Question about Transfer Credits

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  1. usnajosh

    usnajosh Member

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    By the time I find out whether or not I have been accepted into the Class of 2015, I will almost be half-way to a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. My question is, what are the typical classes that will transfer to USNA? (general education, specific track courses?)
     
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    unfortunately for you all USNA plebes start out with ZERO credits. They do not transfer. You can validate basic classes like Calc 1 and Chem, but credits do NOT transfer.
     
  3. usnajosh

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    Ah ok. Well I suppose I should really have it down the second time around! Thank you for the info.
     
  4. Whistle Pig

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    You may however, be able to exempt/test out of basic subjects in the sciences, math, etc. But in any case, an appointment to USNA requires a 4 year education. In the event you are exempt from a sufficient number of courses AND you do well in those you do take, you may become a candidate for commencing a graduate program at a nearbye institution your final semester.
     
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    I'm in a similar position with my AP courses. I have been assured by the admissions staff that upon arrival at plebe summer an advisor will work with each plebe to take tests or validate from past preformance the classes that you can or should validate. Some classes you are at an advantage to repeat others you can do without... Then its on to a masters!
     
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    Is this program still restricted to the top candidate in each of twenty or so select majors?
     
  9. Whistle Pig

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    There are a number of different "programs" providing these opportunities, and I'm not sufficiently knowledgeable to expand in any meaningful way. But I am familiar with several to know that the short answer is "no" ...at least a few, perhaps more than "a few," are open to multiple candidates in each. Some are major-driven, others not, as I understand. No doubt some other readers are more informed about the specifics of some of these opportunities.
     
  10. Capt MJ

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    Validation, post-grad and other paths

    usnajosh, accenting the positive here, college courses can aid in validation of courses at USNA, though not carrying over the credits, by moving a mid ahead of their peers on his/her academic matrix. That may position the mid to take advantage of Master's programs.

    The Master's program mentioned above, where all undergrad work is completed end of senior year first semester, and second semester is spent commuting to nearby grad schools, is VGEP. Those degrees are normally completed by Dec of the class year of graduation.

    IGEP is when the recent grad heads directly to the Master's program after graduation and not to the Fleet or Corps for warfare training and assignment.

    Here's a good sample link below for the Computer Science Dept. Looking at the similar departmental pages on the usna.edu site will show which departments have VGEP and IGEP opportunities and how many. Click on VGEP and IGEP to get details.

    http://www.usna.edu/CS/academics/vgep.htm

    Here's the Mech E Course page with link to each course. You can compare what you're taking now to what's offered. If you land in 2015, the coursework you're doing and how well you're doing, will play into the validation process.
    http://www.usna.edu/MechEngDept/courses.php

    Googling "naval academy engineering department" will send you to a number of links for various engineering majors.

    Of course, this is all w-a-a-a-y down the road for you, but best of luck in landing a spot in 2015. If you really want to be a Navy or Marine Corps officer, and USNA or ROTC are not in the cards for you, don't rule out OCS (or Marine Corps equivalent post-college commissioning programs) if you continue and get your B.S. in Mech E. The Navy always needs good engineers. See this link, which describes the process for gaining a commission and then going on to being a nuclear submarine officer. !!!Please note, under Educational Opportunities, the Nuclear Power Officer Candidate program, a generous scholarship and bonus program designed specifically for undergrads who know they want to go Navy in this field - but are not at USNA or NROTC.
    http://www.navy.com/navy/careers/nuclear-energy/submarine-warfare-nuclear.html
     
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  11. usnajosh

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    Capt. Mg, thanks for those very informative links. A commission is certainly my main goal, and I am also looking into both the Navy two-year NROTC scholarship and the BDCP program.
     
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    You're welcome. Good to have Plan A, B, C if you know your goal is to serve as an officer. Good luck. Hope you keep us posted on here.
     

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