NAPS??

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  1. Nollie

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    Do only students who are not 3Q'd get consideration for NAPS? You could be considered scholastically qualified because of class rank and GPA. I would think that if you have the "whole" package and are just a little lower than what they like on the SAT they could give the NAPS apt.
     
  2. Memphis9489

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    Generally speaking, the candidates sent to NAPS are sent there for academic reasons - either to boost their SAT/ACT scores, get more academic exposure, or to take courses that they need (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Calculus), but didn't take during their high school years. It's never because they need to get a better CFA score or to work on their "leadership" skills.

    Sometimes, those from the fleet are sent to NAPS simply because they have not been exposed to academics in so long. They are being brought up to speed even though their high school credentials were outstanding - yet a bit dated. For instance, maybe they've been out of high school for 3 years and have not even seen a Chemistry or math book during those years.

    However, to a large degree, most of the NAPS students are being recruited for some sport. Not all - but most.

    It is very rare that anybody is sent to NAPS if they are 3Q'd. Why would they go to a preparatory school if they need no preparation?

    It is extremely rare for a 3Q'd candidate, who is not offered an appointment, to be offered NAPS. The academy's position is: If a candidate really wants to attend USNA and did not receive an appointment, they can apply again - just like the NAPS students have to do.
     
  3. time2

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    You are not eligible for NAPS if you are 3Q. The scholastic Q is lacking and it is thought an additional year of academic work can help those who attend NAPS prior to USNA. An example could be someone who was very active in h.s. athletes (who is NOT being recruited by USNA) and as a result their grades suffered in h.s. I don't know the ratio of recruited athletes to others at NAPS, but I know in the past this was the subject of endless debate on here.
     
  4. Eagle1820

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    In which year is the charge made?

    Just curious if a congressman is charged against his slate when a student from his slate is offered NAPS or the following year when he actually attends USNA.
     
  5. ca2midwestmom

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    You don't need a nomination to attend NAPS -- it's offered to you by admissions if you're not 3Q. And you have to do well at NAPS, then reapply to the academy the following year and get a nomination. So to answer your question, the MOC's slate is charged when a candidate actually attends USNA.
     
  6. Memphis9489

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    I don't think those attending NAPS really have to do all that well. If they get a 2.00 GPA at NAPS, they'll probably still be offered an appointment - especially if they will contribute greatly to the triple option offense. :smile:

    NOTE: Not 100% sure about the 2.00, but they certainly do not need anything nearly as impressive as those fighting for appointments from high schools and colleges.
     
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  7. Seavoyager

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    Unless things have changed, you generally have to meet the minimum requirements and graduate NAPs in order to receive an appointment to USNA. Exceptions have definitely been made however.

    You basically need to obtain a 2.0 GPA (by year end), pass your prt (by year end) and put up with the military duty stuff and stay out of trouble. You also need to "reapply" for an appointment, however because you are applying from NAPs, the process is no where near as time consuming, or stressful. And almost everyone is guaranteed an automatic nomination through the secretary of the Navy upon graduation. If your SATs were low upon entering, you are asked to re-sit them (but from my understanding, the new scores don't have any impact on your appointment).

    My class started with 300, and graduated 220. At least 6 people who finished the academic year but did not graduate NAPs (did not meet minimum requirements) were still offered appointments. The lowest GPA was a 1.4! A large portion of my class were recruited athletes, some were priors and others were brain boxes with near perfect records and perfect SATs, but could not obtain a nomination.

    One could definitely make NAPs a cake walk if they wished. Every course for the most part is broken into advanced, intermediate and foundation classes. You have to put up with a lot military wise though. You stand an insane amount of watch, have many field days which often involve waxing and inspections, and you are certainly not viewed favorably among the other training programs who share the base in Newport (OCS etc.).
     
  8. usnadad10

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    Seavoyager. Your comments seem to contradict some of the others. You mention you had people in your NAPS class who were smart as heck but didn't get a nomination. Seems they would be 3qd. Others state no naps if your 3qd. Am i missing something?
     
  9. Memphis9489

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    I agree. I do not see why USNA would send candidates to NAPS who were "brain boxes with near perfect records and perfect SATs". They were probably just the smartest of the group and seemed like "brain boxes" to the others.

    NAPS is no different than any other school; some people are going to be at the top of their class and some people are going to be at the bottom - no matter how smart or lacking in academic acumen the incoming class is. No matter how small the pond, there is always going to be a "big fish".
     
  10. Seavoyager

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    This is why I felt the need to comment. It didn't make sense to many of us either. NAPs is designed for people who need extra help academically but I know 3 people from my class who had perfect SATs and the academics were a breeze to them. One of them actually left because they weren't being challenged enough.

    Maybe they lacked in some area and were just ashamed that they didn't get a direct appointment to USNA. Their reasons for being denied though, were because they couldn't secure a nomination. Again, there could have been other underlining issues but academics didn't seem to be one of them.
     
  11. trini1066

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    Are you in the Naval Academy now?
     
  12. JJBsDad

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    NAPS

    Seavoyager, were these 3 NAPSters recruited athletes?
     
  13. Cobaltgum5

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    A BGO told me that sometimes when applicants who are in a very competitive state who may not be able to get a nomination (who are also fully qualified) might get sent to NAPS. I guess it was because you don't need a nomination
     

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