Early Decision Application for The Citadel/VMI?

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  1. CFORD94

    CFORD94 New Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm a currently junior and I was made aware that I can apply to The Citadel and VMI early. What steps do I need to take in order to apply for early admission?
     
  2. SCcandidate2015

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    Citadel. Go to their website and apply. Simple.
    VMI, I have no clue. Look on their site.
     
  3. Blake3348

    Blake3348 USMA Appointee 2016

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    Id be careful about applying early to VMI. From what I know, if you are accepted "early decision" it is mandatory that you enroll to VMI. The Citadel has a thorough, but relatively simple application. I recently applied about a month ago and will be receiving my acceptance (hopefully) soon. As a junior, id wait to take/retake your SAT and ACT because they play a pivotal role in scholarships and acceptances in general. Dont feel like your behind at all, have a great junior year and go into the Summer 2012 with a stellar resume. With a good transcript and anything above an 26 ACT/1800 SAT, id say youll be fine for both schools. Best of luck to you!
     
  4. Saul

    Saul Member

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    Thats what early decision is...
     
  5. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Right- you need to understand that applying for "Early Decision" is not so much a function of when you turn in your application (you can apply Regular Decision on the first day they start accepting applications), rather it is a commitment you are making that you will accept and attend that school if you are accepted as ED. that implys that it is your first choice school, and that you have already eliminated going anywhere else for whatever reason. They will let you off the hook if you subsequently get accepted to a Service Academy, but beyond that- you really have an obligation if you apply ED. Personally- I would apply regular decision (and apply early). ED just limits you too much IMO. They start making their decisions pretty early and people will start hearing by around Thanksgiving even with Regular Decision, so unless you are borderline- I don't see much benefit to ED .
     
  6. SCcandidate2015

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    No. The Citadel has a non-mandatory-enroll ED.
    Also, CFORD94, The Citadel's application process never actually closes. So, you can apply whenever.
     
  7. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Are you sure that you are using the terms correctly? For most colleges- " Early Decision" implies a commitment to enroll if accepted. " Early Action" is nonbinding on the student. In both cases they are reviewed and notified in a separate process from Regular admissions decisions. If you do a search within the Citadel site - I believe that what they have is a rolling decision date for Regular admissions. The only reason that this is important is just that you need to be cognizant of places that do offer Early Decision as it definitely has some commitments that you are agreeing to when you apply under that category as Blake3348 points out.
    http://www.citadel.edu/instresearch/CDS2010_2011.pdf
     
  8. SCcandidate2015

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    Well, for all purposes here, The Citadel accepts applications whenever. Most high school seniors probably won't apply until close to October or November. Considering that they do in fact have a rolling admissions process and that you can apply whenever, along with the knowledge that most seniors won't apply until very late, it is safe to assume that if one applies early then one is also notified early of acceptance or denial. I applied on July 25 of last year and I was notified of my acceptance on September 2. They don't have an official early decision or early action provision, no, but the way the process works makes an early application likely to be decided upon early, and thus to have notification sent out early as well.
     
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    inncorrect VMI early decision is none mandatory. furthermore i would definately do early decision. or else you have the nailbiting wait it mid april.
     
  10. CFORD94

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    Will a score of 980 (Reading/math combined) be satisfactory in admission or does that score need (have to) be raised? My score with writing is 1530 but I wasn't entirely sure of applying with that.
     
  11. eagleman

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    A 980 SAT is on the low side for acceptance to both schools. However, scores are not everything. Athletics, extracurricular, and service hours all play a part in the application process.

    I highly recommend you take the the test again to see if you can get a higher score. Try to get a Princeton Review test prep book or something similar to help you study.

    If you have not already done so, take the ACT. You may do better on it than the SAT. I did.

    Good Luck,
    JLT
     
  12. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    I would concur with that- 980 is very low for Verbal/Math scores for VMI- Mean Verbal was 572 and Mean Math was 579 for the class that just finished their 4th Class (Freshman )year.
    I've attached class profile for class of 2015 at link below to help you see where you stand. My opinion- retake once maybe even twice and boost those SAT's- it's the one thing that you can really do something about at this point. Your grades/ class rank are largely already determined, but you can significantly improve SAT scores by practice and multiple retakes if necessary.


    http://www.vmi.edu/uploadedFiles/Admissions/Class_of_2015 Sheet1.pdf
     

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