Would I Make a good Candidate for the USAFA?

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  1. Pinto

    Pinto New Member

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    My current senior year schedule is
    1. AP Physics
    2. AP Latin
    3. Dual enrollment Humanities
    4. AP Government/ AP Macroeconomics
    5. AP English Lit
    6. Aerospace Science IV (AFJROTC)
    7. AP Calculus BC

    i have a 28 composite on ACT
    1850 on SAT
    3.6 unweighted GPA
    4.4 weighted GPA

    I'm also the vice-president for national honor society, parliamentarian for science honor society, commander of honor guard, and member of beta club
    I'm also currently doing cross country

    I've heard that an appointment to the Academy is really competitive and very difficult to obtain which is why I was wondering.
     
  2. futureAFA

    futureAFA Member

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    Being a good candidate goes much deeper than academics. You need to make sure you have a good amount of leadership qualities. For example, student council, team captain, coaching kids in a sport you love, teaching a class, CAP, or anything that you lead somebody. Make sure you are in good shape, if you aren’t the earlier you start getting in shape the better.

    You are obviously taking a lot of AP’s, and have pretty good test scores. Your GPA is great. So good job! :thumb:

    Also one thing I’ve learned from this site is that there are way to many factors that you cant put on this site to say if you are a good candidate or not. ALO interviews for example.

    Hope I helped!
    Good luck!:thumb:
     
  3. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    So many factors weigh in as far as nominations and appointments go. Pinto, search this site and see what others have recommended. An appointment to any service academy is far different than an acceptance to Flagship U.
     
  4. Pima

    Pima Parent

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    Fencer is correct.

    One thing that makes it so different is the nom process.

    For example, your stats(ACT) from your geographic area may be strong enough for the Congressman, but not the state. Look at VA, No VA is extremely competitive, but go out to Blacksburg, and the stats could be much different.
    Thus, you could get 1 out of the 3 available.

    Additionally, once you get on the slate, you then compete with the other 9 on the slate. The highest WCS wins the apptmt...caveat slates with principal noms.

    All of that being said, remember the PAR is 60% of your WCS, and I would highly recommend you re-take both your SAT and your ACT. From past historical data, the avg cadet's SAT is over the 1300 out of 1600 (@680 M and 650 CR). If I recall correctly the ACT is @30-31. Unless you really busted the WR aspect you would be shy of the avg. You want to try to be as close to the median as you can get and hopefully pass the median.
     

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