Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Midshipmen1315, Dec 6, 2015.
If you're not in any advance classes does that hurt your chance of getting into the naval academy?
The USNA is a highly selective school. Like all highly selective schools, the Admissions Board asks themselves many questions about a candidate. On the topic of academic record, their questions boil down to two main themes. First, has the candidate taken the most challenging and rigorous courses available to her/him? Second, if the answer to the first question is yes, did she/he excel in them?
At most schools, AP courses are among the most challenging and rigorous. The more you take - and do well in - the more favorably disposed any Admissions Board will be to your academic record.
You are competing with other candidates who are taking the most challenging classes including AP and IB. Some are simultaneously taking classes at a local college.
Thus you are hurting your own chances by taking anything but the most rigorous classes available.
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It also depends on whether your school offers advanced courses and to what extent. If your school does not offer AP (or most/all AP subjects), for example, then that isn't held against you. Make sure your BGO is aware of that. If your school does allow you to take courses at a college (and you can handle it), then that would be a good thing to do, too.
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