Is it common?

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  1. CandidateInSD

    CandidateInSD Parent

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    After DS returned from SS at USNA, we were contacted by an admissions officer who then made arrangements to come from MD to our home in SD to speak with us. Does this happen to all who attend the SS? our app is complete, Ds is triple Q'd, has an ROTC nom and awaiting to hear from our MOC.
     
  2. osdad

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    Any excuse to come out to SD in winter...can't figure out why. :biggrin:

    I suspect, but don't know, that it means they've determined that your son is a candidate of special interest.
     
  3. CandidateInSD

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    LOL..I'd agree with you on that one, but he came in July....Thank you for your reply.
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    USNA has been making a major effort in the past couple of years to find more qualified candidates from the "5 sister" states of ND, SD, WY, MT, and ID. These states have some great potential candidates but, maybe in part b/c they're landlocked and have few USN bases (some USAF bases, I know), there aren't all that many people who know about or are interested in USNA. USNA wants more candidates from these states as part of the effort to have greater geographic diversity.

    I assume that the visit is part of this effort.
     
  5. engineer

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    DS in Texas (DFW) had the same type of visit this summer. He did not attend a summer seminar. I can't tell you how many Texas candidates were visited, but it sounded like fewer than 20.
     
  6. CandidateInSD

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    We live in San Diego, CA...
    Engineer, did you get an LOA? As far as I know to date, we have not received one. There were fewer than 10 visited here.
     
  7. Whistle Pig

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    I'm aware of 4 personal visits ...KS, PA, OH, and MO. It's a definite change of "m-o" that Fowler's regime instituted. Two of the candidates I'm aware of are not high profile candidates. They've in one case, they'd hired a civilian investigator to make the visit. Go figure. While I'd like to believe these are targeted visits and might convey encouragement to those visited, I'd not read too much into these absent being a diversity candidate.
     
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    similar situation

    Not long after DS attended SS and completed his BGO interview, we were visited by another admissions officer. She told us that a number of candidates from our area (ATL) had been selected for an additional home visit. No other explanation was given...it was helpful to us as it gave another chance for questions etc.
     
  9. CandidateInSD

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    The officer that visited with our family is the Admissions officer there at USNA that we contact for updating our file, not a hired representative. I'm a little disheartened to learn that it's not anything more, we thought it was a positive thing. Oh well, onward and upward.
     
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    Any contact initiated by USNA I would look at as a positive sign. My DS completed NROTC scholarship application and went no further on his USNA application than what was needed for summer seminar. He was not chosen for SS, but a BGO called and said that he would like to meet DS and talk to him about USNA. We found that a bit curious and DS agreed to meet with BGO. Next thing you know, DS completed his application, got a nom, and is now a plebe at USNA.

    It's just one more piece in the strange puzzle of admissions.
     
  11. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Sorry, I assumed SD was South Dakota, not San Diego. Admissions officers may visit candidates when they are in the city/state for other reasons. Consider it a good sign.
     
  12. engineer

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    CandidateInsD - no LOA, but he did get a nomination from Senator Cornyn and has an upcoming interview with our rep. I would take the visit from the admissions officer as a positive sign - we were told our son's visit was a result of his high SAT and ACT math scores.
     
  13. time2

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    Over the past couple of years, recently graduated mids were assigned to work in admissions since there was a backlog of where they were assigned to go next. Some of these were involved in contacting perspective applicants. I would not read too much into that.
     
  14. LongAgoPlebe

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    I am an admissions liaison for my college and we also target excellent students from MT, WY, ND and SD. Those states have, on average: smaller high schools with fewer ECs, fewer AP and honors courses - where they are even available - less access to community college classes, where students could take plebe-type classes, and higher proportions of students who work. Lack of these opportunities is not by any means "fatal" to exceptional applicants to selective colleges like USNA. But if an applicant has (say) an ACT composite of 32, it sure helps if he also has an "A" from an honors or AP course, too.
     
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    You can't answer your own question?

    Seriously now - do actually believe that the Naval Academy sends a representative from Maryland to the state of every Summer Seminar attendee?

    Heck, being from South Dakota is almost better than being the son of an Hispanic mother who married an American-Indian who was raised in Hong Kong. :shake:

    [I realize that SD stood for San Diego - but it's funnier this way.]
     
  16. Lynpar

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    That's funny although probably not PC! When DS ( accepted appointment USMMA 15) applied to NROTC his contact person kept asking him if there was any, any American Indian blood. Well we looked and actually there is, 5 back. I think it would be kind of cheesy to try to leverage that however he did check the box:thumb:Unless of course I can open up a casino! Poor kid is so white he doesn't even tan well! But I believe that is the year round chlorine exposure, lol, swimmer. heck he is practically clear in the winter! Sorry , off topic:redface:
     
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    OOh, becareful with this, I don't think you can claim American Indian status unless you are affiliated with a tribe. We looked into this, when researching we did find small print on almost all college applications that indicate you must maintain tribe affiliation to include Native American heritage in your application.
     
  18. Whistle Pig

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    Who's gonna check it? Seriously.
     
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    thank you so much for your input, I truly appreciate it. I assume this occurrence is rarer than Rockinghorse pooh? :yllol:

    Hugs and kisses,

    Pocahontas Maria Chang
     
  20. Lynpar

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    Falconchip88, thanks for the warning. I do not remember the exact wording of the question. I do know, however, it was answered honestly and where it asked if he identified specially with a tribe or association he answered "no".. We just thought if was funny because the gentleman at the local recruiters office spoke with DS in person several times but kept asking him about any ethnicity he could claim. We have had several funny, weird, episodes throughout the lengthy applications to NROTC, USCGA, USMMA, and all nom.s etc. As things come up in the forums I share them ( maybe too much):redface:
     

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