Everyone seems to have different experiences. I got my appointment 10 days after I submitted my application (No LOA). When I submitted, I had medical + a nomination; I just took forever to do my essays (personal data record).
Anyways, judging from my experience, it would seem that the admissions board is very quick in evaluating applications.
could i ask you your stats if you still remember?
Hey, sorry. I didn't see this till now. Here's a quick breakdown:
4.2 GPA (9-11 Grade). I go to a relatively competitive school. I took one AP class my sophomore year, 4 AP/honors classes my junior year, and 5 AP/college courses my senior year. The transcript I submitted had a total of 3 Bs out of the six semesters of high school I submitted. We do not rank, but I know that I barely made the cut off for top 10%.
ACT: 35 English, 35 Reading, 32 Science, 29 Math (I ended up retaking and got a 33 math, but I got accepted before that score was in my portal if I remember correctly).
-composite: 33-34 (based on which math score you use)
My essay was very strong. I think that the essay is an incredibly underestimated part of the application. It is the only place where you can show who you really are; other candidates who are competitive are going to have outstanding grades, great scores, and impressive extracurriculars. My essay focused on a failure that totally changed my perspective on leading and my style of leading. It was personal as well.
In addition to my essay, the various leadership opportunities I held were probably impactful in the board's evaluation of me. I've held various positions within my JROTC unit, the main one being the Unit Commander, where I was in charge of close to 200 cadets. I've also been in leadership positions within clubs as well as National Honor Society. Honestly, I probably could have left everything out except my JROTC activities and been fine; I think it's much more impressive when you show a strong concentration on a certain activity and your leadership within it, rather than being the president of totally unrelated, random clubs.
I am confident that my letters of recommendation were very good. I made sure that my teachers got to know me very well, basically to the point where we formed a friendship, and that led to what I am confident were good letters.
Let me know if you have other specific questions, and I'd be happy to answer them.