Candidate Academic Information

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  1. Ectriso

    Ectriso Member

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    Does anyone know what is contained in the Candidate Academic Information and is it important to have this part done ASAP? The problem is that I just emailed my counselor (wasn't expecting her to email back tonight) and I received an auto-response saying that she is now on maternity leave and will not receive emails or phone calls till 10/17/11. I entered her email for this part in the CIS on June 7th so she should know about it. However, would it be detrimental if this part was not done until she returned?

    Thank you.
     
  2. 2012mom?

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    As I recall, my DD entered all of her academic information into the CIS, and the counselor had to verify/approve it. Academic info included classes taken in HS, grades, test scores, honors/awards, etc. I believe that the HS contact also supplies info about the HS itself: what % of graduates go to college, difficulty of course offerings, etc.

    I don't think it's an absolute show-stopper if your HS contact can't take care of this until fall. Application materials can be submitted up until next spring if need be.

    HOWEVER, it's better to get things rolling earlier rather than later. For one thing, our BGO told us that the CGO pays attention to the time it takes for all of a candidate's application to be completed (shorter time probably means more serious interest). Most important, your application must be mostly complete (2/3 or 3/4?) before USNA will forward your info to DoDMERB for scheduling of medical appointments.

    Can you contact your guidance office or your HS principal to try to get an alternate contact to get things going sooner? If you can get a different contact, be sure to call the USNA CGO to give them the information, as I don't think you can change it in the CIS.
     
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    Candidate Academic Info: This form accompanies the Request for High School transcript and must be completed by the guidance counselor or registrar. It includes details about the schools academic program - courses offered, method for computing GPA, student's class rank and class size, etc.

    Hate to say it but your counselor shouldn't be a single point of failure. especially if your package is 99% complete and you just need that info. USNA starts looking at packets end of Sept i believe. they are on a rolling admission so as stated above it certainly helps that the sooner you get the USNA application complete the better, especially if you have a strong package.

    I echo the recommendation to see if there will be an alternative counselor until your current one comes back from maternity leave. each BGO is different too...some want you to have a certain percent of your packet done before asking for an interview while others (like myself) try to knock the interviews out as soon as I can in the beginning of the summer/fall. Best of luck!
     
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    The academy has a rolling admissions system. The sooner your file is complete enough for consideration, the sooner they will consider you. It does not have to be 100% complete, but certain items must be completed. You want to have your hat in the ring as soon as possible because the number of candidates grows throughout the year. It's better to be competing against 2000 candidates instead of 6000, or 10000, or 15000.
     
  5. mumsyto3

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    I agree with the above posters.

    2 summers ago, DS ran into a similar situation, with a counselor being out of the office. DS had sent the information early on to his counselor, but they didn't take care of it. While DS was off in Europe for a couple of weeks, he had his emails forwarded to me to keep an eye on anything that might come through for the SA's. USNA admissions officer sent him an email saying that his application was complete except for that form. The admissions officer stated that he wanted his application complete so he could take it to the admissions board. Since my son was out of the country (and only because he was out of the country), I went to his high school to see if I could talk to another counselor to see if they could fill out the information. (Now obviously if my son had been home he would have taken care of this :thumb:)

    Unfortunately, during the summer there was limited staff there. However, I was able to meet with one of the asssistant principals and after some gentle prodding he was able to get another counselor to look into the matter and get the information sent off. Within a few weeks he was being notified of an LoA!

    Bottomline, if you can, check with the school. See if there is anyone else who can help with the paperwork. Explain to them the importance of getting this paperwork in as soon as possible. Even if the counselor is on maternity leave, the school has a duty to make sure that the counselor's duties are being covered by someone else.

    Best of luck to you!
     
  6. Ectriso

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    Thankfully, this was just a case of me reaching panic mode with the application. My guidance counselor is able to do everything even though the auto-response says that she can't receive email. Everything is good now, and I can take a deep breath :thumb:

    Thank you everyone for your responses though. Sorry to waste your time.
     

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