Class of 2014 Hopeful?

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  1. MooseMarcher

    MooseMarcher New Member

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    Hi all-

    Though my son was not accepted into AIM this summer, he is still going to apply to the Academy this fall. My question is this - is there any way to find out why he was not accepted into AIM? Was there something missing/lacking on his application?

    He has scheduled another tour/visit with Admissions the summer and is planning to meet with the football coach then as well.

    However, as you can imagine/know feedback from the AIM decision would be very helpful. Thank you in advance for any/all suggestions!

    PS: Congrats and Kleenex to all new Swab Parents!!!
     
  2. bossf51

    bossf51 Parent

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    There is no way to determine why a candidate was not picked for AIM. Most often it comes down to a numbers game with a lottery determining the lucky ones.

    My son did not attend AIM, but he did make visits to the Academy. If your son gets a chance to stay overnight, that would be even better. Meeting with a coach is a good idea as well.

    Good luck to him the rest of the way. It's a grueling process but worth the effort.
     
  3. J Collins

    J Collins Founding Member

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    My daughter was in AIM last summer... this summer she will be at the CGA for almost 2 weeks before they send her off to Prep Schools at NMMI... WOW..

    What a trip... really... This has been an exhausting year.. LOL..... :thumb:
     
  4. minnechaug

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    What is NMMI(CGAS)?

    Just curious as to what the prep schools are about and where is it? I'm going to AIM in 1 week .......

    Thanks for any advice/information.

    Cadet hopeful.
     
  5. Stitch626

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    CGAS

    CGAS (Coast Guard Academy Scholars) is a one-year prep school program at New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM (NMMI) or Marion Military Institute, Marion, AL (MMI). It is sponsored by the Coast Guard Academy and they offer it to applicants who they are interested in but think will have a better chance of succeeding at the academy with an extra year of education in a military environment. I'm not sure what all the reasons are for a CGAS offer vs a direct appointment, but probably most of them are academic (didn't take the right courses in high school or get high enough grades in them). You don't apply for CGAS - it is offered. However, you can apply to and go to the prep schools if you don't get a direct appointment or feel you aren't yet ready for the direct appointment. There is another whole section of this forum dedicated to prep school information (there are many more prep schools than NMMI and MMI - those are the two that USCGA uses).
     
  6. MooseMarcher

    MooseMarcher New Member

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    Thank you for your responses....

    I figured I was reaching with the request, but as I tell my kids, it doesn't (at least usually!) hurt to ask! He is interested in Naval Architecture as a major and really, really wants to serve in the Coast Guard - so we will keep on plugging! :thumb:
     
  7. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    The selection criteria for AIM does not always match up with the criteria used for regular academy admission.

    I wouldn't worry too much about it, have him set his sights on the November 1 (Early Action) deadline.

    :cool:
     
  8. averx615

    averx615 Candidate

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    yeah. deff aim for the EA deadline so you have the best chances to get an appointment. I was deffered to RA this year and was lter put on the wait list. It takes a lot of will to continue with the whole prossess when you have been reject. I have learned to just not give up on what you want if you are dedicated enough.
     
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    If you apply for EA and are not accepted, can you still be considered again for admission? What are the chances of that happening if you are turned down for EA?
     
  10. shellz

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    Good things come to those who reapply....yes, it is hard but oh so worth it. Hang in there and chase your dream. :thumb:
     
  11. J Collins

    J Collins Founding Member

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    No one gets turned down for EA, its either Conditional appt, Acceptance or a Defferal. If you get deffered (as my DD did) all applications will be looked over again "IF" you send it new/additional stuff (ie.. LORs, SAT/ACT scores, new transcripts). If you do not update your "deffered file" it will not be re-evaluated.
     
  12. J Collins

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    YES it does.. and look he is a SWAB right NOW!!!! :thumb:
     
  13. Luigi59

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    Actually it can happen (rejection) during EA as well.
     
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  14. Gen2

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    Keep in mind that AIM participants received appointments at all different stages on this admissions game. You can't take not getting into AIM personally. As mentioned, for those applications that look like promising future cadets, only a certain number can receive spots.

    For the regular application, make each area as strong as possible.

    Work out and get the highest score on the PFE.
    Request recommendation letters from strong letter-writers and give them the right information to include in those letters (what traits or examples to expand upon)
    Request recommendation letters from people who can expand upon other areas of interest or experience: Faith leaders, community service supervisors, scouting leaders, nonschool coaches, etc.
    Work and rework your essays within the word limit. Make every word count and make it sound like YOU!
    Request a personal interview early in the process.

    Good luck.
     
  15. Stitch626

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    My DD applied EA for the class of 2012. She didn't update her files, but was still offered the CGAS prep school option last year. Would she have gotten the direct appointment if she had updated her files?? We will never know, but she is now a member of the class of 2013. So, my guess is that they re-evaluate your application whether you update it or not after applying EA.
     

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