do i seem like a competitive canidate?

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  1. futureusna

    futureusna Member

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    Honor Roll all life( 1 C+ on a 9weeks grade but semesters are fine..mostly B's on most recent semester though)
    GPA:3.59
    Honor Classes: College Credit Pre Calculus, AP History, College Credit Physics, College Credit English,( can take AP Speech, AP Calculus, and AP Chem next year too), by the end of my Jr year i will have accumulated 19 College Credit hours

    National Honor Society
    Business Professionals of America
    FFA
    Science Club
    Chess Club
    1 year of Student Council
    2 Potential years of Rocket Team
    2 Potential years of Robotics Team
    1 potential year of Cross Country
    and i will probably start learning a combative sport such as boxing or a martial art

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  2. USMA2016

    USMA2016 Appointee - Class of 2016

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    A lot of what you provided is difficult to judge upon. Your whole candidate score (WCS) is broken down to 70% academics, 30% extra-curriculars (ECs), and 10% candidate fitness assessment (CFA). Let's look at you holistically from those perspectives.

    Academics
    West Point does not use GPA at all in your WCS. Instead, admissions uses class rank as the metric to judge your schoolwork. You may be wondering why they do this, the answer is simple. A "good" GPA can vary greatly from school to school. Hypothetically, let's say school A offers 10 APs and weights them all on the GPA while school B offers 0 APs and weights no classes. Theoretically, a mediocre student getting straight Bs in all APs at school A could have a 4.0 while the valedictorian at school B would also have a 4.0. Class rank is advantageous for admission because it shows how you stack up against your peers in your local context. Try to get/stay within the top 10% (if not higher!)

    You mentioned that you may be looking at a number of Bs this upcoming semester; don't let that happen again. It will reflect as decreasing motivation which does not look good.

    A note on college credit: I'm not sure what system your school uses when they say "college credit [class]" but, generally, most colleges/universities really only take credit for AP, IB, and CLEP classes/tests. You may be mistaking "college prep" for "college credit". Also, when you enter West Point, you will likely not be able to transfer all those credits. On a final note, AP speech does not exist.

    Extra-Curriculars
    You have clearly spread yourself out into many organizations, however, that's not quite what USMA wants to see. They want to see success and leadership in one or two. At this point, though, your main EC priority right now should be getting a varsity letter. Of the 1375 admitted to the class of 2014, 1176 had varsity letters. It's very important to your file. Finally, try to get a spot at Boys' State; that will throw some weight to your EC section.

    CFA
    Since you currently have no varsity athletics, you're really going to have to excel at the CFA. Train hard for that and take it early on so your file can be completed.



    Best of luck!
     
  3. futureusna

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    sorry i forgot to add 1year of Varsity Golf and plan on running Cross Country next year

    and my class rank is 6/64 (there is only one other person who is taking the most difficult classes that i am)


    the college credit classes are "dual credit ", meaning i receive both high school and college credit for them

    and can i put it on my application if i tutor younger students being that i do really well in mathematics???
     
  4. BigNick

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    Frankly, there is a serious lack of leadership and athletics in your file. Go for Student Council, Class President, club presidents etc. Get on more than one vrsity team and do your very best to Letter.
     
  5. USMA2016

    USMA2016 Appointee - Class of 2016

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    Keep in mind that you will not be able to cash in on these "dual credit" classes if you come to west point.

    Yes, there will be kind of an open space to explain your tutoring, but IMHO drop the tutoring and start a sport!
     
  6. TheChicagoan

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    Btw - were you at BPA National's last year, will you qualify etc. Like other's are saying do some stuff but be amazing at it! [If you're at national's this year tell me, it's in my hometown this year! Maybe if I qualify this year again I'll see you :D]
    Best of luck,
    -TheChicagoan
     

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