U.S. Naval Academy: Do I have a chance? :)

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  1. flightsurgeon

    flightsurgeon Member

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    Hey everyone! I'm currently a Junior applying for USNA as part of the C/O 2019 and I was wondering where I stand in the lot of competitive applicants:

    Academics:
    UW GPA: 3.94
    W GPA: 4.12
    Class Rank: Top 8%
    AP Classes taken: 4
    Total AP classes by end of HS: 9
    SAT score: I have not taken it yet but based on my practice tests, I've been scoring: Math: 750 CR: 710 W: 700

    Athletics:
    4 years of Vovinam (Vietnamese Martial Arts)
    2 years of Varsity track and field
    Varsity Captain this track season
    *I plan on doing private night training in order to be recruited*
    1 school season of Volleyball
    1 club season of volleyball
    Mile time: 6:55
    Pull ups: 3
    Push ups: 30-40
    Sit ups: 90-100

    Leadership:
    Interact:
    - 3 year officer
    - This year: co-president for three middle school branches of Interact Club
    Red Cross:
    - 2 year officer
    - This year: Co-secretary
    Science Olympiad:
    - Co-founder/co-president this year
    Vovinam:
    - Team organizer/leader
    Track and Field:
    - Captain

    Community Service:
    Local Hospital
    - 3 years as a volunteer
    - ~300 hours of community service
    Vietnamese School
    - 5 years as a volunteer
    - ~130 hours of community service

    Geographics:
    - California

    School:
    -Public
    -Competitive
    -Ranked top 150 in the state of CA

    Thank you for reading this SUPER long post haha! I definitely appreciate any inputs you all may have and please let me know if there are any ways (which I am definitely sure there are) I can improve my chances and boost my competitiveness! :)
     
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  2. Craigb21

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    Academics and leadership look really good. I have a lot of respect for founding science Olympiad. That's a tough club to make. However, you can't predict SAT scores based off practice tests. They are totally different things. Take that from personal experience :p
     
  3. JShawshank

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    Leadership and academics all look good. I recommend you spend a few minutes researching on this site and you will see stats posted by many people asking the same question and also look at incoming USNA class profiles for the past several years to get a feel.

    I assume the pull-up, sit-up, push-up info is all in 2 minutes? Pull-ups and push-ups are below average from what I've seen/read. Get a pull-up bar in your home and work on that now. You should at least try to be in the teens for pull-ups. Push-ups >55-60 and mile-run below 6:30. See if you can get to max on at least a few areas (maximums are posted on USNA site with CFA instructions). And don't forget the basketball throw! USNA seems to focus on this less but you still should be practicing....

    Finally, get your application in as soon as possible - good target is Sept. 1 of your senior year. You'll see on the 2018 appointments thread that they are given out throughout the fall for those who are eligible for nominations other than from MOCs and starting late October / early November for those with MOC noms.

    Good luck...
     
  4. Iowa 73

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    I assume you are registered for the March 8th SAT? You need to get some test results soon.

    As mentioned before, you need to get your pull-up numbers up. Shoot for at least 8. My DS is working on the same thing.
     
  5. Vista123

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    MY OPINIONS ONLY

    strong except for test scores which are only average in two of the three sections (unless you have some other hook you did not mention)- Keep retaking the SAT, honestly keep taking it (or the act) until the BFE or until you have 800,800,800






    Good enough-should be okin my opinion








    If you are a male: Will not meet minimum standards for pull ups, run time is too long, not enough pushups. ask your gym teacher or coach to help out weekly until you can max as many areas as possible. You have plenty of time to improve these, but start now before NASS.
    If you are a female: good job.




    Strong





    This is a big deal. In some areas it is super competitive and you still need to keep pressing forward. In some areas it is less competitive. Regardless, act like your area is super competitive.



    Remember General Hal Moore's dictum that "there is always one more thing you can do to increase your odds of success." If you really really want something in life (anything), then every decision you make from now until it is accomplished should be "Does this help me achieve my goal?" Keep that in mind and you WILL get there.
     
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  6. flightsurgeon

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    Hi all! I noticed that many of you suggest that I improve my CFA scores (especially the pull-ups). I actually forgot to mention that I am a female :). Vista123, I am from district 17 with Congressman Michael Honda. I'm not too sure how competitive it is. :eek:
     
  7. SwimmingMid

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    My only advice is to make sure you possess strong grades in the rest of your AP classes and take both the SAT and ACT. Apply to all available nomination sources as well. When the essays and interviews come, show off your desire to attend and to serve but be humble. The rest of your resume should take care of you. And as always, stay fit and stay healthy! To offer some encouragement, if you were a candidate in my district (IN-01), you would definitely possess everything needed and more to be a strong competitor. Best wishes to you as you embark upon the application process.
     
  8. flightsurgeon

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    Thank you so much swimmingmid! Unfortunately I'm from CA-17 :(
     
  9. 1964BGO

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    Get started on TAKING the SAT/ACT exams; take both at least once to see which works best for you. Plan to take them more than once, and aim high rather than mid range. Best wishes.
     
  10. Nobody's Biz

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    It all depends on who you are competing against. I've seen many other candidate profiles that were as good, if not better, but no appointment. All you can do is the best you can, and then fate will decide.
     
  11. ca2midwestmom

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    flightsurgeon - sent you a PM
     

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