NAPS possibility.

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  1. Zak-Z

    Zak-Z New Member

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    I posted some time ago about the possibility of getting into NAPS as a college student and had another question with my updated information now.

    I received a congressional nomination. I scored the 100 point max on my CFA. I'm an Eagle Scout (senior patrol leader, asst. scoutmaster, etc), spent my life in scouting, a varsity football letterman, compete in running/cycling/triathlons, a high school football coach, active volunteer, multiple charity donor, and I have a lot of leadership experience/ability. I just received a membership invite to my colleges international honor society chapter as well.

    I just had my admissions interview with my BGO last week and I basically have green lights across the board. I have excelled in English throughout the years. But my grades aren't as impressive as others in mathematics. My college math professor sent a letter of recommendation stating that he is confident that I will excel in my future math courses though.

    My BGO (really good guy and knows the academy very well) put a large emphasis on the Naval Academy being a math school during my interview.

    With all of this being said, would there be a possibility of me as a college student getting into NAPS if I did not receive an appointment due to the mathematics portion?

    I would be perfectly fine with going to preparatory school first.
     
  2. usmc8

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    Unless you are a recruited athlete, the probability of a college student being offered a spot at NAPS is highly unlikely, especially if you are at a 4-year institution.

    With that being said, however, anything seems to be possible these days and I suppose it could make sense if you struggle in math/science areas, but again IMHO it is highly unlikely.

    But why, if I may ask, are you counting yourself out of receiving an appointment this year? Are you a re-applicant? You mention that you excel in english and performed very well on the CFA, so IMO your math/science lacks may be picked up with your english, CFA score, and strong recommendations. So don't count yourself out. If you were strong enough to receive a nomination then you are definitely strong enough to compete for an appointment.

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  3. Zak-Z

    Zak-Z New Member

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    Thank you for the response and honesty! I really appreciate it.

    This is my first year applying and I'll keep fighting for an appointment this year until the end. I have a 3.6 college GPA with an A in Chemistry and A's in my other science courses as well. I'm confident that I will do well in Physics this semester too. It's just one math course from last semester that would be the obstacle.

    I have strong recommendations including one from a former Midshipman, a retired USMC Colonel with 24 years of service, and other teachers/coaches/employers.

    I'll never give up on this.

    Congratulations on your appointment! Thank you again for your help!
     
  4. usmc8

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    I too was a college applicant in the engineering program. I finished with a 3.6 GPA as well and received recommendations from my english and calculus teachers, so we seem to be pretty similar applicants. You definitely have the grades for the Academy so prep school probably wont be an option for you. Don't let one course grade eat away at you either. It's a whole person score, so one class will not kill you no matter what subject, especially if your math teacher wrote you a positive recommendation on your behalf.

    Good luck in the future and keep me posted. I hope to meet you on the yard this summer.

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  5. pilot2b

    pilot2b Candidate Appointee

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    I'm a current NAPSter. My suitemate went to a year of college before coming here. Several other directs have as well. Many of the prior enlisted went to a year of college before enlisting as well. Just b/c you went to college does not take you out of the running for NAPS (or better yet, a direct appointment).
     
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    pilot2b,

    Thanks for the information! Learn something new every day.
     
  7. Whistle Pig

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    Not to be a downer, but you're seeking presumably informed opionions.

    I may have missed your math grade which I believe you said was calc? What is your grade? If it's less than "stellar" any chance this semester will be?

    I see your candidacy as being challenging. Specifically ...

    1. The entire purpose of looking at college grades is to determine how an additional year or 2 of college level math has come out. If your calc performance was less than pretty stellar, I'd wonder how much value even a great recommendation from your calc prof suggesting you'll do well in the future IF you've not done very well in his presence. I my be misreading your message, and hoping so.

    2. You're not a candidate for a prep school,imo, either NAPS or Foundation. No matter the anecdotal evidence, that would seem to make no sense, no matter if you're a stud athlete. You'll not be offered a slot in NAPS. Put that one to rest. mo

    3. On the upside you're benefitting from a seemingly positive trend. Specifically, in the Class of '11, 43 came from college. In the Class of '16, it's reported 85 have college backgrounds.
     

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