NOT Accepted to NASS? Read This!

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  1. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    For those who were not accepted to NASS, please understand that this does not necessarily mean that you are not a competitive candidate for USNA. As I and others have said, NASS is primarily a recruiting tool. Thus, USNA seeks out candidates from high schools and/or geographic areas that have historically been underrepresented at USNA or where USNA hopes to have a greater presence. Thus, it is entirely possible that a lesser qualified candidate in such a situation would receive an NASS acceptance over a more qualified candidate from an area/school where USNA historically has done very well.

    If you want to go to USNA and were rejected from NASS, you should definitely still apply to USNA. I would suggest that you work closely with your BGO to determine if there are weaknesses in your "package" so that, in the next 6-8 months, you can address them. But, your package may be fine . . . it may simply be a matter of location and numbers.

    There are many examples of folks who did not receive an offer to attend NASS but who still receive appointments to USNA. Many.

    Also, please understand that attending NASS does NOT give you a huge, or even moderate, advantage in the USNA application process compared to those who do not attend. If you go and do well, you might get a SLIGHT bump over those who didn't go. However, those who don't go can easily make up for that with other things, such as being a military "brat," an Eagle Scout, team captain, student government leader, doing very well on certain sections of the CFA, etc.
     
  2. jpjades

    jpjades Member

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    I agree. My son was not accepted to go to NASS but he received his appointment and will be there on I-Day so work hard and good luck to you all.
    JDeSena
     
  3. hermom

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    Summer Seminar

    I must agree. My daughter attended SS a few years ago and had a roomate from the west coast. At the end of summer seminar she was one of 3 out of 600 recognized for her accomplishments at the SS. My daughter stayed in contact with her during their H.S. senior year. She applied to AF and Navy. Because of a medical condition Navy would not grant a waiver but AF did. She is now at AF, her first choice. With out giving too much away, the medical condition she has would affect her the same way at both academies.
     
  4. aznarkarus

    aznarkarus Member

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    My rejection to NASS was followed by a LOA 7 months later.

    Don't sweat it if you aren't selected to go.
     
  5. hubertsai

    hubertsai New Member

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    sorry im new, what do you guys mean by "appointment"?
     
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    An offer of appointment is essentially an acceptance to the academy.
     
  7. Eighth Lock

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    I'm definitely glad I also applied to the Air Force's Summer Seminar. I only decided to apply at the last minute (as opposed to my Feb 1st. NASS application), but while my geography certainly didn't help for Navy, it most likely counted for something out to Colorado.
     
  8. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    I applied to and was rejected from AFA's SS (did not apply for NASS). It was a disappointment at the time, but I only used that as motivation for my application. I ended up receiving appointments to AFA and USNA. While SS looks good, it certainly does not make or break the application.
     

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