USNA Candidate Visit Weekend

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  1. AC11

    AC11 Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    So I found out today that I was not accepted to NASS for this Summer. I didn't really see this as a big deal as I had already been accepted into Summer Seminar at West Point and USAFA. However, attached to my email was a message saying that I was offered an invitation to attend CVW at USNA at the end of April.

    I was wondering if any of you had heard of this event before and would suggest going? Also, are there benefits for attending? Is it a good sign that I was extended an invitation?

    Thanks to anyone who can help!
     
  2. osdad

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    If you can afford it, go. Spending 2+ days with in Bancroft will give you a much better view of what your life will really be like than NASS.

    My 2/C went on a CVW and 15 minutes into the drive home she said: "I know I said I'd give it a few days before deciding, but I've decided. I'm going to Navy."
     
  3. BDHuff09

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    I am in a similar situation, I was offered a SLS spot at West Point but was not selected for NASS. I was also given an invitation to the Candidate Visit Weekend in late April, and I intend to go.

    I have heard that CVW is a great opportunity to get a sense of what life is actually like at the academy, as you are assigned a midshipman and can go with him/her to class and various other activities as well as stay with them in Bancroft. Supposedly it is a more accurate indicator of the typical "atmosphere" at the academy that the Summer Seminar, which I have heard from current cadets/midshipmen is not anything like plebe summer or the academic year at their respective academies.


    my question for others on this forum: Did everybody that was not selected for NASS get an invitation to CVW or was it only those who were deemed to have an especially competitive file?
     
  4. ESLGuy

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    Also, what age/grade does one have to be for CVW? I am a sophomore, and I applied for USNA's summer STEM program, but am I potentially eligible for CVW this year? Or only my junior year?
     
  5. sarahann

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    I think its kinda a pity invitation. I might attend though...
     
  6. BDHuff09

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    Matas, you are given an invitation based on your application. Those of us who applied to NASS have technically begun our applications to the Academy, and this was the basis on which USNA made the decision to send out invitations to CVW.

    To my knowledge the STEM camp is only a camp, and has nothing to do with the actual admissions process to the Academy, so my guess would be that you would probably not be given an invitation as a sophmore. If you apply for NASS next year (and in doing so begin your USNA application) you could possibly be elligible to go to a CVW.
     
  7. Cinnamonster

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    I highly encourage going to a CVW. I am currently a candidate for the class of 2017 and was able to attend a solicited CVW. It was an awesome experience and was a very clear indicator of what Naval Academy life is like. Also as far as benefits go. The plebe in which you follow around writes up a report about you that goes into your file for review when they begin awarding appointments. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Metas, only Juniors and Seniors are eligible to attend a CVW.
     
  8. ESLGuy

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    Also, when my friend at NAPS this year is a plebe at USNA next year, could I ask to follow/shadow him specifically? Haha, I doubt it, but it's worth asking you guys about.

    @Sarahann, NASS is a recruiting tool for geographic areas where USNA is not well known, so don't be disappointed if you aren't chosen. Everyone says it is fun, so I would go.


    Also, any other opportunities to visit USNA as a sophomore? I know about NASS and CVW for juniors/seniors, but.... No, I don't mean I-Day/etc things if you have a family member/relative going to USNA/appointed.
     
  9. Melitzank

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    Like someone said, CVW's are just for those with applications (and you are assigned a plebe, so it wouldn't work with your friend haha :thumb:)

    USNA has regular college visits like any other college that you could go to. http://www.usna.edu/visit.htm. There are also sports camps USNA has: http://www.navysports.com/camps/navy-camps.html. :thumb:
     
  10. ESLGuy

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    That's too bad, haha. Still better odds than the lottery, though.

    Also, the navy sports website doesn't let you do much on mobile, so I will look at it on desktop later. For the regular visitation, that's too short :p STEM this year and NASS and/or CVW next year. Maybe sports camp when I find out more about it.
     
  11. mhc123wc

    mhc123wc USNA 2015

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    Why do you think its a pity invitation?
     
  12. sarahann

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    I feel like they were saying "you're not good enough for NASS", but come visit anyway, type of deal. I'm going to go though. I'm already going to the Air Force Summer Seminar, so I'm looking forward to that.
     
  13. Norfolk63

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    CVW is not pity

    The CVW is a great honor. It is USNA's way of letting you know you are competitive for appointment. Do not squander this opportunity. In many ways it's better than NASS because the full brigade is on the Yard when you visit (unlike NASS). Same thing happened to my DS. He had the same initial thoughts, that CVW was a consolation prize. But we discovered that it was much more. It is very important to bring your parents as there are special sessions for them to speak firsthand to admissions, professors, and Midshipmen, gaining an inside view of USNA and the application process. Slots fill up quickly. Don't wait.
     
  14. Goworld

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    Can anyone address if candidates are evaluated during CVW? Admissions stated during week-end visit that they are in no way evaluated. Can anyone give valid proof of the contrary?
     
  15. suddensam

    suddensam USNA BGO

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    My DS went to NASS and an official recruiting visit (similar to CVW; went to classes, dragged with a plebe). I have him this advice -- any time you set foot on the Yard, assume that you are being evaluated. Dress and act appropriately.
     
  16. stella

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    Sarahann...I would not take it as the above. Our daughter did get into NASS here at the 11th hour, but based on her BGOs drillings and what has been posted here, knows that it is NOT any indication that she is at an advantage for an appointment. Sometimes it is about where you are from (State and CD district) or other factor not related to the basic information in your application. A senior at her school was rejected from NASS last summer and now has an appointment to USNA...same has happened with MANY.

    I don't think it is about always being 'good enough' for NASS...but about being the demographic they need to recruit from. If you are offered a CVW, then keep in mind (I would think) that you must be someone the ultimately decided is a possible valid candidate!
    S
     
  17. rocatlin

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    A quote from my son's admissions counselor

    "2/3 of all USNA graduates never went to summer seminar"

    As many posts across the board have stated, NASS is a recruiting tool and acceptance or rejection is no indicator of success of application.

    The admissions counselor also indicated that CVW is a better representation of the Academy experience. Missing NASS means you miss out on taking the CFA at the Academy and apparently a lot of cool shirts. DS still hopes to go to NASS, but is okay since the CVW invite is in play.
     
  18. AF6872

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    Love the "cool shirts" from NASS. CVW is the best indication of life at the Academy and as previously stated parents get formal briefings and some in depth information along with Q&A sessions. If I remember correctly you can request a plebe you know. If you get an invitation I would highly recommend attending. If you don't get an invitation ask your BGO to work one out. DD had LOA and didn't get NASS or CVW. We received a CVW invitation after requesting one through her BGO. Bring treats for your Plebe.:thumb: Evaluations during CVW has been debated for a long time. Some say no and some say yes.
     
  19. BelowRadar

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    Anyone know the dates of CVW's for the rest of the spring?
     
  20. AcdcanDad

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    My DS said that after the parents were cleared for the room thursday evening after the openning remarks that they were not going to be evaluated for CVW, HOWEVER, the Plebe that dragged my DS around said that they could write up the Drag if they wanted, but given the course workload that thay have very few get a write up. So, are they evaluated? IMHO YES!
     

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