Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by SAshey, Oct 15, 2012.
When does rolling admission start for class of 2017? Also when r the nomination interviews usually?
If you mean "Letters of Assurance" (aka "LOAs"), I recall that they generally start going out in October-ish. I don't think I would classify any Service Academy as having "rolling admissions," in the way Penn State does.
For our state, interviews were in the early fall and were scheduled up until the end of December.
I have one of my interviews scheduled this week, but every state is different.
Check your congressmen's websites. I'm from PA and both of my senators have the interview dates posted.
I agree there is no rolling admissions like a traditional college...i.e. submit your packet, meet the board and have an answer 2 weeks later.
You can't be apptd without a nom. MOCs are not required to submit their slate until the end of Jan. Some will submit early, some will wait until 1/31.
Our MOCs did not publish dates or even if they held interviewed on their websites. *Look at the website 1st, but if you can't find it contact them personally to see if they do interviews. *Not every MOC interviews. *2 of the 3 noms DS applied for did not interview.
They call it Mass Mailing March for a reason. The reason is statistically the bulk of appts are released in March, although many met the boards for their WCS in the fall.
The reality is hope for an apptmt by T-Day or Xmas, but expect St. Patty's day for results. I think the rule of thumb is 75% find out in March.
Our MOCs didn't do interviews at all and all released their Noms first week in December. My DS was a very strong candidate (he is top 3% currently at USAFA) and still didn't get appt until 4/1/12. We were stressed, sweating, absolutely pulling our hair out (that was the parents, DS was calm, cool and confident the whole time).
Best advice, don't expect anything until Spring, have your backups in place and be thrilled if you find out early.
Good luck to you and all the 2017 hopefuls
Good advice. Especially since appointments aren't exactly flowing like the Nile.
The first "board" will meet toward the end of October...and will select "a few" folks. These will not be athletes.
Athletes (highly recruited ones) will still see LOA's, etc., sporadically throughout the process.
For the rest of the folks...VERY VERY few early picks...I can't emphasize enough "VERY FEW."
Look for the majority of picks to start in late January/early February...at the earliest.
Ive always found your posts to be very helpful.
Thank you very much for this information.
So i completed me entire application on 10/10, including the cfa and dodmerb..i still hwve to be interviewed for the MOC nomination, but how likely is it that i will meet the first admissions board for even the SMALLEST CHANCE of earning an LOA?
Daughter no2 just found out she has one MOC interview first week of November - she has not heard from the other MOCs yet and it seems they have not sent anything out yet. Daughter no1 also had her interviews the first week of November last year (she is a c4c now).
Are you a recruited athlete?
If not...don't think about LOA's...the numbers "floating around" USAFA are really small...
If your package is complete, it'll go before the board.
I am not a recruited athlete.
And do you think it will meet the first admissions board?
If it is complete, it will probably go before the board. That does not mean that you'll hear anything back due to the complexity of the selection process. Many cadets didn't find out until March last year. Please be patient and it will all happen in time.
Hang in there.
If your package is complete, yes, it will meet the board that meets at the end of October/First of November.
Don't expect to hear a thing about it. Not trying to dispel hopes, but there will be VERY few LOA's given to "non recruited athletes" this cycle.
Just bear down for the rest of the year, work on "what if" plans (aka: Plan B) and be patient. USAFA "might" change and take more earlier but I highly highly doubt it after the briefings I've been to. My supposition is that most appointments will come in February/March 2013.
Thank you both!!!
For parents, I think it is especially important to have the plan B in the pocket, especially financial aid deadlines should be met and all other requirements checked and rechecked.
That "free" $400,000 education your child gets at a Service Academy is indeed fantastic, but the few hundred, even thousand, dollars it costs to secure a Plan B, can be a life-saver, and a great stress reliever.
+1 to fencer's post.
You, me and the man behind the tree cannot predict the future.
What happens if you get an apptmt, but a DQ for DoDMERB, thus wait for a waiver that might never come. Meanwhile, you have the apptmt. in hand so you don't place a deposit at your plan B university, yet the waiver doesn't occur, where will you go come next fall?
I don't think they have ever had a 100% retention rate out of BCT, some leave, some are medically turned back. What will you do if you are 1 of them?
We all understand this is your desire, but even when that BFE arrives, IMPO you still need to protect yourself.
A poster's DD contract Guillian Barre Syndrome during BCT, I believe she was a recruited athlete. She was sent home by August.
Some feel that it gives an easy out for the cadet during BCT. Some feel it is best to have a safety net. They feel it is a good idea for what ifs. What if at your family's Memorial Day picnic you play a fun game of flag football and break your leg? By Memorial Day you will have lost the university slot if you don't pay the deposit. Yet, you would be in a cast come I-Day, thus you could not attend. Where do you go come fall?
You need to talk to your folks about this decision. There are colleges that work with SA appointees regarding the deposits, due to the fact that at a certain date it becomes non-refundable. It is college by college, but IMPO it doesn't hurt to talk to the school. You may want to talk to the det too to see if they can assist you for the JIC. Deposits cost a couple of hundred, and depending how many apps you send out, plus ACT/SAT, prom, graduation, etc., sr. yr is a very costly yr for the folks. I think overall we were always thought we were lucky to walk away with being out 1500-2000 dollars for our srs.
Talk to them now to see how they feel about paying a deposit.
My twins each put down deposits (courtesy of their parents ) at their plan B colleges, not because of their fear of BCT or the Academics or anything like that. But I INSISTED in case they were injured at BCT and had to get a medical turnback.
Turns out, one did break his nose fairly badly and surgery was suggested, but at his option now-or-later. He opted for no turnback, toughed it out with ice and ibuprofen, and made it through BCT missing only a couple hours while the drs examined that nose. Horrible couple days but he didn't have to go home.
Anyway, the deposits and other pre-college expenses incurred to secure a spot in the fall cost us about $1000 for the two. A minor investment in their futures.
Loa and waiver
PIMA, does your post mean that a candidate is not considered for a waiver until and unless he/she gets an appointment? I know remedials are requested prior to any appointment if you are considered competitive/Admissable, but once the remedial is done does the medical process stop until it is determined that you will get an appointment? Thanks
DoDMERB Q's or DQ's. The SAs and ROTC request waivers. No, they do not wait until you have an appointment/scholarship before they request a waiver. Hope this helps.
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