West Point Visit as a Sophomore ?

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  1. EMMAB

    EMMAB Member

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    So I know there is the SLE to look forward to as a Junior,but is it possible for me to be eligible for an overnight stay as a Sophomore?I really want to visit WP but I don't know if I would be considered too young.Will I be allowed to visit the campus at all?Some help would be appreciated.Thanks.
     
  2. 845something

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    You can only do a day visit. Overnight visits are for LOE, LOA, and accepted candidates.
     
  3. goforspaatz

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    As 845 has mentioned you're just a lil too young for an over nighter. I do admire your goals at such a young age and you have a great start. Plan a visit over summer and take a tour. This will fuel your fire. What you can do now is look at USMA.edu admissions. There is a guide and time line to select the correct classes to better your chances. Start preparing for the ACT/SAT test. The standardize test will be one of your biggest factors as improving your WCS. So work on the three pillars of Academics, Athletics and Leadership. Get involved in Scouts and get your Eagle Scout Award, this is recognized by WP as great leadership. Get involved in team sports, especially those that have D-1 potential. Work hard on your GPA to improve your class ranking. If you have AP classes available at your school discuss this with your teachers but preserve that GPA. You'll need math all four years of high school. Math, chem and physics are really really difficult at WP and wash out kids. There is a lot to work on!!

    Ask all the questions you can think of here on SAF. We will be here to answer them.

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  5. EMMAB

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    Alright *sigh* I guess I'll just have to wait until next year :) I'll definitely still plan a visit though this summer.Thanks guys.
     
  6. brovol

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    I would definitely visit west point now, and get a feel for the place if you can do it without too much logistical difficulty. My son is doing an overnight as I am typing this. You can't do that, but you can do a day tour. We have been here three times now, and each time we have learned more, speaking to different people. Furthermore, folks at west point will tell you they love seeing that a cadet is passionate about the Academy, and they understand you wanting to see as much as possible.

    Frankly, this is, in my judgement, one of the most beautiful places in the world. And it's free to visit, with some restrictions. So come as frequently as you can.
     
  7. EMMAB

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    Ok thanks.Im from Ohio so the journey shouldn't be too bad but it's a significant one.
     
  8. ClimberGirl

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    @EMMAB I am also from Ohio, so I understand the distance you are facing. If you get the opportunity to take an overnight visit your senior year, DO IT. My overnight was absolutely amazing (I went in October after receiving my LOA in September and everything was gorgeous outside as well). One thing that you could start doing now is reaching out to Senator Brown, Senator Portman, and whoever your Congressman is about their nominations. I went to several SA/ROTC/military meetings throughout the state my junior year. Stay focused on your goals, but remember that the end goal is not to get appointed to West Point, it is to become the best Army officer possibly. Best of luck to you!
     
  9. Fishpart

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    For a little glimpse of the inside, you can attend Mock R-Day which is the Friday before new cadets report for real. It gives the Cadets and Staff actually doing R-Day an opportunity to practice. You can do Mock R-Day now, but you are not allowed to attend if you are accepted. This could be a good opportunity to make a weekend of it and tour the campus.

    My boys both did Mock R-Day a couple of times and really enjoyed the experience.
     
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  11. billyb

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    Pick a summer sports camp and go to it there. I think you will be able to live in the barracks and get a better feel than just a tour.
     

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