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  1. prj888

    prj888 Member

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    The NASS application just opened, apart of the application is a personal statement, I would like to get my personal statement looked over by my English teacher which could take a day or two. So I was wondering if USNA selects NASS participants on a rolling admission cycle or if they wait until the application is closed?
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Rolling cycle, but not necessarily FIFO (first in, first out). IOW, just b/c you put your application in the first day, doesn't mean you'll be the first to hear. People will hear along the way but, regardless of when you submit your packet, until you hear a "no," you're still in the mix.
     
  3. Vista123

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    When son applied to nass the acceptances went out in waves. It was three rounds and then afterwards some straggling invites. My son did not get in on the first wave of acceptances (another girl in his high school did--that was a stressor!).

    so dont panic if you read about or hear about acceptances and you have not gotten one yet.

    My son ended up getting an LOA about 7 weeks after NASS (before his senior year of high school even started)--the other girl who got into NASS before my son went in a different direction altogether.
     
  4. HopefulMomUSNA2019

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    Wow! Seven weeks after NASS!! Curious if his LOA was relative to athletics?


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  5. Vista123

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    No, he plays a sport at USNA but it is not a recruited sport. (he is also not a minority and not from an under represented district). He just had a solid well rounded packet and got it all finished very very early. (also LOAs were more common two yrs ago than today)
     
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    That's great but concerns me. My son's application has been complete
    since 9/2 except for nomination. I thought he had a solid application. All AP classes, three sport athlete, multi-sport captain, national honor society, NYSPHSAA scholar athlete for all sports for two years, 1st team all league, all CNY, all state, tons of volunteer hours and still haven't heard anything. The waiting is soooo hard!


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  7. Vista123

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    1.) that year there were more LOAs then last yr or this yr. .....each yr is different.
    2.) son rec'd the LOA w/o a nomination (admittance was contingent upon receiving the LOA + nomination)
    3.) Going to NASS and SLE (USMA version of NASS at the time) helped get that CFA done faster and recorded sooner. He nailed that CFA and maxed I think all but one section.
    3.) Dodmerb moved faster. Son applied to USMA as well (received an LOE there) USMA sent applicants to Dodmerb faster than USNA. so Dodmerb was completed two wks after NASS. His entire packet except for Nomination was done by 7/1

    In other words you cant compare year to year and situation to situation. I do think though that son's ACT scores were the tipping point along with significant engineering based classes, clubs, projects. etc....but that is just a guess.
     
  8. HopefulMomUSNA2019

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    All very similar! Attended NASS! Aced his CFA first time while there. Medically qualified right after NASS! Never took ACT's only SATS and scored very well but still waiting! Uuugh! So stressful!


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  9. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Most candidates are still waiting. Those who have received appts are typically: LOA candidates with noms and principal nominees. There may be some from MOC slates where the slate has been submitted and there are very few nominees on the slate, or very few well qualified nominees on the slate. Most people w/o LOAs who get good news will hear in February through mid-March. Some earlier; a few later.
     
  10. Vista123

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    @ HopefulMomUSNA2019, from historical perspective:
    • There are some (less and less) summer LOAs-end of July through September. BFEs for LOA recipients still dont come though until slates are reviewed.
    • Presidential Noms are among the first to get BFE.
    • an entire slate has to be in before it gets reviewed....some states wait and turn slates in at the same time (in other words two MOCs turn their slate in at the same time, even if one slate is finished first) some state reps don't do their slate until 2 senators finish theirs because they wont duplicate. This can change year to year.
    • You will not know for sure until much much later who your actual nomination source was. You may get multiple noms and think you were chosen from one slate but the academy can move you around so that you end up coming from another slate. so if someone on your slate gets the nod that does NOT mean you are out.
    • Once you get past LOA time (late October-ish for the most part) you are going to wait with everyone else for the slates to be reviewed. In other words you are summer to early fall / or you are very late February and later. Even then it is a trickle.
    • Your son is still in the hunt until he gets that TWE. PERIOD!
    • Two of the saddest posts on this forum are from a.) kid who broke his arm right before Iday so could not go (went the next yr though) b.) kid who got turned away on Iday (or their equivalent) from USCGA for color vision, so have plan B up and running.
    • my favorite post ever on this forum (and Ive been on here for years for multiple kids) is the mom whose son got in two days before Iday. I wish I could find that one....
     
  11. HopefulMomUSNA2019

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    Thanks for the support! Back up plan is all set, but my son will be sooooo disappointed! He has wanted to be an aeronautical engineer and serve his country at USNA since 7th grade! I will keep praying!


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    @ prj888-everything you send should be triple reviewed for grammar, spelling etc. Be mindful though with regard to the personal statements Service Academies are looking for something completely different from other colleges.

    Each candidate submits a Personal Statement. The Board looks at the candidate’s statement for reasons why the candidate wants to attend the Naval Academy. Some reasons are better received by the Board than others. Examples of positive phrases found in personal statements might be "the Academy binds together motivated individuals who embody my ideals"; "its graduates are active not passive people. I am an active person and want to stay involved"; " I want to come to the Naval Academy to develop my abilities." They are not looking for grand literary themes, war fighting language, Pretentious Language, Euphemisms etc. Keep a Proper Level of Formality, use Non-Sexist and unbiased Language and in this particular essay use First-Person Pronouns
     

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