USNA Re-application

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  1. USNA20'

    USNA20' New Member

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    I recently received a rejection email for the USNA class of 2020. Therefore, I quickly started my plan to reapply for the USNA class of 2021. I have a variety of questions on how I can improve my application for reapplying this coming year. I am currently a senior and have a GPA of 4.36 as a International Baccalaureate (IB) full diploma candidate. I am the President of my Beta Club, Vice President of my National Honors society, Co-captain of my Varsity wrestling team and I am involved in a variety of church and leadership groups in my community. I also volunteer through my church, homeless shelters, and service projects at my school. I also attended Boys State and was selected by my faculty to be awarded the junior class Leadership Award along with the junior class Outstanding Social Studies Student Award.

    Unfortunately, my test scores were not where I would have liked. SAT scores - 620 in math, and 540 in reading. I have taken the test numerous times attempting to raise my scores along with private tutoring but those were my best scores as of now.

    With all of this being said, my plan is to take summer courses in college to prepare myself as a competitive candidate for the class of 2021. I plan to take college algebra, Pre-calc and an English course in the summer to show the USNA that I can be successful in a college atmosphere. The college algebra should also help me when I retest on the SAT. My plan is to continue with the recommended courses in the fall being Calc-1, Chemistry, history and English.

    From the persepective of a current/former midshipman or BGO, is this what I will need to do to gain an appointment next year? If not, what are the recommendations/steps I need to take to become more competitive.

    Thank you for any response!
     
  2. murfthesurf

    murfthesurf DS - USNA 2020

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    Increasing THIS - "SAT scores - 620 in math, and (especially) 540 in reading" would be a HUGE gain for your new Application.
     
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    ktnatalk Sailor. Shipmate. Parent.

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    As the standard scores, class rank and GPA while in HS (with your school profile to put things in prospective), are arguably the most important factors.

    You must work hard to raise those test scores even as a college reapplicant.
     
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    This is often said, but is there a definitive statement from an SA confirming it? Since the primary value of test scores is to predict college performance, at what point do college grades define the re-applicant rather than test scores? Would be curious how much weight SAs put on test scores for reapplicants versus high school applicants.
     
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    ktnatalk Sailor. Shipmate. Parent.

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    The vigor of the courses/curriculum, the standard scores, and other pieces like leadership, service, and sports to round out the whole person concept/score.
     
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    ktnatalk Sailor. Shipmate. Parent.

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    OP, I just read your first post from 29 Feb referencing admissions told you to wait because you are qualified for NAPS.

    Nothing to lose to call admissions again. Refer to that phone call, and the subsequently received rejection email, and ask for guidance. I would do it right away.

    For the fact that they told you you are qualified for NAPS, that mean most likely your academics are not strong enough. It is your SAT scores, and probably the classes you were taking in school, plus your school profile that admissions want to but unable to offer an appointment.

    Call and speak with your AC and ask for specific guidance based on your file. Write down everything he/she will be saying to you.

    Sounds like you haven't given up. Best of luck!!

    Edit: if you remember the name of the gentleman you spoke with, make sure you ask for him!
     
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    murfthesurf DS - USNA 2020

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    :director: I would do exactly what ktnatalk (wrote you above), ASAP !
     
  8. time2

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    So were you also rejected for NAPS? Your other thread says you were being considered for NAPS. If you have a very high GPA and mediocre SAT/ACT scores that could indicate a h.s. that isn't as rigorous as some others. Best if you post your question in one thread to avoid confusion on the advice people are offering.
     
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    You may be in the undesirable position of being too high for NAPS yet a bit too low for USNA. I like your plan and I applaud your tenacity. I would keep plugging away at that SAT. From what you stated that is your weakest area however, your scores there are within striking distance. My oldest son took it 4 times and on the 4th time he jumped 100 points total. It took his score from good to great. I think you will have a very viable shot at next year if you inch that SAT up and do well in those college classes. Also you have a year to get in monster shape so you can knock the CFA out of the park. I am rootin for ya!
     
  10. socalfan

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    Have you taken the ACT? Some students do better on one test type vs the other. I would suggest signing up for the June ACT test and see how those scores correlate to your SAT scores. Both my sons faired far better on the ACT.
     
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    I would second socalfan's recommendation. My DS's score on his FIRST ACT was equivalent to his THIRD score on the SAT. And, more importantly, he LIKED the ACT's style better. Probably would have taken just the ACT had he know that going into it.
     
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