chance of getting into VMI?

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  1. lol@myfuture

    lol@myfuture New Member

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    pretty weak resume imo

    3.3 UW GPA, 3.6 Weighted
    31 ACT

    I don't know if they just check GPA or rigor of individual courses, but my GPA is low due to electives like french and psychology.
    My grades in engineering, math and history are good, and science and english grades are ok.
    4 ap
    9 honors

    huge trend upwards
    GPA from freshmen to senior
    3.1, 3.4, 3.7, 4.2 (senior year is prediction)

    did a few clubs with 1 leadership position, did a good amount of volunteering
    no sports. Held a job for tutoring for 3 years.

    no jrotc in high school

    Top 60% of my class

    advanced diploma

    instate resident

    south asian male from a suburb, 2nd generation American

    any help? this is my dream school
     
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  2. turtlerunnernc

    turtlerunnernc Member

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    It's hard to say because some of it depends on the other applicants. My cadet had a higher GPA 4.02 weighted and 3.6 UW, but his ACT was lower at 29 and top 15% of his class.

    Being in state helps as I think 60% of the Corp must be from Virginia.

    Apply, you can't get accepted if you don't.
     
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    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Lack of sports is an issue. Agree with Turtle, if you are from VA, it would help. Otherwise, have plan B, C and D locked and loaded.

    If your heart is set on an SMC, consider University of North Georgia, which offers in-state tution for qualifying Corps of Cadet members. If money is not an issue, you can also look at The Citadel which has a higher acceptance rate but is pricey for out of state.
     
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    bruno 10-Year Member Retired Staff Member

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    I think you are competitive- nice work improving your GPA since Freshman year. The lack of sports isn't a show stopper though you need to demonstrate that you have the physical wherewithal to make it through ( hopefully you workout on your own?)
    Keep up the good work thru senior year- I think you will do fine.
     
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  5. lol@myfuture

    lol@myfuture New Member

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    yea I'm physically fit and still play sports, just not for my school. How do you think my grades stack up against other VMI applicants?
     
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    bruno 10-Year Member Retired Staff Member

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    You are ok- you aren't leading the pack but the most important couple of years show good grades and strong improvement - my guess ( and it is a guess- the only people who can tell you definitively would be someone from VMI admissions) is that you are definitely competitive.
     
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    Here is the link to the class profile from last year's entering class: http://www.vmi.edu/media/content-assets/documents/admissions/Profile2020-Sheet1.pdf

    You look pretty competitive. However, keep in mind competition for entering VMI in recent years has been very tight. Typically around 2000 completed applications are submitted each year and VMI expects between 490-500 to enter. I've seen on-line here and in other places that VMI is an easy school to get into since its acceptance rate is around 40-50%. First off, 40-50% isn't all that "easy." It means 60-50% that apply don't get in. This perception of an "easy" 50% acceptance rate comes from the historical stats that shows VMI gets 1900-2000 applications each year and then makes ~900-1000 appointment offers to fill their 500 slots. This statistic hides the real difficulty of entry. First, there are only 500 slots for entry each year, so while VMI may make 1000 offers they don't make them all at once since they can only fill 500 slots. They have to make the appointment offers in a "rolling admissions" fashion so they don't bust their 500 cap. They start by making offers to the applicants with the best all-around records. Many of those folks are also competitive applicants to the Service Academies. So those applicants will accept the VMI appointment early (in December through February), and then cancel late in the process (April thru June) when and if a Service Academy appointment comes through. What's my point -- if your record is "competitive" for gaining a Service Academy appointment, or a national ROTC scholarship, your chances for getting into VMI are very good and you will get an early offer. If your record is "average" or less, getting offered one of the 500 slots may come late in the process. I agree with turtlerunner and bruno . . . if you want to be one of the 500, you've got to first apply . . .

    Sincerely -- best of luck to you.
     
  8. lol@myfuture

    lol@myfuture New Member

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    but VMI still writes an acceptance letter to at least half the kids that apply right?
     
  9. EOD/SEALmom

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    Your low GPA in your first couple years of high school will hopefully be offset by the upward swing. Your high ACT will also help there.

    Your lack of sports and your lack of leadership appear to be your biggest hurdles. You mentioned that you DO participate in sports, just not through your school - outside sports are fine....but you must list them on your application. VMI will not come back and ask you about sports, they will either offer an appointment or not based on the information you give them.

    Do not just apply with the stats you listed above; in your own words it appears weak. If you are playing outside sports, put them in your application. If you have volunteered, looks for ways you may have shown leadership - did you lead others at a camp, were you in charge of something, did your tutoring job promote you to leading other tutors in you subject?

    I'd also suggest you work very hard on your essay, that will also help.

    Good luck!
     
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    lol@myfuture New Member

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    thanks, that was quite helpful
     
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    Yes -- they will send out acceptance letters or emails in a rolling fashion.
     
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    I would just add that the OOS costs for The Citadel are identical to VMI; though high they are good bargains because its an all in cost, no hidden fees for meal plans, laundry or an off campus apartment. And cheap compared to many private schools.