Whole Candidate Score or One Special Talent

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  1. shortmom

    shortmom Member

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    It has occurred to me, after months of reading the forum, and knowing of the appointments issued in our area, that having one special skill, usually a single sport, or in one case a musical gift, trumps the "whole candidate score." Does anyone know how each item of the whole candidate score is weighted?

    Which area carries the most weight? For example it appears being a standout athlete in a single sport is looked upon more favorably than being a 3 varsity sport captain.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. harmi

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    You know Shortmom, would love to know...and where does a 4.0 GPA athlete fit in? With TONS of leadership activity, team captains, academic and athletic lettered...His/Her point score if they are not the "recruited" athlete?

    While it is important to be athletic, it is even MORE important to excell in the classroom and learn the skills neccessary to "LEAD" our country...Good Question Shortmom....interested in hearing the responses...
     
  3. FeartheGoat

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    Sorry but I don't think you are gonna hear a sure answer response. No one knows exactly what goes on when they are evaluating candidates. And on top of that it is going to be different for every candidate. I'm sure there are people that get in that focused on one sport or one talent, but there are also going to be just as many that get in that spread out their ECA's. The "whole candidate score" is just their evaluation of how well the student would do academically and physically at the academy, and the sports and other ECA's are part of this calculation, so I don't see how it could out weigh it...
     
  4. mstephens

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    Whole person score

    Does age factor into the whole person score? My son is very young, just turned 17 and I wonder if the Naval academy prefers older students. His scores, leadership, sports, and ECA are all great. Just wondering if being 17 might cause him to be passed over for some older guys.

    Right now we are still waiting to get either a TWE or a BFE.
     
  5. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    First, I don't think that age alone would be an issue. There could be a maturity issue -- that would be reflected in recs, mostly from teachers.

    As for one quality vs. many -- that's really not an easy question. One great quality will not overcome deficiencies across the board. So, for example, fluency in Arabic might be a desirable quality. However, if your grades aren't very good, you don't participate in sports, and you haven't shown much leadership, your language ability probably won't help all that much. That said, when evaluating a lot of very strong candidates, having one really great attribute could well tip the balance.

    In terms of the whole person multiple, the most important thing is your h.s. classes and your class rank. Taking the hard math, science, English, history, and language classes and standing out among your peers is the most important thing you can do. I really wouldn't fret about one sport vs. three.

    Finally, please recognize that no one other than the folks at USNA who reviewed your record can make any meaningful judgments about why you or someone else did or didn't get in. And this includes your BGO, who can make an educated guess but doesn't see 98% of your packet let alone the packets of the thousands of other candidates. There are so many factors that go into a decision that go well beyond numbers and lists of activities -- for example, your teacher recs.

    What I'm saying is not to rush to judgment. If you get a TWE, I strongly suggest that, come June (because CGO is less busy in June), you call CGO and speak to your Regional Director. Ask him/her what kept you out and what you can do to improve your chances, if you still have the desire to attend. Whatever the reason, I'm pretty sure it won't be that you played one sport instead of three or weren't the team captain.
     
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  6. MomoftheMagik

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    mstephens, will your son be 18 this year? My son was 17 when he received his offer, as I'm sure many are since it is early in the year.
     

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