What does a qualification letter mean?

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  1. usmamom2016

    usmamom2016 Member

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    My daughter just received a qualification letter from West Point admissions that says they have reviewed her file, that she is fully qualified, but still needs a nomination. Does this mean if she receives that nomination, she will get in at West Point? Thanks for any feedback and clarification.
     
  2. buff81

    buff81 Moderator

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    Maybe yes - maybe no.

    Being fully qualified with a nom means that she has met the requirements for an appointment but does not necessarily mean that she will receive one. There are more fully qualified candidates with a nom than there are slots in the class. For example, in the 2015 class about 1000 were fully qualified but not offered an appointment.

    Assuming that she is not qualified for a Service Connected nom (Presidential, ROTC etc) -
    IF she is #1 on any of her MOC's slate that she applied for, then yes, she will receive an appointment.

    If she is #2-#10, then she will go on the NWL and will be ranked on that list based on her WCS.
    WP will offer appointments off the NWL to fill the class.

    That's the Readers Digest answer to your question. If you want more details - just ask. :thumb:
     
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  3. usmamom2016

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    Thanks for your help! Can you help me understand what the WCS is?
     
  4. usmamom2016

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    I found this from one of your other responses from last year.

    WCS - Whole Candidate Score:
    - scoring system that WP uses to rank order candidates by overall merit
    - 60% academic - ACT/SAT scores, transcript, class rank
    - 30% leadership - extracurricular activities, athletic participation, teacher appraisals
    - 10% physical - CFA test

    NWL - National Waiting List:
    - Title X of the US Code mandates that WP must admit 150 candidates from the NWL by WCS
    - fully qualified (which includes being medically qualified) non-vacancy winners of MOC nominations will go on the NWL
    - IOW - if you are on the NWL, then you are fully qualified (scholastically, physically{CFA} and medically{DoDMERB}) AND have a MOC nomination
    - about 450 slots of the class will come from the NWL
    - the NWL helps WP achieve their class composition goals thereby making sure the class has a balance of athletes, minorities, leaders, scholars, etc.
    - continue to update your file (even if you have a LOA). The more points you can add to you WCS, the higher you move up on the NWL. Update your file anytime you receive an award, honor, named Captain of a team, lettered in a sport, improved ACT/SAT scores, leadership activities etc.
     
  5. buff81

    buff81 Moderator

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    Did that answer all your questions about the WCS then?
     
  6. usmamom2016

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    It did, thanks. Here's another question.....is the WCS list the same for males and females?
     
  7. Hooah1775

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    Re: Qualification Letter from USMA
    Is this letter initiated by RC or by COL McDonald? IOW- will all Qualified candidates receive the Letter?
     
  8. aheadau2

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    Fully Qualified Letter

    My daughter also received a fully qualified letter from USMA this week. Do you think the fact that her file was reviewed in the first session is a positive sign of good things to come?
     
  9. TheDukeOfEarl

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    Is the Qualification Letter the same thing as an LOA? I.e., does an LOA contain the words "Letter of Assurance" in it? Just trying to parse out the differnce here, if any. Thanks.
     
  10. MemberLG

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    No.

    LOA is conditional as to if you are determined to be fully qualified and have a nomination, you will get an appointment

    LOA can be issued before an application file is complete. I have seen a case of LOA with remedial medical situation.

    The Qualification Letter means you are qualified but you have not been matched with a vacancy for an appointment.
     
  11. MomofFutureLeader

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    DS recieved a single letter in a business envelopeback in mid September. The first paragraph reads: "Congratulations! The Admissions Committee has recommended you for an appointment to the United States Military Academy (USMA). Accordingly, I have reserved a cadetship for you contingent upon receipt of a nomination and continued excellent work in school. When these matters are resolved, you will be appointed a member of the USMA Class of 2016."

    Nowhere in the letter does it use the words "Letter of Assurance"; however, we take it that this is indeed what the letter is. It goes on to encourage DS to visit the Military Academy and gives him the name of his primary contact at West Point.
     
  12. R27mom

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    DS received the same letter. However in the third paragraph, where it talks about the overnight visits it does say ". . . overnight candidate orientation visits for candidates who have received this letter of assurance". So the words "letter of assurance" are in the letter DS received. :)
     
  13. MomofFutureLeader

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    That is interesting and also a little concerning hearing everyone talk about LOA and to have our letter not use those words while others do. It makes me wonder if there is any possible way that we could be misinterpreting the letter, except it does state that once he receives a nomination , as long as he has continued excellent work in shool, "you will be appointed a member of the USMA Class of 2016." The letter is from Deborah J. McDonald, Colonel, U.S. Army, Director of Admissions.
     
  14. R27mom

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    I would not be concerned at all. From everything you have posted it is the exact same letter. Just reread the third paragraph.
     
  15. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    I just got the same letter today. It is from the Minority Admissions Office. It says I am qualified but I should still keep updating my file.

    So I suppose this letter of qualification is basically saying that I AM qualified but that does not mean I'm getting in.
     
  16. MomofFutureLeader

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    Nope, it absolutely does not state letter of assurance anywhere. The 2nd paragraph encourages a visit. The thrid is simply the information for our contact person. The final paragraph says that "this letter is sent only to outstanding candidates deserving an offer of admission, your accomplishments to date should be a source of special satisfaction to you and your family. Best of luck in becoming a West Point cadet." I wish that it used the words "Letter of Assurance" but the opening paragraph could not possibly be more clear. Now we just need to keep our fingers crossed that the nomination comes.
     
  17. TheDukeOfEarl

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    Thank you all for posting your responses so quickly. This forum is the best!

    @MomofFutureLeader: it seems you have little to worry about given the verbiage you shared with us.
    To ALL of you: Best of luck to you and your DS/DD in the coming weeks!
     
  18. Blackbird

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    If you all have any doubts, have your DS call and ask.
     
  19. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    I asked our Regional Commander today for clarification on what these Qualified letters meant, since I hadn't seen them at this point in the process in previous years. This is his reply:

    Hope this helps some! :thumb:
     
  20. buff81

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    The WCS is a numerical score given to each candidate based on the components in their file.
    The NWL is a list - one list - where candidates, who did not fill a nom vacancy, are placed and ranked top to bottom based on their WCS. Appointments are then awarded off that list to fill the class.

    The RC will send the Qualification letter.

    It's my understanding that once a candidate's file was qualified, then they would receive a letter telling them so. But last year, some got them - some did not.

    There is a process to be deemed 'Qualified'.
    Once a candidate's file is complete, their RC will review the file. If everything looks good, then it is forwarded on to a Admissions Committee member. Once they review it and everything in the file looks good to them, then they forward it on to another RC who does this review process.
    Once a file has been through this 3 check process and it all looks good, then that is when the candidate gets a 'you are Qualified' letter.

    Your DD's file was reviewed as this point in time because her file was complete and ready for review. Now she needs a nom and medical qualification ( if not already).

    LOAs can also be given for those who are medically DQ'd.
     

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