Academic WCS

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  1. Harleyboys98

    Harleyboys98 Member

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    Just curious to know if there’s any way besides class rank, standardized tests, and school profile, to boost the academic portion of one’s WCS. Like awards, etc...
     
  2. Kierkegaard

    Kierkegaard Member

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    To the best of my knowledge, National Honor Society membership and being valedictorian both add points. Other awards might be reviewed by Admissions on a case by case basis.
     
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  3. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO 10-Year Member

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    Your whole person multiple (WPM)...this is the term USNA uses...can be adjusted for many different situations. In fact, this happens often for qualities/achievements that are not ordinarily found on the application, but are valued by the military/USNA. What you can do is add the additional information into the comments section of your application (typically, the "Candidate Activities Record" portion is the appropriate section) or if you have a resume that complements your application, have a school official sign a cover letter endorsing the resume and then scan/email or mail to USNA. Alternatively, it also might be possible to mention this in a BGO interview. One of the main points of the BGO interview is to fill in the "cracks" of the candidate's application in order to give USNA a full/complete picture of the candidate's background (academic, physical, leadership, etc.).
     
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    usna1985 10-Year Member

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    Here's the thing . . . if you've done really well academically (great grades in core AP/honors/IB courses) and good to excellent SAT/ACT scores, you won't need much in the way of additional points for academics. Those who are earning (meaningful) academic awards are almost certainly in that group so the awards are like extra whipped cream on a delicious sundae. Things like National Honor Society only reinforce that you're doing well academically, which should already be obvious from your grades. That said, definitely submit that sort of achievement.

    If you're asking whether academic "awards" can compensate for/overcome a less than stellar academic package . . . no.
     
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