VMI GPA calculation, curriculum, chances

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  1. solon

    solon Member

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    I am a Jr at a college prep Christian HS and taking classes at Cedarville Univ. My HS GPA is 3.55 and I've got a 4.0 for the 12 credit hours I've taken at the university. My HS doesn't do dual enrollment so they are two separate GPA's. Because everyone at my school is smart (I mean, really smart) I'm only in the top 30% of my class. I am in the top 8 percent on the PSAT and 7th percent on the ACT-got a 31. My scores are high only because I aced the reading and writing section with perfect scores and bombed the math. I applied to the SLS West Point camp today but I know my math scores don't pass. I'm working to do better on the SAT in January and will retake the ACT in March. I'm not sure I could handle the engineering classes at West Point, maybe VMI is a better fit for me? I am athletic and can pass the West Point CFA. I haven't lettered in HS sports. I was disqualified my 9th-10th grades from sports while they ruled out Marfan Syndrome with a genetic test. Scoliosis is within normal range. I will run Varsity track this spring, Varsity cross country in the fall. I did student council 9th-10th grade, I'm in a select school leadership class this year, got nominated to Boy's State, played violin for ten years and sing in choir.

    Questions:

    1. How will VMI calculate my GPA to include these college classes?
    2. How many math or engineering classes are required at VMI?
    3. How will the low athletic participation affect my qualification?
     
  2. bjkuds

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    VMI cirriculum

    This may help with 1 part of your question
    If you ck out VMI web site it gives you the course load for every semester to complete the degree..just remember to add the rotc class..as far as calculating you gpa,,,no clue

    * EE 101 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
    * EE 222 Electrical Circuit Analysis IEE 223 Electrical Circuit Analysis II
    * EE 229 Introduction to Digital Circuits
    * EE 328 Digital Systems and Computer Design
    * EE 330 Signal and System Analysis
    * EE 339 Microcontrollers
    * EE 413 Microelectronics
    * EE 426 Semiconductor Devices
    * EE 431 Digital Signal Processing
    * EE 470 Seminar
    as far as math and the other courses ck this out

    http://www.vmi.edu/show.aspx?tid=37105&id=1390&ekmensel=8f9c37c3_108_112_1390_1


    if you go to the above web page on the VMI site it gives the entire course list...just click on synopsis at the top of the page
     
  3. solon

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    Thanks! I looked at the required 24 credits of math/science/engineering courses at West Point and got intimidated. I think I could handle it. I talked to my counselor today and will "catch" up with trig over the summer and take Calc next year.

    My parents looked at the VMI site tonight. Looks like non math majors only have to take 2 math courses. I can see where some of my college classes would transfer in to VMI. West Point doesn't take any transfer credits.

    Thanks for your help. I think I'll juggle both balls *VMI and WP* in the air for awhile.
     
  4. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    the link below will give you the curricula for every major at VMI- just click on the link "The Curricula" and down load the PDF - this is basically an extract of the catalog and it will give you the course load for all of the majors. For non- Math &Non-Engineering majors - the requirement is 2 semesters of Math (I think that the Engineers have 4 semesters required)
    http://www.vmi.edu/Academics.aspx?id=148
     
  5. solon

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    Thanks Bruno. It's good to know this ahead of time. It could make a big difference in my thinking about the two colleges. I like science and math, but I'm not an engineer type (live in the Detroit area and surrounded by engineer types).

    Two questions:

    Am I right to believe that my GPA (3.55) and ACT (top 7th %) plus college classes might qualify me for VMI?

    I've done a lot in student leadership but not much in athletics, cross country only and some riflery and fencing. I'll letter next year in cross country. I work out with a trainer several times a week so I'm fit. Would the minimal varsity athletics affect my application to VMI?
     
  6. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Solon- I would think that with those Grades and ACTs you will look very competitive for VMI.
    Don't worry that you are not the captain of multiple teams- on that score what they are looking for is someone who is in good physical condition and who is not one dimensional. You are involved in school activities & will have a cross country letter- From what I can see You look fine.
     

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