USAFA Prep School

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  1. 02WRlaX

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    Hi, I am applying to USAFA this year and I am worried my low SAT verbal (570) will prevent me from being competitive for admission. Nonetheless I am giving it my best shot! What I am curious about is the prep school. I know that they look for applicants that stuggle in a certain area and I believe that my low verbal would give me that distinction. I am also aware that USAFAPS accepts lots of recruited athletes and prior enlisted airmen. My question is how many "almost qualified" canidates does the prep school admit in comparison to athletes and airmen?

    I am also unsure of how the application process for the Prep school works. I have looked around on the forum but cant seem to find anything.

    Any help is appreciated, thanks




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  2. Christcorp

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    There is no number that can be given. It is true that the prep school is for individuals that the academy sees as having potential but are lacking in a particular area.

    The prior enlisted is mainly because these individuals have been out of school for a number of years. Usually at least 2, but up to 4-5 years. It's difficult to put them directly back into a top-10 type of school when they haven't been in classes since they were 17 years old.

    Others, based on their environment, because of economics, academic opportunities/lack of, social/cultural upbringing, etc... may show potential but didn't have the opportunity to take the academic courses that most applicants did. But they show the potential.

    Athletes: Many people recognize when an individual excels in academics. Many recognize when an individual excels in JrROTC, CAP, or scouting. Some recognize how others have excelled in EC activities like be the president of club, volunteering, etc... But many don't like to recognize athletics as an area to excel in that is equally as important or as impressive. Because sports and the military both emphasize as one of their most important attributes "Team Work", many don't see this as important; vs academics, JrROTC, CAP, etc... They see athletes as the stereotype of many colleges where they bring in an individual who is exceptional in athletics but sucks in academics.

    The air force and academy want the well rounded individual. The prep school looks for individuals who are well rounded and have potential, yet they are lacking in an area; usually academics. I have seen plenty of individuals that the academy wanted because of they excelled athletically; but the academy said NO because they knew they couldn't/wouldn't succeed at the academy academically, socially, etc... I know first hand where some of the coaches; like Coach Calhoun looked at a highly recruited athlete, and said NO... He's not a good fit for the academy.

    So your question can't really be answered. It isn't a matter of: "X" amount of athletes; "Y" amount of minorities; "Z" amount of prior enlisted; etc... The prep school is about individuals who show promise; probably excelled in one or more areas; but is lacking in an area (Usually academics). Who they choose isn't based on how many of what category they already have. It's based on the individual and wheat they consider will add value to the next academy class to add to it's diversity.

    P.S. There is no "Application" for the prep school. it's simply.... You apply to the academy, and the academy decides if you receive an appointment; a prep school slot; or a "Sorry, try again next year" letter.
     
  3. 02WRlaX

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    Thanks for the quick response, you cleared the majority of the questions I had about the prep school. I am also glad to hear that it is not just reserved for exemplary athletes. No matter what I'll give it my best shot and if I cant make it this year I'll just re-apply after a year of college.


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