What are my chances of making it into West Point?

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  1. tbird13

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    I am a freshman in high school. Caucasian male from Jersey.

    Unweighted GPA-91
    Weighted GPA- 93

    I am not in any honors classes but will be in two or three next year.

    I earned a varsity letter in ice hockey this year as a freshman and plan to earn one in hockey in all 4 years. As a freshman, I earned an award for achieving all A's while playing a varsity sport.

    I am on the honor roll for my school for every marking period.

    I participate in a Model United Nations club and an anti-genocide club. In the anti-genocide club I am a research analyst which is an officer/elected position.

    I plan to take AP courses as a junior and senior and as many honors classes as I can.

    I also plan on applying to attend the west point Summer Leaders Seminar in the summer of my junior year.
     
  2. BAJohnson

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    Nobody can tell you for sure. You have good stats and are pretty well rounded IMO. Since you're a freshman you will add more things like NHS, maybe boys state, maybe some more sports/clubs so by Senior Year you will good. Sign up for the SAT question of the day... it will help you by the time you take it. Do you know if your area is competitive for nominations? That is something to consider too.

    You have a great resume but there were so many qualified kids this year applying to all the service academies who got turned down simply because there aren't enough spots. If you earned a varsity letter though in Hockey call the coach. He can definitely help assuming you are decent. Good luck.
     
  3. tbird13

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    I'm from Jersey but I don't know how competitive the nomination process is.

    And do you mean ask my coach for help as in a recommendation letter?

    And should I do more than one sport? If i letter in hockey all four years is it necessary to do another sport to get accepted?

    And also what exactly do you mean by boys state?
     
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  4. BAJohnson

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    No, I mean contact the West Point hockey coach if you feel you are good enough. West point didn't ask for letters of recommendation but maybe asking him to write one for your nomination is a good idea.

    Boy's state is a program where you go to a college for a week with other kids from your state and do stuff... I didn't go so I don't know exactly but it looks very good on any college application. I have heard it is equivalent to being an eagle scout. You apply your junior year, I suppose it is like the SLS.

    Doing more than one sport is never a bad thing but once again nobody can tell you for sure. If you play hockey year round and are great than stick with hockey. If you just do it for fun taking up another sport will probably be a good idea.

    I have no idea about the nominations for Jersey either.
     
  5. tbird13

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    OK thanks. Do you know where exactly boys state is and how hard it is to get in?

    Also for west point will I be denied if i didn't take honors classes my freshman year or if I only take a few per year?
     
  6. Dixieland

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    http://www.boysandgirlsstate.org/

    I think most schools nominate one or two candidates to attend Boys State (maybe it depends on your school's size....I can't remember). Talk to your guidance counselor. You attend the summer after your junior year. Both of my sons went and found it to be a great learning experience.

    My son's WP admission officer said to take the hardest classes that your school had to offer that you could make an A or a B in. DS took all honors classes as a ninth grader, except PE and an elective or two.
     
  7. BAJohnson

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    It is different for every state. You only go with kids from your state.

    I don't know if it will hurt you. That is something only admissions can answer.

    Edit: Like Dixieland said, from here on out definitely try to take challenging classes. Don't overload though because it could end up backfiring.
     
  8. tbird13

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    OK thanks guys. Wish me luck. I'm trying my hardest!
     

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