Should I reapply?

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  1. aauuppaa

    aauuppaa New Member

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    I'm in college right now, and I just finished my first year. I'm a finance/accounting double major, and my overall GPA is 3.5. I know when you re-apply to academies it's recommended to be in a STEM major, but I'm wondering if I have a solid chance. At first I didn't want to reapply after getting rejected my senior year of high school in 2014, but the more I think about it, the more I want to go to an academy. Here are my stats:

    3.7 GPA in high school
    3.5 GPA in College
    1910/2400 SAT
    1330/1500 Math + Reading SAT

    (I didn't mock plebe courses other than Calc 1 which I got a B+ in)

    I know that academics are not the only factor into obtaining an appointment, but from a purely academic standpoint, can someone tell me if this is good enough? Please be brutally honest.
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    From an academic standpoint, here are some things you didn't tell us that you need to consider.

    What college classes did you take and how many credit hours? If they are all finance/accounting other than Calc, they won't be particularly meaningful to USNA. That said, your GPA is good, especially if you were carrying 15+ hours.

    Can't follow the SAT scores you posted. You want to be around 650V/700M to be really competitive.

    What else did you do in college other than attend class? Can you demonstrate you were active in sports/ECAs/job while maintaining a good GPA?

    How did you do in your h.s. STEM courses (chem, physics, calc) and did you take them at an honors or AP level?

    How good will your LORs from your freshman teachers be? And if you didn't take English, what writing-intensive course did you take?

    What courses are you taking first semester next year? This is your chance to take chem or physics or calc 2 as well as English or History and get an A or B. USNA won't review your application until those grades are in. It also demonstrates an interest in the type of courses you will be taking at USNA.

    What state/district do you live in? That can make a difference.

    PLEASE DO NOT post the answers to all of the above questions for privacy reasons. You can figure out from the questions whether the answers you give will help you or not.

    Bottom line is that I've seen at least one person in your position (2 yrs of college; few plebe courses) receive an appointment and do really well at USNA. You definitely have a decent chance but also have the opportunity in the next semester to improve your chances.
     
  3. aauuppaa

    aauuppaa New Member

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    Awesome, thank you for your reply! Also, who would confirm my extra curricular activities? When I applied as a senior, my guidance counselor did it, but since I'm in college, I'm not sure who would do that.
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Sorry, but I don't know. Perhaps someone who has reapplied can help. If not (and it's not otherwise indicated on the form), your RD can tell you.
     
  5. MedB

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    AAUUPPAA,

    Just a note that duplicate posts are generally not encouraged here.

    That being said, important and appropriate question with some good answers on both threads. Hope they help and good luck!
     
  6. 2018midmom

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    If you want to attend USNA to become a Naval or Marine Corps Officer the reapply. They can't appoint you without an application. They do not look at college applicant transcripts until after Fall semester so enroll in any course you have failed to take that may be helpful (chem/calc/physics). Go for summer mini terms if you can. Give yourself a chance or you may always wonder.
     
  7. LongAgoPlebe

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    I think you also need to consider, OP, whether you want to attend a college where, regardless of your major, you will take at least one year of chemistry, one year of physics, three semesters or more of calculus and prob+stats (probably not an issue with a finance/accounting major), with many majors requiring more math than that, and various other engineering courses. Even if you major in the humanities, you'll graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. If you haven't taken other typical plebe courses, why not? (That is an inquiry, not a challenge.) If it is that you really don't like chemistry and you're dreading physics, then pursuing commissioning through ROTC or even OCS may be a better option for you.
     

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