Chances at VMI and/or The Citadel?

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  1. U.S.A.1775

    U.S.A.1775 New Member

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    Hello, I am a rising senior in high school and will be graduating in 2019, and I am very curious as to how my current resume stands for both VMI and The Citadel. What would my chances be for both? They are my top 2 colleges and I my life goal is to commission into the Army/Marines. I would like to study Aerospace (or any other engineering if need be) engineering for my degree. I am taking this very seriously and would appreciate a legitimate response.

    3.677 GPA Weighted
    980 New SAT
    Varsity Cross Country 1 Year
    JV Soccer 1 Year
    JROTC 4 Years
    JROTC Raider B Team Commander
    JROTC Raider A Team Member
    JROTC Honor Guard Assistant Commander
    JROTC Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Staff Officer
    JROTC Volunteering
    JROTC Awarded Sons of Union Civil War Veterans Medal and Ribbon for Most Patriotic Cadet, Top Male Push Up Medal
    JCLC Honor Graduate Top 3% of 278 Cadets
    JCLC Company Commander, Platoon Sergeant, JLAB Captain
    JCLC Awarded Honor Graduate Trophy
    German Club 4 Years
    German National Honor Society officer
    Symphonic Band 1 Year
    Top 30% of Class
    270 PFT Score
    2 AP Courses
    All Advanced/Honors
    Volunteering for Soccer Camp
    64 On the ASVAB
    Working for 3 Years
    Will be recieving 10 letters of recommendation:
    History teacher
    Personal Finance teacher
    Math teacher
    Coach Saps Cross Country
    Work Manager
    LTC. JROTC Instructor
    Master Sergeant Mallard
    German teacher
    Work Manager

    Here is some additional information:
    VMI is my first choice
    Will apply to VMI on Early Decision
    Living in Virginia and VMI wants 60% of all cadets to be in-state
    Had personal one on one interview with VMI admissions director and aced it
    Will submit an Advanced English Essay to VMI, my very best and longest essay ever written.
    Will retry the SAT in August and aim to earn a 1100-1150.
    Already interviewed by the VMI Director of Admissions.

    I will earn an Advanced Diploma and do another varsity sport this winter, along with AP and Honors classes with a few more extra curricular activities/events if that helps.

    Thank you very much!
     
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    Thank you very much. I will do my best on my second attempt for the SAT. And the ACT may be better as you said so I will definitely try that.
     
  4. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    1. ASVAB score is irrelevant and it's not very high either.
    2. Don't mean to be cruel but frank... your SAT score is inadequate. You need to bring it up by 300-500 points.
    3. The PFT score is pretty good.
    You have time to improve. Work on it diligently. Take SAT practice tests and understand why you got the wrong answer where you did. Try the ACT. Some folks do better on the ACT than the SAT.
     
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    Thanks for the response.
    I know the SAT is low but it is the one on the 1600 point scale, not the old SAT. 300-500 point increase would be Harvard material, the Citadel has an average of 1100/1600 on the SAT so I'll definitely try to get it up to 1100 or better.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Let's see... 980 + 300 = 1280. I hardly consider 1280 to be Harvard material. The class profile linked to above shows the cluster is around 1100 - 1380. 1100 is going to be on the low end of that range. Somewhere around 1250 ought to put you into the sweet spot. Just one man's opinion.
     
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    Kinnem is correct ... 1600 or close to it is Ivy League or top end of SA material. You need to work to get into the 1200 range, unless you are a recruited athlete.

    Many of the VMI applicants from Virginia have SA quality records with 1300+ SATs with eye watering athletic, leadership and community service accomplishments.

    You can make it, but you need to buckle down. Take the SAT and ACT. Get a SAT and/or ACT practice test book. You should be able to find one at the public library if you don't want to buy one. Practice the Math. Practice the English. Make a routine for you to practice a couple of hours per day. Ask a teacher or coach to help you. Let the teacher know your desire.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Check out the free Test Prep section over at the Khan Academy.
     
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    My son took an SAT prep course that we learned about at a homeschool convention, and as that instructor also advised, he took the test as many times as he could. His score went up each time until it was where he wanted it. It turns out learning how the questions are designed and tricks to answer many questions faster is what the course was all about. VMI, I think, only takes scores before December for the year in which you are applying, but worst case scenario you can apply one year later with 4 more SATs under your belt from your senior year, and some transfer credits from community college to ease your load. VMI is in the Virginia Community College system so they are part of that statewide transfer agreement. Their catalog online should help you decide which transfer credits will give you the biggest bang for your buck if you go that route (some transfer course for course, others only as electives). Good luck!!
     
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    I think starting with the next entering class, regardless of the number of transfer credits you have, you have to spend 3 yrs at VMI in order to earn the diploma.
     
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