Can I get in?

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by andmanmc, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. andmanmc

    andmanmc 5-Year Member

    Apr 21, 2011
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    I am an Eagle Scout with a 2.8 GPA and am expected to get about a 26 on the ACT. does anyone know if i stand a chance applying
  2. shutterbugC

    shutterbugC 5-Year Member

    Apr 27, 2010
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    Apply, you will never know. It is not just grades, but also leadership.
  3. kennyvoet

    kennyvoet 5-Year Member

    Apr 13, 2011
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    I'd get the GPA up if you can, and take the ACT again (26 isn't bad but it could be better). You never know, but you should do whatever you can do to be competitive.

    Remember you can always transfer from a civilian college if you can get good grades there. Also, they accept enlisted candidates, so you could try that route if you're really serious about a Service Academy or ROTC.
  4. kpskilegac

    kpskilegac 5-Year Member

    Jan 8, 2009
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    Your GPA is a bit low but not knowing what year you are in HS, I'd say if you work hard perhaps you can raise it. Also take the ACT or SAT or both as many times as you can. They will take the highest score from each test and use those to evaluate your candidacy. If you are an athlete, fill out the recruitment form on line and send it to the respective coach. Many mids do not gain admission right out of HS but take a year or 2 at a community college or the prep school and ultimately gain admission. KP does not take any transfer credits so if you choose that route to gain admission remember to take things that will help you be successful academically - physics, calc, chem. Good luck!
  5. MMAdad2015

    MMAdad2015 5-Year Member

    Apr 12, 2011
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    You should definitely work on the ACT scores. My DS received a 27 the first time out. He took a Kaplan course, studied for three months, and then received a 30. Academies consider a 30 Scholar level. Get you grades up as much as possible; remember that this will probably take away from your social time. A GPA on the rise is much better than on the decline.

    Also, as mentioned before, leadership in different areas is important. Sports team captain, school club officer, and civic involvement. You need to be a well rounded candidate. Try to visit and do the overnight at MMA. Your Plebe host likes it as they are relieved of many plebe duties like squaring corners. MY DS visited all five academies, and went to every event that was offered to him. It is a good opportunity to be seen and evaluated.

    Keep working towards your goal. Grades are very important but everything. My DS has a friend who got into MIT but not the AFA and did not receive a AFROTC scholarship either.
  6. KP2013Momm

    KP2013Momm 5-Year Member

    Jul 24, 2010
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    If you do not try you will never know. I would work more on the GPA was this for Honors Courses? How are your math and science? Have you had leadership roles? Sports? There is more to a candidate then GPA. However be aware that KP is very difficult academically - 4 years in 3 so be prepared.
    Continue to post questions
  7. DannyDutton2015

    DannyDutton2015 Banned

    Apr 23, 2011
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    Cool Story Bro:thumb:
  8. kpmom2011

    kpmom2011 5-Year Member

    Feb 18, 2007
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    Putting on my admissions rep hat :)

    Much of this is only the minimums....keep in mind to be truly competitive you need much better than below::thumb:

    Standardized Test Scores
    - SAT; minimum 520 Critical Reading (Verbal), 560 Math, combined minimum 1080
    - ACT; minimum 22 English, 24 Math, composite minimum 23
    - To be truly competitive, you need higher scores than the minimums
    - For example, AVERAGE combined SAT score is 1215 (586 C/R, 629 Math)
    • Grade Point Average and Rank in Class
    - To be considered, you should have at least a B to B+
    - To be competitive, you should have an A- or better
    - Rank in Class is preferred to be at least upper 40%
    - To be competitive, you should be in upper 25%
    • Extracurricular Activities/Leadership Positions
    - Inside or outside of school
    - Sports, Scouting, Sea Cadets, Civil Air Patrol, etc.
    - Team Captains, Class/Club Officers, etc.
    • High School Curriculum
    - At least 3 years of Math sequence (2-Algebra; 1-Geometry; must have Trigonometry, too)
    - Better to have also had Pre-Calculus; even better to have had Calculus
    - At least Chemistry with Lab or Physics with Lab
    - Better to have both
    - If Home-Schooled, must complete science lab requirement at an accredited institution (high school or college)

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