Not competitive enough?

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  1. 2Steaktacos

    2Steaktacos Member

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    I have a general question. I have a 32 composite on my ACT, 4.4 gpa w/10 honors or AP classes, varsity team captain, school club president,boys state, maxed 3 and well above average on rest of CFA at SLS, qualified dodmerb, 250+ volunteer hours. Having said that if there is someone from my town that is also applying with a 34 ACT and similar extra curriculars than I'm basicsly out of luck right?
     
  2. MemberLG

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    not really.

    Same Congressional district or different Congressional district?

    Big state or small state. The other kid could win the Senatorial nomination.

    Do you know if this kid is medically qualified?

    Give 100% and see what happens as you know yourself and you don't know everything about your competitors.
     
  3. mellowgator

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    Not sure which sport you play but if the coach decides to recruit you that could be your edge. Recruited athletes have a separate admissions process.
     
  4. buff81

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    Multiple kids from the same HS get USMA appointments each year.
    Just work to give WP your best file and don't worry about the other kids in your district.
    A 32 ACT is a great score :thumb: - but I would take it again. Since WP superscores even raising one subscore will help you.
    Continue to update your file.
    Good luck! :thumb:
     
  5. 2Steaktacos

    2Steaktacos Member

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    Buff-thanks - I am signed up to retake the ACT in sept. I have spent almost two years working on every single aspect of my application from CFA practice once a week for over a year, down to getting my braces on early so I could make sure to get them off on time, to taking exactly the right classes to fit the profile-but I have been really down and this is just what I needed to hear.

    MemberLG-The guy who is also applying lives on my street, in my town, in my congressional district but Im public and he is private highschool. BIG state! He has not completed his physical yet. I am qualified (officially)

    MGator-I play a high level sport but wont be a recruited athlete (neither is he)

    thanks for the encouragement.
     
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  6. dlee96

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    It really depends on your congressional district, there's a quota for how many kids they're [USMA] allowed to accept from each district. For example, I live in the Great Lakes region and usually 2 candidates are accepted in my district.
     
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  7. Packer

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    Not really true. Take a look at the law that defines such things.
    http://openjurist.org/title-10/us-code/section-4342
    Each congressional district will get at least one assuming they have qualified candidates. However, some districts will get many more than two due to different types of nominations and competitiveness of the district.
     
  8. kinnem

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    One key potential difference, which you can control, is to apply to every nomination source for which you are eligible. Who knows, maybe the VP nomination can pan out. Also, continue to be timely on your application as it sounds Luke you already are. Perhaps that alone could make the difference.
     
  9. buff81

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    It's entirely possible for all 10 on a MOC's slate to get an appointment.
    The districts around the DC area come to mind where this could and has (from what I've heard) happened.
    But also realize that candidates will most likely have more than one nomination and could get their nom slot from another source. In the DC area, there are many with Presidential noms in addition to a MOC nom.
    So - the moral of the story is - apply for all noms that you are qualified for which for everyone is at a minimum, 4. Your Congressman, 2 Senators and the VP. (Like kinnem said :thumb:)
     

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