2015 chances?

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by JennaG, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. JennaG

    JennaG 5-Year Member

    Sep 27, 2010
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    4.1 GPA
    27-ACT English

    several AP/Honors classes
    started my own club at school
    selected for a special student leadership program
    advisor for two school clubs
    involved in student council
    selected for honors pre-med program
    largely involved in clean ocean action
    total of 6 varsity letters in high school
    team captain of track team
    scored a B on the PFE
    applying for EA phase 1

    any advice/suggestions for improving my chances? Im going to retake my ACTs, as well.
  2. shellz

    shellz 5-Year Member

    Mar 27, 2008
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    Keep plugging along with all of your EC's! Looks like you are busy, and managing to keep a good GPA alongside all that you do is impressive.

    For the class of 2014, the median ACT for math was 28, so retaking it to get your score more in line with last year's class is a great idea. Your reading looks great, with the median for 2014 being 27....however I do think that the math score holds greater weight. Have you thought of trying the SAT? It can't hurt and you never know, you may test really well on it.

    Since you are a varsity athlete, have you contacted the appropriate coach at CGA? I hear that while their pull is limited, it never hurts to have a coach make a note in your file.

    Best of luck! Enjoy your senior year.
  3. YankeesFan

    YankeesFan 5-Year Member

    Dec 17, 2009
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    It's really impossible to tell what your chances are of getting into the Academy given how holistic their review truly is and the changing needs of the CG.

    I applied last year for the Class of 2014 and had very similar statistics/activities (other than CGPA) as you:

    11 season athlete, 7 seasons varsity, team captain of XC running
    3.80 CGPA, 4.55 WGPA
    31 ACT Composite, Math: 34 (don't remember the others)
    274 PFE
    EA Phase 1
    7 College-level/AP Courses
    President of Venture Crew
    Webmaster of 3 Websites
    Project Oceanology Scholarship Program
    Attended AIM 2009
    Strong Interview w/ Admissions Partner (was contacted)

    Given those few statistics, I was denied to the Class of 2014 in both admission rounds. These stats could have nothing or everything to do with your chances of getting in. I merely wanted to give you an idea of how a strong application can get denied given the holistic process that is involved.

    That said, I think that you have an extremely strong chance with your CGPA that high as long as your high school profile doesn't reveal grade inflation (my school tended to have lower GPAs from high AP enrollment). I recommend that you take the ACTs again (if you are a knowledge-based tester, otherwise try the SAT) and work on your essays every other night. Those essays reveal a whole lot more about the leadership character that the CGA wants than arbitrary numbers, and ultimately the leader is what they will choose.

    Best of luck to you; hopefully we'll meet in the Class of 2015,

  4. navy2016

    navy2016 5-Year Member

    Dec 30, 2009
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    Wow those stats by Yankeesfan ARE impressive, hope you get in for 2015

    As for the main thread, here are some tips to help with improving your scores on the ACT. I am a future applicant myself but managed to improve my score WITHOUT prep classes/tutor:

    I use test prep books.
    Get the official one from the makers of the ACT. These will give you the most accurate practice test scores.

    Get a Princeton Review ACT book. I personally this book helped me more than those of other companies. It covers just what you need to know. I find Barons covers more information than what is really on the test.

    Take at least 3 practice tests before taking the real thing.
    My ACT scores:
    first time= eng 28, math 31, reading 27, science 26
    second time= eng 30, math 33, reading 22 (yes I am very disappointed), science 33
  5. cga82

    cga82 Banned

    Jan 26, 2007
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    Take the ACTs as many times as possible. They will take the highest split score that you made. Your stats look good-take advantage to always try to increase your ACTs.:thumb:
  6. JennaG

    JennaG 5-Year Member

    Sep 27, 2010
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    Thanks guys for all your advice! I really appreciate it! Good luck to those who are applying to 2015 as well; hope to see you there!

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