Admissions Based just on GPA, SAT for college graduate

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  1. 4thYearNeuro

    4thYearNeuro New Member

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    Hello. I am currently a fourth year Neuroscience major here at UCLA in Southern California. I will graudate this coming summer with a 3.3 GPA and a B.S. degree in Neuroscience. I also took the SAT in 2012 and I got a 2080. I was wondering if based on just these two figures alone if my chances of getting into this school is good? Given that UCLA is a challenging institution and my Neuroscience degree is exceptionally difficult and technical, I think that my 'lower than I would want' GPA is not going to really be an issue. Am I wrong?

    I am also able to do 50 pushups and can run a 5 minute mile so the Fitness Test isn't really going to be too much of a challenge for me.
     
  2. golfindad

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    couple things. you must be under 25 on July 1 of the admission year. A question will certainly be why do you want to attend. A second question will be what are you doing for the "gap year". and, famous last words "the Fitness Test isn't really going to be too much of a challenge for me." the fitness test is a lot more than pushups and a mile, and is the sum of all the parts. With regards the grades, they look competitive, but no one really knows
     
  3. 420sailor

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    Your GPA isn't as important as your grades in specific classes (calculus and physics, maybe somewhat chemistry). They don't look at the writing component, only the math and verbal SAT scores.
     
  4. MMA19kid

    MMA19kid Banned

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    Hey, as someone who went to the Merchant Marine Academy after about 1.5 years at a college, much less caliber than UCLA...regional crappy school. It's not worth it to go the academy after 4 full years of college. You would be in a class of 18 year olds, with kids younger than yourself yelling and doing theatrical things with you at indoc. Additionally, a career in the merchant marine is not glamorous or something most people do for the long term, moreover, just the opposite. People will try and find any way to avoid sailing on their license. For you to use KP to go Active Duty would be silly, because you already almost have a college degree from a good school. If you're hell bent on being a merchant mariner...I don't see why you would be unless you have some misconceptions about sailing, then do a grad-license program at a State Maritime Academy.

    If I were you I wouldn't waste your almost-degree in neuroscience. Finish that, and get work experience or go to law, business, etc school. IMO, going to kings point for the class of 2022 with your resume would make no sense.
     
  5. KenJ

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    BS in Neuroscience from UCLA and then to Kings Point. Putting aside the misspelling, why am I having a hard time taking this serious?
     
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    beyond KπΣ15' 5-Year Member

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    Haha. Speak for yourself kid. Every license on the bridge last night was issued in a KP blue tube. Including the captain and the pilot.

    The pilot on the ship behind us was another KP'r and a poster on these forums. KP'rs that go to sea exist.

    It's the bomb. One of my section mates had a 4 year degree before coming to KP. Worth it.
     
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    cmakin 5-Year Member

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    There are more KPers at sea than one would believe by reading gCaptain. . . .
     
  8. MMA19kid

    MMA19kid Banned

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    Every license was from KP? So what? I never said that there weren't academy grads sailing. A license is a license. Describing KP as 'the bomb' is really misleading, since 90% of people at KP would probably say it's just the opposite. Objectively, KP is a good school, however, with years of institutional mismanagement and dysfunction...it's fractured and in need of an overhaul.

    The mentality of most people I know at KP is to do something other than sailing commercially at graduation or a few years after graduation. Especially when many teachers at KP, including some that sailed for decades, say that sailing as a career is not what you want.

    I don't see the worth of starting at KP as a plebe for 4 years at the completion of a 4 year degree from a good school such as UCLA. In my case, I was a student at a mediocre regional school for about 1.5 years. I had a bunch of credits, yet no real degree plan. Nowhere close to graduating with a science degree as I had originally intended. So I started as a plebe at 19. If everything goes right (big if), I'll graduate at 23. And that's considered old as $#%! at KP.
     
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  9. tex2021

    tex2021 Proud parent of USAFA C/O 2021

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    Should be 23 not 25.
     
  10. MMA19kid

    MMA19kid Banned

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    WRONG

    46 CFR 310.54

    b)Age. On July 1 of the year of admission to the Academy, a candidate shall be not less than seventeen (17) years of age and shall not have passed his or her twenty-fifth (25) birthday.
     
  11. tex2021

    tex2021 Proud parent of USAFA C/O 2021

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    My bad. I thought we were on the USNA thread.
     
  12. 420sailor

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    Most of the grads I know want to sail. Each situation is unique. I wouldn't begin to guess your circumstances or motivation. If you want to apply, go for it. Visit the campus, do your homework and make the decision yourself.