2016

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    I've heard that the MALO interview is also done at SLS, is that true?
     
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    A physics or chemistry teacher, not physical science. As for your counselor, you will need to request your transcripts/academic information. You will also need your counselor to confirm your CAR (Candidate Activities Record).
     
  8. robinhood17

    robinhood17 USMA Cadet

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    If i remember correctly from my MALO, it is a brief interview/eval. most admissions interviews tend to be fairly long and in depth. correct me if i am wrong. I do know that usafa SS and NASS do not have an official interview built in. :smile:
     
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    The candidate interview will be conducted by your squad leader (junior) during the SLS, not a MALO. It serves the same purpose.
     
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    Are there certain teachers of specific subjects you need to get rec letters from?
     
  11. AKH

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    Yes, you need a Math, English, and Science teacher to fill out the evaluation West Point will send them. They don't write you letters - you plug in their email address on your application and West Point emails them their form.

    At SLS you have some individual time with your squad leader and they ask you some questions and fill out a form about you. I think I also remember someone saying they rank the members of their squad.

    All you need for an LOA is transcripts and test scores, and it's very easy to get that in if you plan well.

    What worked for me was that I informed all the teachers and my counselor/transcript registrar that, once they agreed to help me, I would be contacting them with what I needed. Luckily the app came out while school was still in session for me so I was able to see them and tell them exactly what they would see - I don't know if that'll be the same case this year!
     
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    English, Math, and Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry).
     
  13. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Does anyone know if it is an instant process (you fire-up their e-mail, recs get sent to those addresses)?
     
  14. AKH

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    Yes, looked like it to me. I submitted one teacher's info at the same time I sent him an email saying I was doing so and he said he received the email from WP before mine :biggrin:
     
  15. jocomom

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    My DS son was told by his MALO that an interview was required even though he was attending theSLS and would have an interview then. They are two distinct conversations.
     
  16. Casey

    Casey USMA 2015

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    This may depend on the MALO. My MALO told me that the interview at SLS was all I needed and I did not have an interview with him. Its probably something you should talk to them about to find out for yourself
     
  17. usafahopeful1

    usafahopeful1 Prospective Cadet 2017

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    I homeschool, and therefore have the same math, English and science teacher (mom). I do take some classes at the local hs though. Am I allowed to get recommendations from them and/or Girl Scouts, Civil Air Patrol and other extracurriculars?
     
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    synapse USMA Appointee 2015

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    I would say call up your MALO or FFR about what their interview policy is; if they treat the SLS interview as sufficient, then I would recommend that you bring some kind of resume/information with you of grades, XCs, athletics, test scores, etc. It'll give you some talking points (though to be honest, I don't remember if I brought one to my FFR interview)

    Either way, it won't hurt to have some kind of resume prepared for any part of the college admissions process
     
  19. NamD

    NamD Candidate

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    I believe the science teacher can be any science teacher in your high school that taught "laboratory" science. Biology is not an exception.
     
  20. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    It is supposed to be a Chemistry or Physics Teacher. Cadets don't have to take biology. They have to take chemistry and physics. From the FAQ:

    q: What courses should I take?
    a: To prepare yourself for the academic curriculum at West Point, you should complete four years of English with a strong emphasis on composition, grammar, literature and speech; four years of college preparatory mathematics, to include algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra, and trigonometry as a minimum; two years of a foreign language; two years of a laboratory science such as chemistry and physics, and one year of U.S. history, including courses in geography, government and economics. If your school includes a course in precalculus and calculus in its curriculum, and a basic computing course, these courses will be helpful in preparing you for your first year at West Point.
     

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