Applying to other schools

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  1. Shelbyboyz

    Shelbyboyz Member

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    How does the USNA know what other schools my DS is applying to? or do they?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Memphis9489

    Memphis9489 Parent

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    I don't think they do - nor do I think they care.

    The Naval Academy fully understands that all the candidates are applying to other institutions - as they should.

    Your son isn't also applying to Bob Marley Institute, is he? Yeah, you may not want that to get out. :smile:
     
  3. usnajosh

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    USNA has no way of knowing what other schools your child is applying to....unless, for some odd reason, you get the urge to tell them! :thumb:
     
  4. Shelbyboyz

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    Thanks. DS has only applied to USNA and USMA. Didn't want either institution to think that he was so confident (or stupid?) to only apply to these two. Now we are going to look at ROTC scholarships and other schools after reading some posts here. DS's heart is not in it, but everyone seems to concur that a back-up plan is a must:frown:
     
  5. goldfarb1

    goldfarb1 Candidate

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    USNA doesn't care where you apply, whether you are applying to other schools, etc. There's no way they would even know unless you specifically told them. But I can't think of a reason why you would. The only reason I can see it hurting you is telling your BGO in the interview "Yeah USNA is my backup if I don't get into X."

    Apply to schools with the mindset you won't get into USNA. Don't just apply to some random backup school. Apply to 3 reaches, 2 matches, and a safety, all of which you'd be willing to attend. Every single one of the schools I'm applying to is on the commonapp with the exception of VMI, Norwich and Penn State. Norwich waived the application fee if I applied by like Aug 12. So that's one application done. Commonapp is very strait forward. Depending on where you are applying there is a supplement essay or two (I only have to do two supplement essays, all of which are 250 words or less). I have been working on a main essay, and am probably 3 weeks away from calling it complete. Go to your counselors NOW to get a recommendation. Give the counselor a deadline as well. Don't say Nov. 1. Or else it won't get done and it'll be put under some filing cabinet. Told my counselor I had a deadline of Aug 31 to get the recommendation done for commonapp. Didn't ask me why it was so early, just said "great I'll have it done by then." Problem is if you wait until october, the counselors are swamped with these. A friend from last year turned her stuff in October for a recommendation to meet a deadline in december. Long story short, the counselor missed all 5 of the college deadlines. When getting my stuff in for USNA, I asked my counselor in April to do the academic and activity information. Guess when it was finally completed? One form in July, other form on the second of August. Told me she'd have it done the week I gave it to her. Use murphy's law. If something can go wrong, it will go wrong. Plan for the worse, and allow a lot of room if something does go wrong.

    NROTC will require you to apply to five schools. I applied to 5, plus 2 additional. I just want to have enough options so that it will lessen the blow if I get a TWE from USNA. And remember the end goal isn't getting into USNA, USMA, etc....it's getting the commission. So don't feel that a rejection to USNA is the end of the world.

    Good luck!
     
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  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    BGOs often ask, in the context of Plan B. I don't so much care the other schools to which the candidate is applying. I do want to see that he/she has other options in play, in case USNA doesn't work out.
     
  7. hawk

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    Here's a harder but somewhat related question: Should candidates list in their resume/EC's for the other schools that they are a competitive candidate at the academies? Or LOA?

    Likewise, List an LOA from a SA on a different SA application?

    Could work for or against a candidate it would appear.

    It sounds like some schools want to know that and factor that into their decision positively. Others might view it as a lost cause that would negatively impact their "Yield", and have it count against a candidate.
     
  8. dohdean

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    In our area (Colorado) Congressmen/women also ask this question because they want to see that the candidate is serious about a military education (they specifically ask whether the candidate has applied to ROTC and to more than one Academy). That may differ by region of the country and obviously by Congressperson. Even if their heart is not in it, candidates should apply to civilian schools also -- an unexpected medical, physical issue/injury can arise which ends up in a disqualification, making civilian college a necessity.
     
  9. subvet

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    Bob Marley

    Your son isn't also applying to Bob Marley Institute, is he? Yeah, you may not want that to get out. :smile:

    Been there have you?:wink:
     
  10. navy2016

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    should it be mentioned that u are also applying to other SA's?
    or only done so if specifically asked?
     
  11. Shelbyboyz

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    Thanks everyone for the info! This is my first experience with an application process of any kind and I must say, it has been eye opening. I remember a USNA mom saying "you may think your DS is all THAT...but you will quickly find out that he is not". I have a huge amount of respect for the "best and brightest" choosing this course and we will keep working hard to achieve it :thumb:

    I'm not sure how this will all play out for my DS...but he included on his resume that he attended the USMA SLS and also brought it up in his BGO interview.
     

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