College Grades

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  1. ahuntedyeti

    ahuntedyeti Member

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    Hi all,
    I am a current college freshman and have my EA application all wrapped up. The quarter just ended today and I have put in a request to send my grades this quarter to USAFA admissions. My question is how much more does the academy value college academic performance over high school grades and test scores? My GPA in high school was a 4.0W and 3.76UW with a 28 Math, 28 English, 31 Reading, and 35 Science ACT. In comparison to other candidates I feel like the math and english are on the low/middle of pack. Will a successful college quarter override these? Barring any critical mistakes on finals, I should be finishing this quarter with a GPA of 3.75-3.9 as a STEM major.
     
  2. AFrpaso

    AFrpaso USAFA '17

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    You've already declared a STEM major? You're already taking majors classes?

    I'm not sure how much the AFA weights college grades. I went in with a year of college at a 3.89 GPA and was accepted to the Prep School but I was also applying a year after I stopped taking those college courses.

    The AFA does accept some course for transfer credit but you usually need to have gotten an A in the course. Also, some AFA courses are specialized towards a military theme. I couldn't transfer a 200 level English course or a 300 level Philosophy course because of this.

    Keep in mind, math courses at USAFA are different from any math courses I've taken elsewhere. Tests require a considerable amount of communication to show that you actually understand the core concepts of the problem, not just plug and chug math.

    What major are you interested in?
     
  3. ahuntedyeti

    ahuntedyeti Member

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    I haven't declared but have been taking pre-req's for Bio. (Chem, Calc, and an Earth Science class on top of military science as I am in ROTC)
     
  4. kinnem

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    Doing well in a college curriculum, especially in math and chem, is very significant. It demonstrates you can handle the academic workload at the academy. Can't speak to point wise or anything, but it will count for something.
     

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