Candidate Statements?

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  1. kbaek

    kbaek Member

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    My grades are mediocre and my SAT/ACT scores are decent, so I felt that the essay could be a deciding factor on my admissions. I have a lot of extracurriculars and everything but the shuttle run was above average on my CFA.

    With this in mind, how important are the candidate statements? I've been treating them with equal weight as everything else, but they've been preventing me from turning in a complete application for the past month or two.
     
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    If you are applying for 2015, you need to complete your application as soon as you can. I hope your didn't complete your application already minuse the candidate statement.

    The simple fact is completing your application early will increase your chance of getting accepted, if you are fully qualified. West Point uses rolling admission process, so they don't wait until the application deadline. As close you get more competition you have.

    I don't know but I am pretty sure the admissions committee don't spend too much time on your candidate statement - more than likely they will check to see if you can write and you give reasonable reasons on why West Point and why Army.
     
  3. Casey

    Casey USMA 2015

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    When we were at SLS, we were told that the statements, while important, aren't the end all be all. The admission counselors told us they'd look closer at them for borderline candidates to see English skills and also to help make sure candidates are coming for the right reasons.
     
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    synapse USMA Appointee 2015

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    I asked my regional director, and he told me something along the lines of "you're not writing something for the Princeton Review" (I'm definitely misquoting that).

    Basically, just get it in, and know that there's no reason to do 7-8 drafts of each statement like I did.
     

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