Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Rufus, Aug 22, 2013.
What does 3Q and DS mean?
DS means Dearest Son
3Q means triple qualified ( academically, physically and medically)
In the community information and feedback section there is an acronym list that is very helpful
Acronym list thread
Technically is it 'scholatiscally' not 'academically'.....since it includes more then just grades (i.e. ECA's, recommendations.....etc.)
Being academically qualified is a slippery slope at best as too many candidates want to assume that it means they have it made and can rest now. There are levels of qualification from barely to appointment competitive (my terms). IMHO, most candidates should have an idea of how strong they are in this respect by looking at their standing in their own school, getting some idea from forums such as this, and there's this little feeling you get internally that lets you know when you're doing really well.
USNA has pretty much discarded GPA as having become too complex to be useful, and using Class Rank in conjunction with SAT/ACT as determinants. They also are looking at the types of courses being pursued in school. There truly are several factors in earning the qualified designation, and now is not the time to backdown - in some instances the difference between receiving the dreaded TWE and the fat packet is the first semester senior year transcript.
I really don't think the exercise in semantics is terribly productive... stick to the basics. Best wishes to all of you who are stroking away to be the best you can be!
USNA has pretty much discarded GPA as having become too complex to be useful, and using Class Rank in conjunction with SAT/ACT as determinants.
@ 1964BGO... I completely agree with you assesment of the GPA. There are several factors in play now with GPA... Grade inflation, different scales ( 4.0 vs 5.0) and the fact that some schools weight AP and some do not. It was not until my DS sat down with his guidance counselor and they calculated his class rank did he really understand where he stood ..... In an earlier thread in the year I got into a debate about all A's not being created equal. Another poster suggested that a B in high school was a deal breaker. I think it depends where that B comes from. My DS happens to be in the top 10 % of his class and yes, he has a B on his report card.
Having said all of this , comparing stats is futile. My DS was told that he was competing with the other candidates in his district and that his district happened to have a lot of kids with high test scores. ....
My DS is very fortunate that he has gotten an LOA and is waiting for his interviews with MOC, but he had already finished his applications for plan B and C ... and they were submitted as well . Nothing is final until he takes the oath.
Wondering about this statement. If a candidate is 100% complete with his application, how does the USNA learn about his first semester senior year transcript? It doesn't seem they ask for this in Dec? Should it be submitted by the candidate in Dec even if the packet is already done?
They do , in fact, want the 7th semester transcript. I was told this by my DS BGO. My guess is that they just want to make sure the candidates are not "taking the senior year off".
Would that be the one in Dec? Middle of the School year?
Yes, the report card/transcript in December .
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