gpa 3.5 for the summer program

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  1. marjasse

    marjasse Member

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    Hello
    Is the 3.5 GPA a hard and fast rule? The GPA is slowly getting up (after recovering from latin 2) but not there yet.
     
  2. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016

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    Apply anyway. The worst they can say is no.

    And you'll be able to get the precandidate questionnaire done, get your candidate number earlier, and thus start on the application earlier.

    Win-Win.
     
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    There is no "magic" number for a GPA. Please remember that NASS is a RECRUITING TOOL. This means that USNA looks for candidates in districts and at schools that have been underrepresented at USNA in the past. Thus, a "lesser qualified" candidate from one of these underrepresented areas might well get the nod over a "more qualified" candidate from areas that typically send a lot of candidates to USNA.

    Being accepted to NASS is thus not necessarily an indication of your competitiveness as a candidate.

    So, you should apply. If you aren't accepted and still want to attend USNA, don't be discouraged about NASS and definitely apply to USNA.
     
  4. marjasse

    marjasse Member

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    thank you
     
  5. 1964BGO

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    To repeat 1985: NASS is used as a recruiting tool, it also is over-subscribed in that there are approximately 2,250 slots available for NASS, but the average USNA class size is about 1,200 - so what does that tell you? A lot of the NASS people are NOT going to get appointments! By the same token, a lot of the NASS non-selected ARE going to get appointments; ie, not getting selected for NASS is not the kiss of death to your chances of being selected for an offer of appointment.

    I personally strongly recommend that candidates and prospects visit and spend some meaningful time at the Naval Academy before accepting an offer - to get a sense of the environment and your compatibility therewith. Therefore, I also strongly recommend candidates and prospects consider STEM or sports camps to get to know the Yard and what happens there.
     
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    how do you get your candidate number? I have completed the NASS app and had a confirmation email that I had submitted it, but no word as far as any candidate number.
     
  7. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016

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    Back two years ago they sent a physical letter, and the candidate number was printed in the top right.

    Check the email again, the candidate might be there. Or wait for the letter.

    When the application opens, you'll be able to access CIS with the candidate number and your social security number. For me, the application was available by the time NASS Session I was over (I remember starting on it as soon as I got back from NASS). And I was able to do so several months earlier than the folks who didn't apply to NASS and didn't get candidate letters until July.

    Edit: Just read your post again. You have to be accepted to NASS first. The NASS acceptance letter has a candidate number.

    Either way, the point is: Apply to NASS. Apply to the Academy. If you don't get it, at least you tried.

    "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who comes short again and again; because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, [...] who at the best knows the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
     
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  8. LWS95

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    I believe they send a physical letter, at least that's what I received last year.
     

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