Reapplying

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  1. MSamit

    MSamit Member

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    I am a senior in high school and I have been qualified for the class of 2018 with two nominations (MN-03 and MN-62). Although I realize there is still a decent chance that I will receive an appointment for next year, it is also very possible that I will not receive an appointment.

    Going to USMA has been my dream for a while, and I was wondering if anyone could give me feedback on applying as a freshman in college. Unfortunately, I missed the ROTC deadline for this year. My FFR set up a dinner for me with a current cadet who spent a year at a civilian college before transferring to West Point. Any statistics or feedback are welcome!
     
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    WienerDog West Point Class of 2018

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    Speak to your FFR in regards to an AoG civil prep spot.
     
  3. WIT84

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    DD reapplied for the Class of 2018 and is currently a college freshman. Several weeks ago she made an overnight visit were we told during the briefing that on average 30% of the entering class did a post high school graduation year somewhere else (enlist, prep, college etc).

    Although you may have missed the ROTC scholarship deadline, you can still enroll in ROTC at the school you plan to attend in the event you do not get in this year. I would encourage you to reach out to the PMS at your Plan B school.

    Good luck.
     
  4. usmawebb

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    The most important thing to do is keep your grades up. When I reapplied this year, my RC and FFR both said that is the number one thing to focus on. USMA wants to see that you can handle a college environment. Enroll in ROTC courses. Even though you won't be on scholarship you will learn a lot. Show up to PT and participate as much as possible. Stay active in clubs and sports. And finally, take the SAT/ACT again. It sucks, but after taking calc and a writing class last semester, my score went up 50 points, so it definitely helps.
     
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    Also, try to mimic the freshman classes at the academy as much as possible and where it makes sense. Show them you can handle the load.
     
  6. MSamit

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    Thanks for all of the responses. I will join ROTC as soon as I can in the event I attend a civilian college. It is nice to know attending a different school for a year before transferring to USMA is not uncommon.
     
  7. 1984USNA

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    It's too early to give up hope for an appointment this year. Hang in there. That said, if you don't get in this year, one year is really no big deal in the grand scheme of things. If you don't get in, try to identify what shortfalls you may have had. Immediately start filling in those potholes. In other words, work to strengthen your file. This summer/fall, you should be re-applying with better test scores, better CFA scores, and a solid fall semester of college grades. Your persistence will pay off. Just stay focused on your goal.
     
  8. Ken2012

    Ken2012 Prospective

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    -Ask your RC or FFR feedback, they may have notes on their files for any specific shortfalls.
    -Improve on academics, leadership, PT.
    -I don't know if this is relevant or significant, but I contacted my RC and my nomination sources of my intent to reapply as well.

    Also, if you're going to college in a different area; gather all high school transcripts, signatures, etc. before you head off. I'm luckily in town and near my high school, but I imagine it might make it easier to have everything prepared early.

    Last thing I have is to keep in mind you'll need SOEs from college as well. It's a bit more difficult as you'll have new professors who barely know you, and possibly ones that teach lectures of 100+.
     
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    This is really important. I go to college 5 hours from home and it saved me a ton of headaches by doing all of this before I left. Fill out all of your nomination stuff before you leave as well (if you're going far). It will be one less thing to worry about as you adjust to college life.
     
  10. Positivity

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    I received a VP nom my senior year and never received an appointment, so I know that road very well. All you can do is improve yourself every day and be PUNCTUAL with all of your interactions with WP. My second time applying I made sure to bug the heck out of everyone I could; I really think it showed this is what I want to do.

    Worst comes to worst you go to a civilian college for a year and do some soul-searching. I did, and I feel that I will be better prepared for the academy because I know it is truly what I want. Good luck!
     

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