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  1. gbo3

    gbo3 Member

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    Can anyone speak to "waiting listing"? What happens now, how many slots might there be to fill? What are the chances of a wait listed candidate making the final cut?
     
  2. chn3141

    chn3141 New Member

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    I'm in the same boat my friend. What can we do now? I don't know but lets end this year with a bang nonetheless.
     
  3. tuazeee

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    My regional director told me that all statistics for wait listed candidates is classified information and cannot be disclosed. The only thing I know is that the chances are very...very...low
    The only thing to do now is sit...and wait...for a miracle.
     
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  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    USNA has informed BGOs that 1450 offers of appointment are being made for 1230 slots. These offers will go out by April 15. There were over 15,000 applications. Candidates have until May 1 to accept or decline their appointments.

    There is a wait list. Whether anyone on the wait list will be accepted depends on whether USNA gets 1230 acceptances from the 1450 offers. There is no word on how many people are on the wait list. There is no ranking within the wait list. If fewer than 1230 candidates accept their offers, USNA will review the wait list and pick the most qualified candidates. Those on the wait list should submit new grades, honors, awards, etc. While new letters of recommendation are accepted, they are discouraged as USNA believes they generally repeat information already in the candidate's packet.

    USNA STRONGLY advises those on the wait list to make alternative plans.

    CGO has indicated that the above information, which is all that was provided to us, may be shared publicly.

    Thus, you're unlikely to hear anything until sometime in May. There may be zero folks taken off the waitlist or quite a few -- USNA doesn't yet know. Unfortunately, there's not much you can do at this point other than wait and, if you have any new accomplishments, notify CGO.
     
  5. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I'll add one other thing. At USNA, the waitlist does mean something. There have been articles in recent years about civilian schools who use the waitlist as a place to stash legacies and others to make them feel better about being rejected. IOW, according to the press articles, almost no one is ever taken off the wait list. Or, the number that are become a miniscule percentage of those on the list.

    At USNA, the list is used to fill a class that doesn't fill on its own, so to speak. The waitlist is relatively recent (last 2-3 years, if memory serves). Anecdotally, in the first year, quite a few students on the waitlist received appointments. Not sure about subsequent year(s) -- I've never seen official statistics.

    One final thing -- if you are on the waitlist and don't receive an appointment this year, and USNA is still your dream, consider reapplying next year. Being on the waitlist means you are/were really close and a strong semester+ at a civilian school, while maintaining sports and leadership, could tip the balance.

    As I've said before on this forum, one of my students had 3 yrs in civilian college before attending USNA and has done extremely well there. More than 1/3 of the class has some post-h.s. education and it is valued, not frowned upon.
     

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