Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by ScottW, Jul 8, 2010.
Do your college grades play a roll selection?
Absolutely. In fact, I'm pretty sure my son's dual-credit classes played a big role in getting him appointed since he is (whoops, was) home-schooled.
Good luck to you and all the candidates for the Class of 2015.
I think your college grades are looked at more than you HS transcript as it gives the Academy a good gauge as to how you would handle college courses at the Academy. They'll especially look at the English, Math, Science type of courses - the core courses you would take at USNA
DD took a university physics class while still in HS. We were told that not only was it noticed but with her grade in the class, it was definitely a positive.
As '02 said, if you’re already in college your grades will certainly be a factor. What I’m not sure about is how admissions looks at curriculum. Most students take a fairly light load, certainly compared to the load at NA. So if a candidate takes 16 units comprised of Freshmen Orientation, Social Responsibility 101, English 121 – The Films of Hitchcock, and oh yeah Math 141 - Intro to Calc. ????
On the other hand, if you take a load equivalent to what you'll take at the NA – and do well – that will certainly get their attention.
Definitely agree with above two posters. What you take is as important as how you score. Son took College Chem 1 & 2, Pre-calc and Calculus 1 and Physics 1. He also took a Jazz Theory course, but I doubt that was a huge help.
The admissions board will look at college grades very carefully. What they are looking for is a curriculum that mirrors that of the first year at the academy- therefore, a minimum of 16 credits, calculus [or pre-calc if there has been no foundation on the HS level], english literature, american history, and chemistry with a lab.
Grades of 3.0 and better will be viewed favorably.
They will also want to see that some sort of physical activity has continued while in college. Leadership remains a plus, however if it has been strongly demonstrated in high school that is acceptable.
Two other items for the check box: first, keep in mind that approx 30% of the incoming class for any given year has post-high school education under their belts. Second, that a second application does speak to motivation and desire.
Best of luck!
The reason I ask this is because my high school grades and scores were well above average. My college grades suffered due to quite a few factors that my BGO said are extenuating circumstances. I just don't want them to be viewed as an excuse. Thanks for the input.
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