What are my chances?

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  1. #1dbnugfan

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    I am hoping that someone can give me a realistic opinion on whether or not I can get into the Naval Academy. I will apply for the class of 2017. I have a 4.0 unweighted gpa (my school doesn't weight) at a fairly small school. I am ranked 1 out of 152 and feel really good about the ACT that I just took (feeling a 32 or 33). By the time I graduate, I will have completed AP classes that include U.S. History, Calculus AB, Language & Composition, Literature, American Government, and Biology (if my school offers it next year). I will have completed concurrent college enrollment classes that include First Responder, EMT Basic, and Chemistry. I live in a small town in Colorado, so I should have a little bit of an easier time receiving a nomination (I am also eligible for the Presidential nomination, but does anyone who's eligible receive it? I know that few get an appointment from it). I am on the soccer and basketball team and plan on playing Varsity on both next year as well as being a soccer captain. I completed a year-long leadership class as a sophomore and am on the Knowledge Bowl team. I am a Student Government representative and in National Honor Society. I will have about 150 hours of community service by the time I graduate. If it makes any difference, I am a low income Hispanic, and my brother is a Plebe at the Naval Academy. Assuming that I pass the CFA and medical exam, what are my chances of receiving a nomination and then getting offered an appointment?
     
  2. osdad

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    Since your brother is already at NA you know the score. If you're looking for validation from us - OK. You sound like a good candidate. Keep up the good work.

    I'm concerned that you don't list the scores you've already earned on the ACT/SAT? If you haven't taken them do so as soon as possible so there's tme to retake if necessary/desired. If you did take them but aren't happy with the scores, what are you doing to improve?
     
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    Sounds like your on the right track. I noted the leadership course but no leadership positions. Prez of student council? Team captain? Your AP curriculum sounds good but if you can squeeze in AP chemistry that would be even better. Don't get cocky about the nomination. Each MOC represents about the same number of people so being from a small town is no advantage. Also your economic condition has no bearing on appointment. How do you compare to your plebe brother? You'll need to do as well or better. Class size may decrease next year and the economy might be worse, so I would expect it to be even more competitive. Work your butt off. Hope you succeed. :thumb:
     
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    Thank you two for the replies. I took the ACT last week and am expecting my scores back in a week and a half or so, and I'll take the school administered ACT on Tuesday. I tried to best predict my score based on practice tests and how good I felt. My school doesn't offer AP Chemistry, but I will take/have taken all of the AP classes that it does offer (minus the art ones). By the Colorado thing, I just meant that most people here probably want to attend the Air Force Academy, and since my number one option is Navy, I MIGHT have a little better chance of getting a nomination, as opposed to a candidate from many other states, especially Maryland. I am in no way cocky about anything; I know that all candidates are strong and that I have my work cut out for me.

    Also, I've been trying to find information about Presidential nominations. I know that I qualify because my dad has been on active duty in the Navy for 20 years. Since I qualify, will I automatically receive the nomination? And if I do get that nomination and only that nomination (which I'm not banking on. I will apply for all of them), what are my chances, statistically, of then receiving an appointment?
     
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    How many applicants usually get the Presidential nomination?
     
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    Got you on the AFA vs USNA thing. Sounds like you have the right attitude.

    You have to apply for a presidential nomination. You automatically qualify for the nomination, but so do hundreds if not thousands of other kids. Only up to 100 appointments will be made from this nomination source. Of course appointees must be fully qualified. I would guess your chances of appointment from this source are less than 10%.

    A MOC can nominate up to 10 people. Only 1 can be appointed. The MOC can select 1 of the 10 as the principal nominee, in which case that person gets the appointment provided they are qualified. Alternatively, they can nominate 10 and let the Academy oick one, presumably the best among those qualified. So from numbers perspective your chances on such a competitive slate is 10%.

    The more nominations you have the more of these pools or slates you compete in. So more nominations improve your chances.

    Of course, if your not a competitive candidate none of these numbers matter as your chances become 0. So make yourself as competitive a candidate as you can. It sounds like you are on your way to doing so. Good Luck! :thumb:
     

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