Chances of a VMI or Citadel acceptance?

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  1. brady77

    brady77 New Member

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    Hello,

    I am applying Early Decision to VMI in November.

    2.5 GPA :(
    1650 SAT
    President of Science Club, Vice President of Habitat for Humanity Club, Model UN for 4 years, Mock Trial for 2 years, Student Council Vice President and yearbook participant. I also have my Private Pilot's License and I am working on getting my helicopter rating as well. 1 year of Varsity Golf, 1 year of Varsity Baseball. I go to a private school in Manhattan.

    My question is, do I have a good chance of getting into VMI or the Citadel as my 2nd choice?

    Thank You,

    Brady
     
  2. SCcandidate2015

    SCcandidate2015 Member

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    First question: where do you live?
     
  3. brady77

    brady77 New Member

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    I'm from New York City.
     
  4. CitadelGrad

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    Your extra-curricular activities will mitigate your GPA to some extent. What percentile does 1650 equate to?
     
  5. brady77

    brady77 New Member

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    Any thoughts?
     
  6. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    I don't think that anyone not associated with the admissions office can tell you this. Your grades and sat scores are a lot below the average. Extra curriculars will help some. The one thing I can promise is that if you don't apply- you won't get accepted! But you should probably have a backup school because your scores are definitely not the kind where someone here will tell you : " you are a lock"
     
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    Any community service hours? Varsity Letter?
     
  8. tro55

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    I would say you are not in the surefire acceptance category. Many applications for the 2011-2012 year were turned down, and I would expect the competition can only get harder this year. Get those grades up, and retake the SAT. You need to be getting better in both categories. Good Luck to you.
     
  9. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Brady- The acceptance rate at VMI for this year's rat class was 45% (52%for out of staters) and the composite Verbal and Math SAT was 1160 (so figure for all 3 is something like 1740) with a 3.5 GPA so I would be hard pressed to tell you that you are guaranteed admission.

    But sometimes GPA doesn't tell the whole story as it is an average of 4 years. Often times it takes a student a while in high school before he matures enough to start focusing on his grades and studies. Hopefully your GPA somewhat falls into that category- so if you have a pattern of demonstrated improvement that would change how things look somewhat. Raising your SAT's would help as well. I don't think that you can take the SAT in time to get it considered before the ED decisions are made, but if it were me- I would plan on taking them again so that if you don't get accepted ED you have done something to improve your package before the regular decisions are made. VMI is looking for someone who can handle the academic load while handling all the rest of what is a really demanding schedule physically and mentally. Are you interested in pursuing a commission? that will help. Are your recommendations from your teachers strong? That will help. . there are no guarantees and you should plan accordingly, but that doesn't mean everything is down the tubes. Keep the faith and do what you can to strengthen your file
     
  10. SCcandidate2015

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    Well, the reason I asked where you live is because it's historically much easier to get in to The Citadel if you live in SC. The admissions office won't admit that, but it's true. The Citadel is extremely South Carolina-centric. Only about half of the cadets come from SC, but it is true that it's much easier to get in if you are from SC. Your GPA is low. That's an irrefutable fact. Your GPA is lower than the average admitted person. Can you get in? Yes. Would it help a lot if you lived in SC? Definitely. Are you in the best position for admission? No.

    With that said, if I were you, I'd try to get in touch with some alumni that are high up in the social sphere. There are bound to be several in NYC. Lawyers, doctors, politicians, somebody who's got influence. The more "important" they are, the better. They can pull strings like you wouldn't believe at The Citadel. I know a former regimental commander, who is a lawyer now. Several of my friends have made contact with him, and he was able to get company assignments, roommate assignments, and other things for them. If you know somebody, they can help you out immensely. Also, CALL YOUR ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR. Link: http://www.citadel.edu/root/meet-the-staff Commander Nimmich did wonders for me; I had a few problems getting money straightened out. Let him/her know how interested you are. Tell how much you want to go there, and for what reasons. Another REALLY good person to get in contact with is the department head of your major. CONTACT this person. If people know who you are, you have that much better of a chance of getting in. If you think people don't do the kinds of things I'm saying, you're wrong. Don't feel guilty, or otherwise bad, because people do this stuff all the time.
     

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