Chances for admissions

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by Sharky4USCGA, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Sharky4USCGA

    Sharky4USCGA Member

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    Just seeing what my chances are currently.

    Junior in high school
    3.3 GPA
    Certified Lifeguard
    Certified SCUBA Diver
    Senior Airman in the Civil Air Patrol
    AP classes
    AVID student
    2 time varsity wrestler(state runner-up team)

    Anything that I should have in mind before I apply next year? Any help is appreciated:) thank you
     
  2. nigel

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    Hi Sharkey! I am NOT really knowledgable about this so take my opinion with a huge shaker of salt. However, after going through the app process with DD and lurking here for a year, here is my take on it...

    You need to boost that GPA - is that weighted or unweighted? My impression is the Academy wants to see a 3.8. I realize that in the second semester of your Junior year not too much can be done.

    You didn't mention test scores, have you taken them yet? They need to be extra good to balance out the GPA.

    As a point of reference, my DD was just offered a spot in the scholars program (prep school). She has a 3.6 UW at a highly competitive nationally-ranked high school. ACT - 30/ENG, 27/MATH, 30/SCI, 25/READ. She showed a lot of interest and had wonderful recs. She is not a minority, but being female probably helped her a smidgen. She is a recruited athlete, which probably helped her a lot of smidgens.

    May I suggest two additional options for you? The first is to consider self-prep for a year if not accepted, and then reapply. This was DDs Plan B. I get the impression that if you really, really want CGA, and you show that with hard work and perseverance, eventually you will be accepted.

    Also, have you considered the USMA? Of all the SAs, they seem the best fit for your stats. West Point seems to want a good student - not necessarily a great student - with a lot of other accomplishments and activities. The mission may not appeal to you, it is just an idea...

    One other piece of advice... Develop a relationship with your admissions officer! We had no idea how important that was from just reading the website. Then at CFAD the presenters really stressed how important this relationship was, and we were sick about it. Since we had no questions, DD never thought to contact him, but at CFAD they told us how your Admissions officer is very much your advocate to the admissions board. You want this person to know you!

    Hopefully Luigi or LITS will come along and give you some more knowledgable feedback. There is also someone from Admissions who posts here but the name escapes me right now. Best of luck to you!
     
  3. phillipe

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    His/Her name is "Objee", and is a wonderful source of factul current information.
     
  4. nigel

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    Sorry, Sharkey, I totally overlooked your wrestling! You sound pretty accomplished. This is key for you! Introduce yourself to the coach and get on his radar.

    I think NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from initiating contact with prospects until the summer before their senior year. However, you are welcome to contact a coach whenever you like.

    Obviously I have no idea how good you are, but don't assume you aren't good enough. I say this because DD initially didn't think her athletics would be much of a hook. While she is pretty good, she isn't D1 good. Keep in mind that USCGA is a D3 school and you may be surprised what an asset you will be to the team!
     
  5. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Plenty of opportunities to play sports at CGA.... even branch out.

    Get that GPA up.
     
  6. BruceRTalbot

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    You may wish to consider obtaining an SAT/ACT prep-book and CD any using free time going through the book and taking the practice tests on the CD. Boosting your ACT/SAT score even a couple points can make a difference in the highly competitive selection process. Some applicants have taken SAT/ACT prep classes over the summer but shop wisely as some providers can charge excessive fees.
     
  7. soccerchic

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    Apply for AIM! :smile:
     

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