Reasonably competitive for USNA?

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  1. trumpetsoccer541

    trumpetsoccer541 Member

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    I know it is essentially futile to analyze, but I was wondering if anyone could give me their opinion on my chances at this fine institution

    SAT: 2210
    CR: 690 (I know, low...)
    M: 780
    W: 740

    GPA: 4.0 (All A's, school does not weight gpas)
    Class rank: 1/336
    Taken six AP's, will have 10 when I graduate:
    -Sophomore: AP European History and AP Calculus AB
    -Junior: AP Physics C, AP Calculus BC, AP Composition, AP US History
    -Senior (anticipated): AP Probability and Statistics, AP Chemistry, AP Human Geography, AP Literature
    AP Tests: 5's on Calc AB and BC, 4's on US History and Physics C (Still disappointed in myself...)
    -National Honor Society

    Extracurriculars:
    -Soccer: JV Freshman and Sophomore, Varsity Letter Junior and will letter Senior. Junior Year All-Conference Defender Honorable Mention and Team Defensive Player of the Year. Vying for team captain this coming season, as I played the most minutes out of my team last year and anchor the defensive line. Also have played indoor soccer in a men's premier league.
    -Band: Play trumpet. Section leader in Jazz 1, Wind Ensemble, and marching band this year. Will possibly run for band council this year, time permitting. Member of wind ensemble placing 3rd in state, 2nd in state, and 1st in state my 9th, 10th, and 11th grade years respectively. Auditioned and selected for Western International Band Clinic 2012 and 2013, trumpet section leader in top band 2013. Selected for All-State Band junior year. 3 year band letterman, anticipating 4th year. Performed in trumpet ensembles and performed solos at district competitions all 3 years. Play voluntarily in pit orchestra each year. Traveled Europe as an Oregon Ambassador of Music Summer of 2013.
    -Sea Cadets: Just recently joined, so will not be able to make petty officer by the time I submit applications :( At Recruit Training 2014, I was Recruit Petty Officer in Command (in charge of my company at the recruit level) and was selected Honor Cadet of my company and for the entire Recruit Training.
    -Community Service: Assistant coached a local girls soccer team, Beach/river cleanups, tutored in geometry, bird counts for my city, CoCoRaHS weather recorder
    -Qualified for the Oregon Invitational Math Tournament at Calculus level Soph. and Jr. years. Attended sophomore year
    -PADI Open Water Certified
    -YMCA Youth and Government: Sophomore and Junior Years
    -Oregon Boys State 2014: Supreme Court Justice

    -Worked picking blueberries summer of 2012 and worked construction cleanup summer of 2013

    -Attended USNA NASS and USCGA AIM. NASS CFA was around 80ft for the basketball toss, 13 pullups, 45 pushups (can do many more now), 75 situps, and a 5:51 mile run

    -OR District 5

    I feel a little weak in community service and demonstrated leadership positions


    Thank you all so much!
     
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  2. Craig

    Craig Member

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  3. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016

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    Get a five in Lit (plebe English is painful), trade Human Geo for Government if possible.

    You seem like a good candidate, but so does every other candidate out there. Depending on your congressional district, it might be the congressional nomination that you'll need to worry about, not the academic qualification. Get a suit and tie, interview well, write good essays, do what you need to do.
     
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  4. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    In my opinion, you're a good candidate for any service academy. Get a 5 where you can, but honestly, you've checked a good number of the "important" APs off. Other stuff just pads it.

    So yes, you seem to have a good package for USMA, USNA, USAFA, USMMA and USCGA.

    There are many who do, but there are also many who don't.

    Keep up the good work.

    Unless a question is academy specific, you don't have to post the same question five times. The academies are targeting a good segment of the same population.
     
  5. trumpetsoccer541

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    Sorry about the multiple postings. I was not aware of the coordination between the multiple posting groups :frown: Would flying across the country and missing school be worth it to attend a CVW this November?
     
  6. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    I would say yes, but only you can make that decision, especially as you're the only one who knows the importance of things that might be going on in school. Financial matters is another consideration and that would need to be discussed with parents who get to make the decision.
     
  7. GoSox

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    You are a very strong candidate. USNA is "hot" right now, I think (probably all those dang Navy SEALS books/movies) -- candidates I think would have gotten in 10 years ago sometimes don't get in now -- so it is excellent that you are applying to more than one service academy just in case (although I hope you get into and pick USNA).

    If it's not a financial burden on your family, my personal opinion is that a CVW is worth it. NASS is a Disney version of a service academy -- fun, gives you a chance to meet and talk to current mids, gives you a chance to meet the other kids who are interested and could be some of your classmates -- but CVW really gives you a better picture of the day-to-day life at USNA and for the plebes. I'm one of the people who thinks you should try not to miss a game if you're playing for your school team, so it's better to try to get a CVW not in your sports season, but if the only time you could go is in your sports season I think it would still be worth it. You appear to be a superb student, so as long as you communicate well with your teachers about what a CVW is and why it is important for you they should be supportive.

    Good luck!
     

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