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Any chance of appointment or prep school?

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by ayp, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. ayp

    ayp Member

    Feb 6, 2013
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    To start off, my gpa is not so spectacular. Unweighted, it is 3.37 and weighted it is 3.54.:frown::frown: I know I messed up BIG time freshman year, but my sat score (super scored) is pretty high 2180 and I still have time to improve my SAT even more because I am a Junior. I haven't took the act yet, but I was wondering what were the chances of getting into usmaps let alone usma?

    I think my strengths are my SAT scores, and my extra curricular activities. I have been playing club soccer for more than 9 years. I made varsity Track, and Soccer since freshman year too. I also have been on a club swim team for 4 years. I volunteer at a physical rehabilitation center and I volunteer for my congressman. I have a black belt in tae - kwon - do and I'm involved in church and clubs at my school.

    I know there isn't a direct answer, but I was just wondering how competitive I will be & see if I even have a shot at prep school. Thanks for reading :)
  2. 845something

    845something Member

    Feb 22, 2013
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    First, put prep school put of your head. You shouldn't apply to West Point or any of the Academies hoping to get into a prep school.

    Second, focus on showing the positives. Poor performance as a freshman is mild in comparison to demonstrated academic excellence the last few years of HS along with great test scores, and lots of leadership. Make yourself as strong of a candidate as you can between now and next February. Make sure you do we'll on the CFA to help compensate for that lower Class rank and keep pushing on the standardized test making use of the super scoring.
  3. MemberLG

    MemberLG 5-Year Member

    Jan 4, 2011
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    In order for a candidate to be considered for the regular prep school, you have to me academically disqualified. With your SAT score, I don't think you will be academically disqualified.

    The civil prep scholarship is much harder to get, typcailly 40 to 60 per year nationawide.
  4. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016 5-Year Member

    Mar 8, 2011
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    Class rank is more important that actual GPA. What is your class rank?

    Also, the Admissions department might see your increase in grades throughout H.S. as a sign that you worked hard and strove in the face of adversity. So keep your head up!
  5. abnrib

    abnrib Member

    Feb 22, 2013
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    You are in a similar situation to what I was last year. I had a comparable issue with GPA (my freshman year was spent abroad), and your test scores are about on par with mine. Based on the information you provided, you actually have more extracurricular activities than I do.

    It will, therefore, reassure you that I was offered an appointment to USMA Class of 2017. Your candidate file will still hold you in good stead. What has been stated before is correct; your class rank will count more than your GPA.

    I would also encourage you, especially when writing essays and applying for nominations, to think about how you are presenting yourself. Your character as a candidate is another factor, for both the admissions office and your Congressmen. If you can demonstrate a strong work ethic, along with sufficient motivation and dedication, it will definitely help balance out your GPA

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