Does Summer Seminar really help your chances of being accepted?

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Tweester777, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Tweester777

    Tweester777 Member

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    What my ALO says: It gets your name in front of the Admissions panel.

    What the Academy says: NO

    What a cadet told me while I was at the Summer Seminar: Because you were accepted to the SS, that means the Admissions panel liked what they saw on paper. Granted, that was only your PSAT scores, a resume of your physical activities, community service/volunteering, and grades, and some other stuff. But that usually comes out to being the same in the actual application. He also said that it's way harder to get into the SS since its roughly 650 people accepted to the SS and about 5000 apply. (give or take a few). That comes out to 13% acceptance rate, so if you got into that, there is a fairly well chance about that Academy.

    Now I know what the cadet said isn't proven on paper, but what he said does make some logical sense. I was just wonder if the SS really does have any standing on the application, if only slightly, and not through the "Oh you made it to the SS... you get an acceptance," way.
     
  2. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Will it get you in the academy?

    No.

    Will it look VERY good on your application, will it make you a "candidate" immediately even without an "official" nomination, is it a good thing?

    YES.

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  3. Tweester777

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    I understand that, though are the things the Cadet told me true?
     
  4. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Yeah, sorta.

    It's true that it's "statistically harder" to be accepted to SS than it is to the academy...but I try not to compare them.

    What I've seen in the past, oh, 17 years of being an ALO is this: if the candidate was accepted to SS, they stand a "much better than average" chance of being appointed in the coming cycle.

    BUT BUT BUT...that's NOT to say it's a "slam dunk." Far from it...the candidate MUST MUST MUST continue to "bust their bu**" and go for it!!!

    It's a GOOD THING but not "the" one and only answer.

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  5. Tweester777

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    I understood that it wasn't a instant ticket in, but this is good news to hear.
     

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