Waitlisted?

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  1. lone survivor

    lone survivor New Member

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    I recently heard from the USAFA admissions office and they told me I was waitlisted for the SS. Does this mean I have a slim chance of getting in or will many spots open up? Could the reason that I was waitlisted was that I just applied too late (Feb. 3rd)? I have a strong academic profile so far. 700math SAT, 600verbal, 32math ACT and 29 Verbal. Ranked number 8 in class of 330.
     
  2. KO5791

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    Sorry to hear that you are waitlisted, lone survivor. But you make an interesting point. Is there an advantage to applying and having your application complete in August as opposed to January/February? Does the board take that into consideration? Also, what about the candidate who took the CFA last summer and may not have done as well as a candidate who waited until the last possible time to submit the scores? Maybe some of our "veterans" can comment.
     
  3. USAFAHopefulMom

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    First off, I think the previous 2 posts are talking about 2 different things. The original post was talking about summer seminar. To lone survivor, I would say that you applied in plenty of time as others who have applied later but still before deadline have been accepted and others who have applied earlier than you are either still waiting to hear at all or wait listed or didn't get in. Its hard to say how the academy has chosen the seminar class--I don't think timing was the issue. Your academics look good--what about leadership, athletics, extracurricular activities, etc.? The academy looks at the whole candidate for seminar just like they do for admittance. A couple people that attended last year mentioned on this forum that they originally were wait listed and ended up getting in. So hang in there!

    To KO5791, it sounds like you are talking about regular admission (summer seminar application doesn't open until December I believe and doesn't include a CFA). A benefit to early application for admission (by August/Sept. or so) is that IF the academy deems your file to be very strong, you MIGHT get an LOA (letter of assurance) late in the fall that almost guarantees an appt. IF you get a nomination. (Lots of qualifiers there!) That won't happen if your file isn't complete until Jan/Feb--they're past the point of handing out LOA's by then. But if your CFA practice scores are weak, then I think it definitely is better to work on improving them significantly before submitting them. A weak CFA won't get you an LOA, waiting until later in the application period to submit it won't get you turned down.
     
  4. KO5791

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    Sorry, I read the post from lone survivor quickly and didn't realize it was about the summer seminar.:redface:

    I understand the benefit of applying early for a chance to get a LOA, but I was wondering if the board looks at files differently ie early vs later, complete within 45 days vs months to submit all of the documents, not having anything to do with receiving an LOA.
     
  5. gumbyrox89

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    I have been waitlisted as well. :p A friend from my school, who is currently a senior, was waitlisted last year and received a slot. I still have hope:) and you should too! I don't know what the chances are, but there definitely is one. I do not think it was because you applied late, because i applied in December. You have higher SAT scores than me, but I'm ranked 1 out of over 500. I don't really know how they choose who gets the slots or not, but I say good luck to the both of us!
     

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