Talked to CGA rep.

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  1. Serve.USA

    Serve.USA Member

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    At boys state a couple months ago I talked to a man who was representing CGA. As I started talking about credentials so he could say "Yes you have a chance or no you dont" I asked him this,
    "will a 33 in math act compensate for 26 in english and a 27 in reading(these are composite)?"
    He pretty much said no and that I would not be able to get in just because of that, even if my other credentials were great. I find this to be shocking and I surely hope that this isnt true. He admitted he was not the usual rep, and was just acting in place of another rep.

    Does anyone else have any guidance?
     
  2. faststreet

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    My son applied to both CGA and USNA. The admissions partners and admissions people we met all said that an acceptance was not based on any one score or item, but rather your whole candidate score including ECA's, sports, community involvement, etc. CGA admissions is great about answering any questions you may have. I would call them. USNA said basically the same thing.
     
  3. AuxNoob

    AuxNoob CGA Admissions Partner

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    I can confirm what faststreet said. CGA will look at everything.
     
  4. grevar

    grevar CGA Admissions Partner

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    And to add.....Don't let what one person said keep you from applying. One thing is certain, if you DONT apply, you WILL NOT get in.
     
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  5. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    But you do have time to get scores up.
     
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  6. Serve.USA

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    Thank you all so much. Too late to take sat and act again... But i have faith in my extracurriculars and community service.
     
  7. navymomwannabe

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    Why is it too late? There's an ACT on October 24 and December 12.
     
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  8. grevar

    grevar CGA Admissions Partner

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    Absolutely! If you think you will improve your test scores, you can always wait to apply during the regular action period if you want those scores considered. Both of those dates would be scored in time to make the deadline.

    Also, don't forget, CGA requires the writing portion of the ACT test.
     
  9. navymomwannabe

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    Thanks Grevar...didn't know about the required writing portion.

    We attended an admissions briefing on campus this summer. He told us that the only people who should apply early action are the "superstars." His word.
     
  10. Serve.USA

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    Thanks grevar. I think i will apply early action, but also I will retest if i can.
     
  11. Serve.USA

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    I wonder what a general idea of a "Superstar" is? top 2 percent of class? what type of act scores?
     
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    I don't know exactly. But we attended a service academy forum for Congressman Foster today and confirmed that USCGA does NOT roll from early action to regular action. So if you aren't all that and a bag of chips...I'd go regular action.

    All I know is that my DD will apply regular next year.
     
  13. Cgacadet

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    I would retake the tests if you think you can do better. It is extremely tough to get into the Academy, so if you want to be here you have to strive for excellence.
     
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    So what does that mean if they look at the whole person profile? What is the criteria of all that and a bag of chips? How does it differ from applying early vs reg in the selection?
     
  15. Physicsguru

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    CGA has two periods when they review packets and offer appointments; early action and regular action. Only high school students can apply for early action; high school graduates have to wait until RA. You can do a search in this forum about how many appointments are offered vs. how many applicants are viewed in EA.

    There are three possible outcomes from EA: offer of appointment, rejection, or moved to the wait list (or alternate pool). Applicants looked at during EA and rejected are not looked at again during RA!

    EA is available if the applicant thinks they are competitive enough to get an appointment. It also allows an applicant to get a jump on their plan B if they are rejected.

    My personal advice (and I'm not in the admissions process, I'm on the outside looking in): If you have strong SAT/ACT, high class ranking, good overall GPA, and a strong record of leadership in extracurricular activities, then go EA. Otherwise, use the fall term to continue to improve on your weak areas and go RA.
     
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