Are there stats for NJ Admission Percentages

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  1. NJ_Dad

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    My son is a SOPH at an all boys in HS central NJ and has been talking about the military his whole life. Good student and very fit ( On School rowing team ) and lots of involvement from a leadership perspective. and lots fund raising like Tunnel 2 Towers in NYC etc since 7th grade he ran it on his own with a time 25.10. But then everyone has that these days not like when I went to college. We have been to WP several times for rowing training so he see's what its all about and understands the commitment now, during and after. Not exactly his moms favorite topic but she supports him 1,000 % NJ always seems to be pounded on percentages on submission for anything because of our dense population. Anyone have any views into NJ's challenges
     
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    I can tell you what our experience was. My son learned about WP the summer before high school and determined that WP was his goal. His goal later broadened to include ROTC and we did tour other senior military colleges (shout out to VMI!!).

    He had a few challenges -
    He was homeschooled, so he did not have a varisty team to play on. And of course no varisty letter (which WP likes to see).
    He was not a boy scout (and therefore not an eagle scout). He did not attend Boys State (and we know that WP likes to see this on their resume).
    No AP classes.
    No school clubs - where he could pursue leadership opportunities.

    Every year he would read on the WP website what WP expected an applicant to be doing. (http://www.westpoint.edu/admissions...f720127ddbde}&SortField=URLNoMenu&SortDir=Asc ) Based on what we read there, we'd make a plan for the upcoming school year - what classes/subjects to study and what opportunities to pursue. Instead of AP classes, he took classes at our local community college starting in his sophomore year.
    He also read about the CFA requirements and began to diligently prepare for that.
    He pursued alternative leadership opportunities.

    There is no doubt about the fact that NJ is a very competitive state.
     
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    I will add one more thing. While my son would read what WP wanted to see in their applicants, he also didn't do things to create resume fodder. He pursued his passions and interests. We then looked to see where his interests might intersect with WP resume requirements.
     
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    NJ is very competitive.
    From my son's school there have been two appointments in 3 years, both "under represented minorities".
    They were both qualified in every way.
     
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    thx
     
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    This past year (2015) each NJ senators had over 300 applicants for nominations. Less than MD or VA, but sill a lot of competition.
     
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    I think it is best to assume all aspects of applying to an SA are 'competitive' since far more apply than are accepted. Would it change your son's mind about applying if we said it was 'more' or 'less' competitive??? This questions gets asked ALL the time on here.

    Frankly, I think a h.s. student should focus on doing what they: 1) enjoy, 2) are good at or 3) can contribute to their school without being overly focused on what looks good on their SA academy application. Interests may change, so just focusing on one college and what you THINK they want their applicants to have on their resume is not a good idea.
     
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    I agree he is doing what he loves and loves doing it. Like I always tell him competition will always surround you in school, life and work so prepare for it and you have the best chance to succeed. I just point him to his uncle that was AFROTC Univ Maryland. Top Cadet - Fresh & Soph year then when it came time to sign on the line after taking his physicals for pilot slot changed his mind and switched back to normal academics path.. Always be prepared for a course correction.
     
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    I was told that Central New Jersey is one of the most competitive districts in Country. We have some of the best schools and the highest taxes to support them. I was also told that we place more than our anticipated allotment off the NWL so while much more competitive, West Point does accept more from here in recognition of the caliber of pool of applicants.

    If his dream is military but not entirely West Point, the Air Force apparently was down about 20% in applicants and they pursued my son hard in the end but by that time he was all in and going for broke for West Point (ROTC and re-apply as Plan B) and there was no turning back. His dream was always West Point from 6th grade on but knowing how competitive it is in NJ he would have been happy to have been accepted at any of the academies.
     
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    Yeah we sit dead center CNJ. Lol. And yes his school is highly competive boys school were varsity letters especially in Crew are difficult . When you live in NJ you can't use Rutgers Univ (preferred state school ) as a safety as some parents I k ow found out the hard way. So that is how we play it . He has multiple plans he is working on and in the end the right fit will be presented one way or another.
     
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    Rutgers ROTC is actually pretty good. There was an article this month in the alumni magazine which discussed a very good vetran support program.
    Based on published research, facilities etc. in 2015 Rutgers ranks 50th worldwide and 33 nationally. Often thought of much better outside state than in. If only they could play football.

    http://cwur.org/2015/
     
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    We got to know the ROTC unit at Seton Hall and we were very impressed with everyone we met there. I would have been happy if my son had ended up there. It's a good unit.

    I wonder if Rutgers will ever have a really good football team.... That's the 64.000 dollar question! (Guess I'm dating myself with that reference. lol)
     
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    Don't EVER count on it
     

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