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goblacknights

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Hey I'm just wondering on my chances on making it to USMA. I really don't consider my GPA all that strong, 3.16. I play football and run track and i am also involved A LOT in church youth group. Also, my family has one of the highest number of graduates in the history of the academy. I don't consider myself a strong candidate at all, but I want to go here so bad and I am wondering what i need to work on in order to make myself much more competitive.
 

JamesVanKirk09

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Your credentials look a lot like mine. except my gpa is better and no one in my family has gone to usma. but i got nominated and recieved my appointment letter recently. of the things you mentioned, concentrate on improving your gpa, and possibly do some school clubs and community service.
 

mom3boys

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What is your leadership? Are you captain of your team? Are you in scouting? I know several at West Point w/ similar GPA to yours, but they are Eagle Scouts, class presidents, and team captains. What have you done, or what are you planning to do?
 

goblacknights

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i lead my youth group in church and i am looking at other leadership possibilities around school as well
 

Dave92390

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do you have the SAT scores to make up for that GPA?

i had a similar gpa but had above the mean SATs.

They seem to want to hear the big three: Academics, sports, leadership/service. Make sure you find something big in each category and send extra examples of them to your regional admissions guy
 

Dave92390

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yeah, got LOA in october, nomination in january, appointment february
 

Dave92390

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LOA and appointment despite hard gpa

gpa- 3.2 unweighted 3.9 weighted

Notice the not very pretty gpa; for those in competitive schools, you know it's near impossible to get a 4.0 and a good class rank, so show them something else! Prove you are 'that smart' with the standardized tests.

sats- 720 math, 670 CR

Make sure you cover your other bases with something solid as well, like strong commitment to a sport, and a clear, no b.s leadership example.
 

Dave92390

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Your regional commander is named in the applicant instructions on pg. 9. You can access this list via your candidate portal.
 

chriscross92

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Is it imperative to contact him or is he simply the guy to go to with questions or concerns?
 

Dave92390

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Personally, I think it would help your chances immensely to meet him so he can put a name to a face in front of the admissions board.

It really, really, helped me.
 

Dave92390

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ask if they are having any more information meetings in your area. Or sign up for a visit and email your regional commander when you'll be there and ask to meet him.

If you make a good impression, it'll significantly benefit you when your file goes in front of a board.
 
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