Chances of getting in to West Point

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  1. Keirad

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    I am a senior in high school and I have already completed everything on my portal expect for the cfa. I have a 98.5 average (weighted) and 93 average (unweighted) and am ranked 12:72 in my class. I run cross country and track, play lacrosse, and ride horses. I am the captain of my lacrosse team and this year I am the captain of my cross county and track teams. I also hold a job and have done many community service activities. I am a member of NHS, Future Business Leaders of America, and am on the executive board of student council. As for the cfa, my biggest challenge is pull-ups/flexed arm hangs. Any advice? I plan to take the cfa soon, but am still trying to improve on my upper body strength.
     
  2. Keirad

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    Oh, I was also wondering why the status for DoDMERB has not changed on my portal. When I went to an information meeting in my local area with representatives from the different academies, the West Point rep told me that it was because I had not yet submitted my essays. But, I completed and submitted my essays. Should I contact someone about this, or will it change once I summit my cfa?
     
  3. kinnem

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    get a pull up bar if you dont' have one. Use it every time you walk by. Put it in a high traffic area if you can.
     
  4. dasani

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    Contact your rep about the essay's. If you already submitted them, you should have received an email about the submission. Provide that documentation to back up your claim.

    As for pullups, purchase a pull bar and start doing them everyday. I would alternate between pullups and chinups every day with Sunday being a day off. If you cannot do either of those exercises, have one of your parents help you by either holding your legs or placing their hand on your back and pushing you up.

    Also, ensure you have proper form on your pullups. All the way done, all the way up--chin over the bar. No swinging pullups or using momentum, they have to be controlled.
     
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    @Keirad - if by completed your essays in that you hit submit right before you posted this question, then the reason is that it is not instantaneous. Your RC still has to authorize it upon review of your file primarily checking if you completed enough and are competitive for admission.
     
  6. Keirad

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    I submitted my essay weeks ago
     
  7. Maplerock

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    I wouldn't rely too heavily on positive results from being a team captain of teams when there are only (approx) 36 males in your class, many of whom probably dont compete.

    Small schools do send cadets to USMA, but the accomplishments in such small schools are probably evaluated as such.

    Class rank is unimpressive, so nail the ACT or SAT.
     
  8. Jcc123

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    @Keirad - despite what Maplerock thinks, you are evaluated in the context of your school. It looks like you've done very well with what you had to work with. Keep improving your PT, and best of luck to you.
     
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    Your school will be evaluated, just as you are (they probably already know ALL about your school, so don't panic).

    GET THE CHIN UP BAR... as in today. Or use the one in your school before and after classes.

    We had a chin up bar between our dining and family rooms for twenty years and my 6'2" husband has the permanent knot on his forehead to prove it. Why wait? That is one of the few things over which you now have control. Your gpa - very little control at this point.
     
  10. Maplerock

    Maplerock Proud to be an American

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    That is what I said. They know the profile of his school. For example, my high school graduating class was 562. Making the varsity on any team was much, much more difficult than in schools with classes of 72.

    It seems that the academies have a way to figure it out though, as small schoolers and even home schoolers are appointed every year.

    You play the hand you are given though.
     
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    As the mother of two appointed homeschoolers (now pilots flying the airframe of their choice), I caution anyone to put too much "heart" into their own school. USAFA knows the naviance for just about every school. For homeschoolers, there is the additional burden, on the homeschooler, to supply additional information.
     
  12. Coach62

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    Put 10lb weights on your ankles when you do your pullups.

    My son took the ACT's every single time they were offered in the area. I lost count. Get the study guides, study like mad and take the SAT's or ACT's often. You may do better on one than the other, so you might want to concentrate on the one you do the best.

    Being captain certainly counts for something. They really stress leadership skills.

    Also run for office, both school office and club office. Even try to be president of the chess club ( or whatever, you get the idea.)

    If you get interviews, be prepared. Go in with a notebook, take notes and ask questions that you've already written down.
     

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