Chances of getting accepted into West Point

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  1. Patriot95

    Patriot95 Member

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    I'm a junior in high school and I run cross country and track. I got A's and B's my freshmen year and a low C during fourth quarter in my honors math class. My sophomore year I took all college prep classes and got all A's and B's. I think my overall gpa is a 3.2 which I know isn't very good. I want to apply to the SLS program at West Point in the winter and also want to know if I have a decent chance of getting accepted to attend the program over the summer. If there is anyone who could help guide me along the way I would greatly appreciate it. Also what else should I do to help better my chance of getting into West Point? If there is anyone who has attended West Point or is a student at West Point could you please give me your e-mail so I can get to know more about it and what I should do.
     
  2. Melitzank

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    A 3.2 will hurt....is it weighted or unweighted? Any AP classes? Are you captain of cross country or track? What clubs are you in? Do you hold any leadership positions? Just by looking at your academics alone, a 3.2 doesn`t look great. 3.7 is usually the low end of competitive. Take AP classes, do well on the SAT & ACT, and don`t give up.

    My .02.
     
  3. Patriot95

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    Right now I am not taking any AP classes which I know I should I just did not want to take the risk of getting in over my head and not doing well in the class. Is there any chance that if I am doing really well in some of my classes I could switch into an honors or AP class? By the way should I be talking to my school counselor about me wanting to get into West Point?
     
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    A junior without any AP classes in a school that offers them will not help your application at all. I don`t know your school`s policy for switching into honors or AP, but I know at my school, you can`t. At my school we only have 25 slots open for each AP class, so there`s an application we have to fill out. I`m going to say no to the AP for sure also because there`s a lot of work that goes into AP, and it`s not the type of thing you can just come into after the class has already begun. Don`t know about honors.

    Yes, talk to your guidance counselor.

    At this point, a 3.2 isn`t looking good, looks even worse with no AP classes.

    What about the other things I asked about? Clubs? Leadership? etc?
     
  5. Patriot95

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    Not in any clubs, but I can apply for National Honor Society this year and what if I were to get straight A's this whole year would that help at all. Also a senior who was on my xc team last year tried to get into West Point and he got a nomination, but didn't get in. His grades were terrible after his freshmen year and he wasn't eligible for a fall sport his sophomore year because they were so bad. From what I know he didn't take much AP classes. Is there any chance I could get in if a got a 3.7 to 4.0 my junior and senior year and took a couple AP classes next year?
     
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    No one knows...it just depends. By all means, work hard. NHS will help some, try and become an officer.

    As far as the one guy getting a nomination....well, all I can say is, he didn`t get in, so you need to do better than that.
     
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    Honestly, West Point doesn't really look at your GPA because every high school has a different way of calculating it, which makes GPA's meaningless when comparing them to others. In my case, my school didn't calculate weighted GPA's, so my GPA was exactly the same as someone's who wasn't in an AP class and had decided to take the regular version instead. They will look at the rigor of your classes primarily, so take every honors and AP class you can. Shoot for straight A's, and remember, there is more to your application than your grades. Join clubs, get involved in your community, play sports, etc., and try to get a leadership role in those organizations. That will certainly help your application.
     
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    I just wanted to post something here, because I remember how stressful applying was and I remember what helped me when I thought I hadn't done enough, when I thought I wouldn't have a shot, when I thought I should give up. Someone told me that it doesn't matter what you've done in the past, all you can control is what you do from this moment onward. A West Point application isn't just about what you've done. It's about passion and commitment. You have a full year to demonstrate that. And don't just do things for the application, remember that what's important is becoming a better person. So if possible, take harder classes so you'll be more challenged, take on leadership positions so you'll become a better leader, work hard in sports so you can become a real athlete. The stronger a person you become, the better your chances are. The time you spend wishing you could change what you've done in the past takes away from the time you spend working on the future. Good luck.
     
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