Class of 2018 Admission Timeline

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  1. OBT2018

    OBT2018 Member

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    Hello,

    I am fairly new to this forum, and this is my first post. I had a quick question about when offers are extended for the class of 2018. Quick background, I am currently in the process of scheduling my DODMERB. My father keeps pushing me to have everything in by September 1, because he insists that he read somewhere that a few offers would be extended in September. I keep telling him that LOA's and Rolling Admissions no longer exist, but he swears on everything that there are early offers. Can anyone clear this up for me.

    Thank You
     
  2. soccmomer

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    I think you are correct, however, listen to Dad. Get as much done as you can before school starts and you get busy with homework and sports! That is what I am having my DS do, just too much going on in the fall.
     
  3. buff81

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    You have to have a nomination to get an offer.
    So, early offers tend to go to those with Presidential noms or other service-connected noms.
    A LOA is not an offer. You still need a nom with a LOA.

    Your Dad is giving you good advise though - for other reasons. Even without rolling admissions (if WP decides to continue with that this year), it is still a good idea to get your file completed early.
    WHY?
    A couple of reasons-
    1) To get your file qualified early.
    Your file must be complete to be qualified. This early in the cycle, the RC probably can get a file through the qualifying process quicker as the sheer volume of files completed is lower now.
    Having a complete and qualified file could help you with a nom. If you are qualified, MOCs know that WP has given you the stamp of approval and they might be more willing to nominate you. Some candidates on MOC slates end up not being qualified, which therefore results in a 'wasted' slot. It just makes sense that a MOC would prefer to put qualified candidates on his/her slate.

    2) DoDMERB.
    If you have any issues that come up though your DoDMERB exam, it could take a while to go through the process of being medically qualified. WP will not authorize the DoDMERB exam until you have a certain % of your application complete. So, you want to be authorized to take the exam as early as possible so time will be on your side if you have any remedials or a DQ.

    There is no downside to completing your file early. You can ALWAYS update it until the application deadline at the end of FEB.

    soccmomer makes a very good point also. Senior year is busy enough. Get this out of the way before school starts, if possible.
     
  4. OBT2018

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    Thank You for the information. It is my goal as well as my dads for my application to be in by September, however we have different motives. Mine is just so I can have it done and not have another thing on top of 3 varsity sports (football, wrestling, baseball), senior board, JROTC officer duties, and 7 IB classes. His has something to do with this supposed early admission. Thanks again.
     
  5. Dixieland

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    Don't forget that you need to have a back-up plan so that means applying to other colleges and applying for an ROTC scholarship. I think my cadet was able to do the Common App for some schools, but others require their own application and the essays can be pretty time-consuming.
     
  6. BigNick

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    Everyone should read Buff 81's post above.

    Getting into West Point is in many ways like a military operation.

    -You must have a clear objective
    -You must formulate a professional, workable plan to meet that objective
    -You must execute that plan with 100% effort
    -You must be prepared for glitches in the plan and react to those unexpected "set-backs" quickly and effectively
    -You must not let others or outside agencies deter you or delay you in executing your plan
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    -You must have a Plan B
    -You must be 100% confident that you will succeed (no negative thinking)
    Probably some others that I have not included
     

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