Competitive College Applicant

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by nicknoodles, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. nicknoodles

    nicknoodles Member

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    I know these "chances" post are annoying, but the CGA does not really posts statistics for college students that were appointed. In high school I was 6th out of 370 with all honors/AP courses, did several ECs, varsity sports throughout the fall, spring, and winter, several volunteer hours through different organizations. I was very involved in high school and my weaker points were test scores (26 ACT, 1250 SAT) and fitness. I did not receive a ROTC scholarship or appointment to USNA.

    Since then, I retook the SAT and got a 1340 (690 math and 650 reading) and enrolled at NC State in the college of engineering and should finish this first semester with anything above 3.5 (hopefully 3.7). I took English 101, Chemistry 101 (and lab), Calculus 1 (Received an "A"), Naval Science 110, Engineering 101, and a Music Class for general education requirements for a total of 18 credit hours. On top of that I also joined the NROTC program as a non-scholarship student. When I take the PFE I should be around 9:00 run, 40 pushups, 70 situps or better. I am asking for the opinions on how I look as a freshman re-applicant. Thanks for any feedback!
     
  2. seaninsc

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    When applying to service academies, leadership experience is key. Academics and athletics mean pretty little without leadership experience you can point to. That said NROTC is a great demonstration of your commitment and leadership development. Your heavy workload and improved test scores also shows commitment. IMO you should have a good shot as long as you emphasized these points in your app/essays.
     
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  4. 5Day

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    You did everything they could ask for from a reapplicant and you did it well. A in Calculus, and very respectable all around GPA. You improved almost 100 points on the SAT and you are in a ROTC program. In my opinion you have a very solid chance of getting in. You have also set yourself up well for a NROTC scholarship.

    Whatever the outcome, be proud of what you accomplished your first semester of college.
     
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  6. J.Davis6

    J.Davis6 5-Year Member

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    I'm currently part of the Coast Guard Academy Scholars program and I'd love to weigh in a little from my own personal experience.
    Because the Coast Guard Academy is such a small school with a small student body, they're looking to maximize the "bang for their buck", so to say. From what I've been told, they love having kids who can impact the corps in multiple ways. In addition, like other have said, the "puzzle" of academy admissions changes yearly. One year they may need certain athletes to fill spots that were left vacant by graduating 1/c's, another year they may need musicians to fill out the band. If you make yourself attractive in multiple ways (athletically, academically, musically, etc) then you have a much higher chance of being the cadet they need to fill out their corps.
     
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  7. AuxNoob

    AuxNoob CGA Admissions Partner 5-Year Member

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    ^^ What he said.
     
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    RJB is correct. Numbers are your biggest challenge. This is true in the college application process as a whole. I work in the admissions office of a very well respected college in the south. The 1 in 5 is about accurate when you are talking about admissions to a college that only admits so few students. My college admits 1800 per year and this year we received close to 30K applications and the Common App is increasing those numbers. The numbers are real and it is getting harder and harder to get accepted.
    Leadership, community service and your letter of "why this college" are very important. Desire to be there is very key.
     

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