Orientation

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  1. iront

    iront New Member

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    Hi,

    First post here but I have been reading for a few weeks. I am wondering if USMMA and the other academies have an orientation program like USAFA? I have applied to USNA and USMMA and was not sure if this is the case for all of the academies.

    Thanks!

    **I posted this in USNA also.
     
  2. winga34

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    If you are referring to Summer Seminar, then I would suggest applying to Navy's this Spring. It usually has a more competetive admissions process than the actual admissions to the Academy because there are less slots available. So, if you are not accepted to the Summer Seminar, it does not mean that you are not good enough for the school, it just means that they didn't have enough room. P.S.~ USMMA doesn't have a summer seminar.
     
  3. KPMarineopsdad

    KPMarineopsdad Member

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    Summer Seminar

    The pace of the academic calendar make it impossible for King's Point to offer a summer seminar. The requirement that each midshipman spend a year at sea drives the pace of everything else that occurs at this school. What this means is that the Academy must find a way to fit 4 years of education into the remaining 3 years that the mids spend in residence. They accomplish this with a very aggressive academic schedule and very few breaks. Typically the first class graduates near the end of June and the new candidates arrive in early July. The 2 weeks in between are generally used for maintenance of the buildings. Classes start back up again near the end of July. I'm afraid that the best they can offer is an overnight visit.
     
  4. toddman10

    toddman10 USMMA Midshipman

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    Overnight Visit!!!!

    It is worth doing an over night. I did one and it was the main reason I knew I could be happy at Kp. I recomend it if you are looking at the academy it is fun and you get to meet midshipmen who you can ask questions of.
     
  5. usma 2013 hopeful

    usma 2013 hopeful Prospective

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    I agree. I got DQed from USMA because of a medical waiver and by no means wanted anything to do with another academy. The only thing that got me down there was an overnight visit to meet with coaches. It made me fall in love with USMMA. I can't describe how beautiful the campus is and that was at the end of november. NY at it's finest is mid spring and fall. I find myself two months later with a new dream to attend USMMA and had I not visited the academy I would still probably feel sorry for myself and end up someone I hate.
     
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    Great Visit at KP also!

    I must say that the visit was a definite selling point for KP. We did get the feeling that people knew one another there. The Admissions office was attentive and accessibile, and the coaches that we met were great! They all seem to be involved/attached to KP. We received emails from admissions/coaches regularly, so it really gave us a great feeling that we were wanted there. Upon leaving the campus, my family and I felt great about the experience. USMMA is somewhat at a disadvantage because they don't have summer programs like the SAs do, so many candiates don't the opportunity to get to know the academy. Great opportunities upon graduation as well.
     
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    As I learn more about USMMA I realize why some call it the Hidden Gem of the Service Academies. I love that grads have so many options at graduation. The visit is what sold my son.
     
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    usma 2013 hopeful Prospective

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    That was what made it a great option when I didn't get a waiver for West Point. Knowing that I had that four years of regimental life under my belt before I decide to commit to active army. I liked how "quaint" it was because I'm coming from a graduating class of 214. Going from 214 to 1300+ is intimidating to me, doable but intimidating!
     

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