Applying to the CGA Class of 2019

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  1. eaglescout68

    eaglescout68 Member

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    I was wondering could someone applying to the academy as freshmen in college. I was accepted into a civilian college and I still would love to be a cadet at the academy. Right now there is no way I would get into the academy.
    The college I am going to does have an ROTC so I might do that for a year and take Military science. I would appreciate some feedback on this. Thank you
     
  2. TrumpetTennis

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    More do this than one would think. Don't just take ROTC, excel at it, and try to be the best cadet there. Make sure you take as much chemistry, calculus, and physics as you can. Statics would also be a plus. Retake your SAT and ACT, paying just as much attention to written as well as verbal. Show admissions that you can be successful in college, something NO high school applicants have. Don't drink. Don't join a crazy fraternity, if necessary, make sure its a service fraternity. Make sure you get an interview. Bother your admissions officer monthly. Try and secure an ROTC scholarship. Get a good score on the PFE if you don't do sports in college. Anything over 200 is pretty good, in my opinion, as that's the commissioning standard.

    That's really about it.:thumb:

    Also, apply now anyway! So what if they say no!

    I got kicked out of the academy and did a year of college then reapplied. Many of my current classmates did college for a year (even two years). There's even a guy who had a bachelor's degree, albeit very very uncommon! Also, there is an age limit as to when you can start the Academy, so be careful about that. If you want to play varsity sports at the Academy and that's your cup of tea, be careful about NCAA 4 year eligibility rules, so as not to limit how much you can play if/when you get here.
     
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  3. eaglescout68

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    Thanks for answering my question. Right now I am going to focus on the rest of my senior year in High school and getting in shape for a fire explorer camp in the summer which is physically demanding. I will re-look at the academy probably sometime my freshman year of college. Hopefully this time I can try and get a amazing GPA and actually have a shot at getting into the academy.
     
  4. kpo

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    Thanks for the advice TrumpetTennis.

    DS is facing the same issue. He applied to Class of 2018, but did not receive an appointment. He has an outstanding high school GPA (3.85/4.0) in a mix of honors and advanced courses, but his ACT score did not match his performance in the classroom. He scored an 19 on his first attempt, and increased his composite score to a 24 after taking the test 5 times. He has applied for an Army ROTC scholarship, and has been told he has a good chance of getting it but his primary goal continues to be to attend the Coast Guard Academy. I will share your post with him, and I know he will take it to heart. He was hoping to be finished with the ACT by now, but he has 2 more opportunities to increase his score before he graduates from HS.
     
  5. STLINE

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    yes it is possible. Make sure to maintain good credentials your first year at civ college though and stay involved
     
  6. tankengmom

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    Consider something like Greystone Prep School at Schreiner University

    Consider looking into a military prep school. I recommend Greystone Prep School in Texas. My son went there and it gives you the leadership, physical training and academics...You will take the SAT and ACT every time it is offered. It is university affiliate so all academic classes you need. Still time to check it out and visit. Awesome program.
    Good luck.
     
  7. eaglescout68

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    Hi,
    Thank you all of you who responded. As of right now I'm going to study a degree in Emergency Management at a college in my home state, and I will wait and see what happens. I might go into OCS
     

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