College Applicant Questions

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  1. nesa

    nesa New Member

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    Sorry for the long post.
    I applied for the CGA a few years ago and didn't get an appointment. I got into a top engineering school and it has been my intention to attend OCS after graduating college all along. More recently I have felt the strong desire to reapply for the CGA. I plan to talk with an AO but I don't want to bother them right now, I'm sure they are busy this time of year. Hopefully someone here can provide some insight.

    1. How will having 3.5 years of college/bachelors degree impact the decision?
    2. I have some college debt and a car loan, I suppose I will have to transfer these to a friend or sibling. Do I have to do this before applying or can I do it after the decision?
    3. How do High School Transcripts/Test Scores impact the decision in the case of someone with 100+ credits?
    4. I'm lost on the LOR's. I haven't ever taken an English Class in college and my last humanities course was years ago. I suppose any Engineering Professor will suffice for a Math teacher and my "Guidance Counselor" can be an adviser or dean. My main fear is that these people will write a DWC letter (did well in course). I can go to office hours and seek help but there isn't any way for me to get to know most of my professors and I feel that may pose an issue. Is this a factor others have faced?
     
  2. AuxNoob

    AuxNoob CGA Admissions Partner

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    Best of luck. I know there are several cadets who have bachelors degrees who have started over at the Academy. You must be under age 23 at Reporting In Day. If you pass that criterion, the other issues can be dealt with. Bear in mind I do not make admissions decisions. You should contact your AO or Admissions directly as soon as possible and get the application started. The deadline is mid-January. You have been down that road before and know how extensive the process is.
    1) That should be a positive, assuming you have done well. If after that much education you still want to apply, that shows dedication.
    2) You may not have a car in NL until you are 2nd class, or have one on campus until you are first class. I am unsure about debt and loan issues.
    3) This depends on how well you did getting those credits.
    4) This is best answered by Admissions. Some sports should be included.

    Finish your degree.

    I have contacts both with a cadet who entered with a STEM degree, and the Admissions partner they worked with. If you are interested, PM me your email and I will get them in contact with you.
     
  3. AuxNoob

    AuxNoob CGA Admissions Partner

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    I have been updated on the car in 2nd class year situation, and it is tighter than I knew. Suffice it to say, if you get into the Academy you have two years before you have to worry about it, and things may change again before then.
     
  4. nesa

    nesa New Member

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    Thanks for the insight. I will send you a PM.
     
  5. nesa

    nesa New Member

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    I was more concerned about the issue of having debt, not a car. I remember a Yes/No question on the application that asked about debt.
     
  6. Freda'sMom

    Freda'sMom Parent

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    Pretty dumb decision IMHO.

    Isn't the goal to become a CG officer, not to get a second Bachelor's degree?

    To graduate from college and go back to college for another 4 years makes no sense at all.
     
  7. SueRI

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    What about Officers Candidate School? From what I understand, you can attend OCS after you get your BS and the program only takes a couple of months to complete...worth looking into.
     
  8. AuxNoob

    AuxNoob CGA Admissions Partner

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    Everyone's path is different. The cadet I know saw what the cadet/sibling was doing and wanted that experience. Not without some second thoughts since...
     

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