Going from Community College to USAFA

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by FFalcon16, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. FFalcon16

    FFalcon16 New Member

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    Is there any difference in the selection process for a high school student who takes classes at a community college rather than a conventional high school? I am considering transfering from my current high school to a local college. Will this affect my chances of being selected in any way? Any help would be much appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Chris
     
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    bsa07eagle Member

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    Hi,

    I did the exact same thing. I took two years at a local community college and then got accepted to USAFA. This is in no way negative, in fact, my admissions counselor thought it was really cool. It is a great thing to do to show you can thrive in a college environment. It also allows you some transfer/validation credit (they may or may not accept your classes). In my case I was able to transfer 5 classes and also validated a couple others. As for chances, going to a community college definitely helped me get in and it looks great to admissions.

    Later,

    Brian
     
  3. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    My home/cyber schooled kids start at our local universities when they are 16 and take as large a load as the college allows. During their senior year of high school, they had 10 credits at one college, six at another (per semester) and all their regular high school stuff too.

    I think it is excellent preparation for any service academy. There will be no negative affect, if you can maintain good grades and balance all the other balls you're juggling in the air.

    Good luck.
     
  4. Mikil

    Mikil USAFA Cadet

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    I did something similar to fencersmother's sons, and it definitely seemed to help. Although, try to take classes that will transfer...pretty much none of mine did. But no, there is no different selection process. You still need to get a nomination and go through the whole process, it's just now you're more in charge of making sure that USAFA get's your grades and such, instead of working with a high school counselor.
     
  5. Matt2014

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    Hi, I doubt anyone will see this but I'm trying to get more information about my unusual situation. My grades in high school were not anywhere close enough for admission to any academy (around 3.1), the only exceptional thing I did was sports in which i was a multiple state medalist and 1 time champion. Fast forward a year, I'm currently at a community college taking credited courses and have around a 4.0. In addition to the academics I am involved in student government, as well as volunteering around the city. I'm just wondering if I apply to a service academy if I have a chance in hell, I don't want any b.s just give it to me straight, I understand that people won't be able to say yes/no definitively but if you could just give me any feedback at all it would be greatly appreciated. My father was also an academy graduate and I've heard that is factored into your package for some extra points. I am willing to apply more than once if I'm denied for this next year, but I need some opinions from this site.
     
  6. Va19

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    Question My DS goes to a 4 year college now got his TWE today. He wants to try again next year but here is my question. What did you guys do for extracurricular activities to better your chances at getting in, DS works and all he really has time for is Work and School. Is not playing a sport hurting his chances? He did all that in High School lettered in a sport was VP of the Student Body did NHS was 24th in his class of 500 all the same stuff I am sure everyone else did but once you get into College things change.
     
  7. Hodge

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    The thing that I know made the difference for me as a college applicant was the fact I joined ROTC with the expectation I would commission from ROTC. I thought if I got into the academy the second time it would be awesome, but I did not expect it at all. I quickly showed my worth in my detachment and got a great letter of recommendation from my AS instructor. A few months later I got that amazing phone call and could not be happier about attending BCT this summer. Moral of the story for second time applicants is join things, especially (AF)ROTC and excel in them!
     

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