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Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by C/ 2nd Lt. McKnight, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. C/ 2nd Lt. McKnight

    C/ 2nd Lt. McKnight Member

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    Yes I realize this is a tad early. However, to the people who applied to NASS last year, when did you start hearing back? I haven't seen much activity on here related to this and I was just curious if it was more like WP where they notified quite a few people within days, or more like AF where they didn't even start to review apps until a couple months later.
     
  2. 1964BGO

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    In most cases the apps won't be sorted out well enough for an invitation until sometime in April. As stated earlier, last year USNA had 6,000 apps in the first week. There are only 2,250 slots available. I STRONGLY recommend looking at the sports camps as a backup - see www.navysports.com for the schedule of camps.
     
  3. harmi

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    My son was notified of his acceptance to the summer seminar the first week of March, recieved his letter with the details and paperwork on St Patrick's Day, March 17th...we at our home called it "A we' bit luck o' the Irish" that it came that day...LOL! :shake:
     
  4. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Same as harmi - I checked and he was accepted by email and we booked my son's flights on March 6th last year.
     
  5. jennyp

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    Two years ago, NASS 2008, our son found out via mail about the 22nd of February. Much earlier than we had anticipated.
     
  6. MomoftheMagik

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    Last year our son receive his email in late February and his letter in March.
     
  7. mumsyto3

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    FWIW, last year my son applied to NASS, USMA SLS and USAFA SS all on February 1st when NASS applications opened. He heard back within a couple of days from USMA and USAFA that he'd been accepted to their summer programs. He got a letter in April from USNA that he'd not been accepted to NASS. He was disappointed because NASS was his first choice.

    He ended up getting LoAs to all 3 of those SAs, 2 nominations to USNA and now has his appointment to USNA.

    What's my point? Don't get discouraged if you are not accepted to a summer seminar program.

    Best of luck to everyone!
     
  8. WestTexasmom

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    I'm a "lurker" here, and just decided to jump in on this conversation.
    My son applied to WPSLS, AFASS and NASS when the applications opened. He has received acceptance confirmation from WP and AFA. Because of the overlapping schedules for all the sessions, and being from Texas (lots of travel!) we worked out the best case senario for him to attend all 3 (if accepted). He has already paid for WP session 1, and has requested (but not yet paid) AFA session 3. This only leaves NASS session 1. He talked to the BGO and she suggested letting NA know that session 1 is best, which he did.

    NA is his #1 choice. Do you think he hurt his chances by giving session 1 as his only option? We haven't paid for AFASS yet, so he could turn it down which would open up the schedule for him to be able to attend any of the NASS sessions.
     
  9. jennyp

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    WestTexasMom: Yes, you limited your options a bit by limiting yourself to NASS session one. But, I bet he still has a good chance. One of the reasons NASS exists is to get good candidates back to USNA, especially those from areas less likely to afford access to naval type experiences.

    Where are you from in West Texas? I am guessing Lubbock area since you said your BGO is a "she." The BGO for the rest of west Texas is in El Paso.

    We are near Canyon.
     
  10. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Session 1 NASS is usually the least "popular" b/c many students are still in school at that time. For example, in our area, the only session that doesn't conflict with final exams is Session #3 as school usually runs until the week of June 20.

    Yes, it helps if you can do any session, but if you have to pick only 1, Session #1 is probably the best in terms of popularity.
     
  11. WestTexasmom

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    Thank you both for your responses!
    Jennyp, we are smack in the middle of Lubbock! And I felt that geographically speaking, his chances might be better than if we were in the NE.
    USNA1985, I also thought that session 1 might be the least favorite with many schools having finals that week.
    He has until the end of March to pay AFASS. I'm thinking we'll hold off for now and see if he hears from NASS.

    If he isn't accepted to NASS session 1, would it then be too late to tell them he could attend one of the other sessions?
    He did tell them the reason for being limited to session 1 was due to acceptance to the other two Academy seminars.
    Thanks!
     
  12. Stage4survivor

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    USAFA seminar acceptances started going out at the end of January beginning of Feb. My son is on pins and needles waiting to here. We know that it will take longer to hear from NASS. He hopes to go to both
     
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    Guess you apply there earlier than NASS, we were only interested in USNA
     
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    USAFA application date were Dec 1, 09- Feb 28, 2010
     
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    Last year my son applied to SS's at USNA, USMA, USAFA all on Feb 1st. Within a couple of days of applying he got acceptances to both USMA and USAFA SS's. Didn't hear from USNA until April that he had not been chosen for NASS (which was his first choice). In the long wrong didn't matter that he didn't get into NASS, as he now has an appointment to USNA.:thumb:
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I don't know what the acceptance dates (when you have to accept) are for the other SAs. I think you have to give the options to NASS up front. I can pretty much guarantee you that, if your son doesn't get session 1, he prob won't get 2 or 3. It really is a numbers game; if he isn't accepted, please don't assume he doesn't have a shot at USNA. My USNA roommate's son wasn't accepted for NASS; he now stands with 2 noms and triple Q'ed. Not a bad place to be.

    If your son doesn't get NASS, fight for a CVW. If he doesn't get that, fly to USNA on your own and at least look around. The mid/cadet experiences are GENERALLY similar; he should focus on the locale (so to speak) and options upon graduation.

    In my day, there was no NASS. I did get a CVW for USNA and USCGA. I must admit that the CVWs actually changed my mind. Let me also state that, in retrospect, USCG would have been a better career choice; USNA was definitely the right SA for me. However, my USNA roommate showed up having never seen USNA. She's an O-6 and still in. So, NASS and CVW are not mandatory for success.
     
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    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Interesting - curious when it started and/or if you possibly weren't aware of it. I went to them at both West Point and Navy (although then they were called something like Invitational Academic Workshops) in 1983. A very similar program to what they do now, but with less participation (particularly no PT/Sea Trials). But we attended classes, lived in Bancroft, had all the same types of lectures (how to apply for a nom, what could disqualify you from Dodmerb) and even went up to Baltimore for an Orioles' game.
     
  20. WestTexasmom

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    Thanks USNA1985! But I have to show my ignorance here. What is CVW? I'm guessing an official visit for potential candidates of some sort?
    We were fortunate to visit USNA 2 summers ago(mid gave us a personal tour), which is what "sealed" my son's dream. He has ALWAYS wanted to go military (Marines), and as he has matured, he realized an academy or ROTC was the way to go.

    We encouraged him to apply to the other SS in order to compare (he hasn't had the opportunity to visit either of the other 2) I don't think he has ruled out USCGA, but USNA is definitely his first choice. I understand that not being accepted to NASS doesn't mean the dream dies, but I think he wants the experience.

    I think I understand what you mean about locale and options.
    He liked the feel of the campus and Annapolis. He is a strong math student and will major in engineering no matter where he ends up going.
    If you don't mind, please explain why USCG would have been a better career choice for you.
     

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