Past school appointees

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  1. quick

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    Two years agot USNA accepted two kids in my school. One was selected to go straight to the academy and the other NAPS. I believe I am as qualified if not more qualified than they were. How does this look to the admissions board? does it give my profile a bump at all?
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  2. TheJuga

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    First, please realize that you are not competing against the same people as those two were; you're in an entirely different candidate pool. The only factor that relates you to those candidate at all is the school you went to since high school rigor is factored into the academy's GPA conversion.

    Also, "believing" you are more qualified doesn't really matter to admissions. There are too many factors in the admissions process (CFA, academics, interview, etc) to decide that.

    Sure, maybe you realize you are stronger academically or physically than they were. Maybe that's a good indicator that you're competitive. Just realize: it IS a different candidate pool, and there are many more people applying to the Naval Academy now than two years ago.
     
  3. jtoye

    jtoye NAPS '12 appointee

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    I think the important thing is that the candidate pool is different, your friend at the Academy is already there so that does not particularly affect you from an admissions standpoint. They would contribute to your school numbers on graduates attending 4-year universities etc. As far as being more qualified goes it is hard to say since we are never told our WCS. Last year I had a friend at the very top of his class with a 3.9x uw with great EC's, SAT's, AP's, all-state swimming etc get a TWE; another friend closer to my class rank (top quarter) is at NAPS right now. Very tough to compare ourselves off of just a glance.
     
  4. quick

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    I fully understand that the pool i'm in now and the pool of two years ago is completely different. I kinda knew that it really didn't matter but i figured i'd throw it out there just to get some other opinions. Thanks for the input.
     
  5. Whistle Pig

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    Congrats on NAPs. Hopefully you recognize the great gift you have received. May we assume you are a recruited athlete?

    Still, this illustration exposes the gross inequity being exposed and current brouhaha facing USNA and NAPs, both funded with public tax dollars. Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I'm not sure this illustration exposes anything.

    The question was whether the fact that two students at the OP's school went to NAPS and USNA directly will affect the OP's chances. The answer is probably not - or at least not directly.

    How candidates with certain qualifications -- at the OP's school or anywhere else -- were treated two years ago has no direct bearing on how the OP and other candidates will be treated this year. As others have said, the candidate pool is different this year.

    USNA does look at the success at USNA that students from particular schools have. This is more objective, than subjective. Thus, if a candidate who was in the top 20% of his class at h.s. A does very well at USNA, that will make it somewhat more likely that USNA will view future candidates who rank highly in their class at h.s. A as likely to succeed academically at USNA. How much does this help you? Not too much, but maybe a little.

    The NAPS issue is being well vetted on another forum. Those who want to participate in that discussion should take it there. The OP's anecdotal views on the qualifications of his friends really doesn't have much bearing on that overall discussion and I don't believe he/she intended to open that debate.
     
  7. Whistle Pig

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    Whoops. Sorry. "quick" was too quick. My point was directed not at OP, but jtoye ... And it clearly illustrates the issue of concern.

    The comment was directed at the jtoye's information and observation. Putting it elsewhere would have further confused the point and flow of the discussion. Sorry for confusing. Blame it on too-quick quick! He's simply faster on the draw.
     

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