My Chances?

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by dlee96, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. dlee96

    dlee96 Member

    Apr 11, 2012
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    - 3.894 UW GPA (4 APs, 4 Honors so far. Will be taking 5 APs next year)
    - No Class rank
    - ACT: 34 Composite: 35 English, 35 Math, 33 Reading, 34 Science, 8 Writing (Worried about Writing Score)

    - 3 year Varsity Swim (3 year Varsity award)
    - Frosh & JV Track (Freshman and JV awards)
    - Varsity Scholar Athlete (3 year)
    - 2nd and 3rd Team All League, Swim (2012 and 2013 respectively)

    - Varsity Swim & Dive:Captain
    - Model United Nations: President
    - Science Olympiad: President
    - ACT Tutoring Club: President
    - NHS Junior Class: Officer
    - IMPACT Service Club: Public Relations Officer

    - Boys State (will attend next week)
    - National Honor Society
    - Research Internship @ University of Michigan (DNA glycosylases and such)
    - National Hispanic Honor Society
    - Presidents Volunteer Service Award: Gold
    - 2 Departmental Awards for Outstanding Achievement
    - West Point Leadership & Ethics Conference
    - Accepted but Declined SLE (if that means anything)

    What do you people think? I think my athletics are a bit weak. And does West Point consider the Writing part of the ACT very important? Any advice? Cheers! :shake:
  2. 845something

    845something Member

    Feb 22, 2013
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    Test scores are great, your writing score is fine. It's a hurdle (doesn't add or take away points, just got to get over the threahold) and you cleared it. Athletics - you're a team captain, what more do you think you could do? It should be strong enough.

    The real question would be why you declined SLE. MIT be something you want to talk to your RC about.
  3. BDHuff09

    BDHuff09 Member

    May 26, 2012
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    I am a fellow candidate, so my opinion only carries so much weight, but I would say you look pretty competitive based on the others that I have seen.

    However, I did attend SLE and I remember interacting with quite a few people from MI, in some cases multiple attendees from the same district, so the competition you are up against may also be quite competitive.

    As for the writing score, I remember a Major in the admissions office talking about it during SLE. I believe he said that WP wanted candidates to take the writing section to see how they did but that it ultimately was not that significant.

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