Question for people already offered NAPS

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  1. pink

    pink New Member

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    First, congratulations. I was wondering if you feel comfortable could you say what kind of SAT scores and gpa's you had. Also if you are prior enlisted or recruited athletes. I am just trying to get a good feel of what they are looking for in the NAPS people. Thanks
     
  2. NorthernCalMother

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    Pink, my son was a NAPS 07 grad, now a 2/C @ USNA, and what struck me about the NAPS classmates I met was how diverse their qualifications were. It's tough to generalize because among the 250-300 students, you find a mix of ... everything. My son was one of the ones w/ a 4.0 (w/ honors and AP classes) plus great leadership but only mid-to-high 500 SATs. There were also NAPSters w/ great SATs or ACTs, not-great grades. And great GPAs and scores but not ready for USNA in terms of fitness. And recruited athletes and priors who showed great promise in performance/leadership, but in need of academic refreshers.

    You've read all this before, I'm sure. Really, you just can't generalize, except to say that they all had something the Academy wanted, and they wanted to be there so much they were willing to put in an extra year (which must seem like a lifetime when you're 18).

    Oh, and the other thing they had in common was being the roommates everyone wanted as plebes.

    Good luck!
     
  3. SAMom

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    My daughter was accepted for Class of 2011 and her sat scores were ok but not off the charts. GPA was 3.9 and her athleticism and leadership roles are outstanding above and beyond. Remember the Naval Academy has no cookie cutter Midshipman no two are the same they see something in you they want your in. I am sure there are many people who have outstanding SAT scores and grades and didn't get in there is just no way to tell. My advice is to be the best you can be!!!
     
  4. NavIss58

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    Similar situation for my DS, the only thing I can add is that my DS showed determination when he could. A strong application gets you only so far and from the posts I'v read in the past, an acceptance seems just as mysterious for the USNA as it is for NAPS.

    What I can add is this: DS showed up at several SA seminars in the state, whether sponsored by the academies or the state MOC's and stood in line to speak with the USNA RD each time. This can make a difference (I am quoting the RD "let us know you were here by filling out one of our cards...). I think they took attendance that way, but I have an overactive imagination like that sometimes. :biggrin:

    But, the RD was able to see first hand the determination standing before him/her. A few brief questions about how things are going (in an otherwise very lengthy and sometimes difficult application process) can reveal the true determination of a young man or woman.

    Moral of the story: don't underestimate the SA information seminars.
     
  5. OhioWrestler

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    My son had high 500/low 600's SAT scores, ACT 28 & GPA of about 3.5 at a very competitve school. He is an accomplished wrestler in Ohio, heavily involved in EC's & has been the captain of the wrestling team for 2 years. He attended a wrestling camp last summer at USNA and advised the coaches that he really wanted to wrestle for the Midshipman. Like the vast majority of the Navy wrestlers, he was selected for NAPS. He has since called the West Point & USCGA wrestling coach to advise of his decision.
     
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    My son is similar to Ohio Wrestler but was/is being recruited for football. His SAT math was solid (high 600's), but his Reading was high 500's. His non weighted GPA was a 3.6. He is in AP classes , will graduate with 5 math credits and 4 lab Science (two are AP). He is involved in community organizations ,school organizations and capt of two varsity sports.

    He attended a football camp at the Naval Academy during the summer and when asked by coaches, expressed his interest in attending the Naval Academy. He let them know that his choice of school would be military regardless of football.
     
  7. pink

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    Sounds like most of you are scholastically qualified for USNA. Did you receive a scholastically Q'ed letter? I thought if you were, then you would not be offered NAPS. Or since one SAT score was below 600 does that make you not scholascally Qualified?
     
  8. MJOmom

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    No, having one SAT score below 600 does not mean you can't get into USNA directly. Many, many things go into a direct appointment. Recommendation letters, interview results, all sorts of issues are put on the table. My son recieved a direct appointment with an SAT reading score of 560 ... his math score was 690 ... what made the difference? No idea. maybe maturity? maybe recommendations? Others from our area went to prep schools, and my son's roommate went to NAPS ... NAPSters do very well at the academy ... they have quite a leg up on those right out of high school ..
     
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    I have heard that NAPSTERS do very well. I guess I did not make myself clear. People talk about getting letters from the academy saying they are scholasticaly qualified. People talk about being 3Qed. I just thought that if you received a letter saying you are scholastically qualified to compete then that would put you out of the pool for NAPS. I know they look at the WPS. It seems like all of you that responded to this are very scholastically qualified so I was confused.
     
  10. NavIss58

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    you know pink, that's a good question. I've seen some talk about not getting an appointment and others that do, but how that NAPSters get the cut and not the rejection is a mystery.

    I have to say, when the NAPS offer came in my eyes glazed over and I didn't really ask how....:thumb:

    But it is a good question.

    and BTW, my DS never got the 'Scholastically Qualified' letter which made me very nervous for him. But I kept hope for until the rejection letter comes, anything is possible.
     
  11. navy_clarinet_mom

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    Those that are 3Q'd or more specifically "Scholastically Qualified" are not able to go into the NAPS pool. That is because the primary function of NAPS is to improve the academic qualification of those that USNA sees something in that that like.

    If you have not been Scholastically Qualified and your strongest desire, deep in your gut desire, is to go to USNA then make sure that the admissions office knows how badly you want it and that you will take an appointment at NAPS. It could make a difference if your application is on the fence in some cases.
     
  12. NavIss58

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    I suppose too, Mom, that even if you 'are Scholastically Qualified and your strongest desire, deep in your gut desire, is to go to USNA, then make sure that the admissions office knows how badly you want it', applies also. Waiting to be listed 'Scholastically Qualified' before showing determination is not a recommended approach.

    Showing determination was probably one of the tougher things to 'teach' my two sons while they are growing up in an 'adult world'.

    Stand tall and be sure and determined in your actions. Good advice all around.
     
  13. mdsu

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    Do you get a rejection letter first and then a NAPS appointment offer? I've heard of someone getting that but I'm not sure if that is normal or not.
     
  14. NavIss58

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    mdsu, no, no rejection letter, no SQ's letter, no Athletic Recruitment letter, just several rounds (3) of DoDMERB remedials (that's scary enough on it's own). There were many opportunities to get discouraged, many opportunities.

    Lot's of letters to submit and stats..
    lot's of sit and wait, :rolleyes:
    check status and submit new information
    sit and wait, :rolleyes:
    get medical exams in..
    check status and prod teachers for recommendations
    sit and wait :redface:
    follow up on remedials :redface: and..
    go to interviews...:smile:
    check status and sit and :rolleyes:
    might as well go skiing :biggrin:
    then.....BAM! There it was :biggrin:
    then there's police background check :confused:

    now we're waiting on the 'first orders' :thumb:

    good luck to every in the 'sit and wait' mod, you can always pick your nails down to the stub while you're waiting , <not recommended btw>, but that won't change anything
     
  15. pink

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    NavIss58-- I like your sense of humor!
     
  16. mdsu

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    ahh yes, I've been waiting for a while. I hope to get an offer to NAPS soon, the wait definitely is not fun!
     
  17. NavIss58

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    my recommendation: take a few days off and go skiing!
     

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