Do I have a chance at USAFA?

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by trumpetsoccer541, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. trumpetsoccer541

    trumpetsoccer541 Member

    Apr 6, 2014
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    I know it is essentially futile to analyze, but I was wondering if anyone could give me their opinion on my chances at this fine institution

    SAT: 2210
    CR: 690 (I know, low...)
    M: 780
    W: 740

    GPA: 4.0 (All A's, school does not weight gpas)
    Class rank: 1/336
    Taken six AP's, will have 10 when I graduate:
    -Sophomore: AP European History and AP Calculus AB
    -Junior: AP Physics C, AP Calculus BC, AP Composition, AP US History
    -Senior (anticipated): AP Probability and Statistics, AP Chemistry, AP Human Geography, AP Literature
    AP Tests: 5's on Calc AB and BC, 4's on US History and Physics C (Still disappointed in myself...)
    -National Honor Society

    -Soccer: JV Freshman and Sophomore, Varsity Letter Junior and will letter Senior. Junior Year All-Conference Defender Honorable Mention and Team Defensive Player of the Year. Vying for team captain this coming season, as I played the most minutes out of my team last year and anchor the defensive line. Also have played indoor soccer in a men's premier league.
    -Band: Play trumpet. Section leader in Jazz 1, Wind Ensemble, and marching band this year. Will possibly run for band council this year, time permitting. Member of wind ensemble placing 3rd in state, 2nd in state, and 1st in state my 9th, 10th, and 11th grade years respectively. Auditioned and selected for Western International Band Clinic 2012 and 2013, trumpet section leader in top band 2013. Selected for All-State Band junior year. 3 year band letterman, anticipating 4th year. Performed in trumpet ensembles and performed solos at district competitions all 3 years. Play voluntarily in pit orchestra each year. Traveled Europe as an Oregon Ambassador of Music Summer of 2013.
    -Sea Cadets: Just recently joined, so will not be able to make petty officer by the time I submit applications :( At Recruit Training 2014, I was Recruit Petty Officer in Command (in charge of my company at the recruit level) and was selected Honor Cadet of my company and for the entire Recruit Training.
    -Community Service: Assistant coached a local girls soccer team, Beach/river cleanups, tutored in geometry, bird counts for my city, CoCoRaHS weather recorder
    -Qualified for the Oregon Invitational Math Tournament at Calculus level Soph. and Jr. years. Attended sophomore year
    -PADI Open Water Certified
    -YMCA Youth and Government: Sophomore and Junior Years
    -Oregon Boys State 2014: Supreme Court Justice

    -Worked picking blueberries summer of 2012 and worked construction cleanup summer of 2013

    -OR District 5

    -Attended USNA NASS and USCGA AIM. NASS CFA was 80ft bball toss, 13 pullups, 45 pushups (can do many more now), 75 situps, and a 5:51 mile run

    I feel a little weak in community service and demonstrated leadership positions

    Thank you all so much!
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2014
  2. Dad

    Dad 5-Year Member

    Apr 25, 2010
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    Nobody here can tell you what your chances are. Be the best 'you' that you can be. Just apply and do your best. Same answer for MMA, USNA, and USCGA. If you don't apply, you won't get in for sure. You can see the 'average' Appointee's stats at each of the academies you're interested in. You can get a general idea of where you fall. Just go for it.

    Best wishes. :thumb:
  3. Buff-IP

    Buff-IP USAFA '88 Pilot

    Jul 22, 2013
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    If you know a number is low, then work to improve it.

    USAFA is looking for well rounded folks that can handle the academic pressures as well as the other pressures.

    Having a full challenging schedule prepares you well.

    If you could have done more, the question will be what stopped you?

    Good luck!
  4. Maplerock

    Maplerock Proud to be an American

    Jan 31, 2013
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    You could lump all your "chances" posts into one for all the academies.

    The answer will be the same... no one knows. The academies follow certain guidelines and select whom they wish from the qualified pool. Some not selected will have higher academic scores and some not selected will have higher cfa scores.

    Just do your best and fate will do the rest.
  5. Christcorp

    Christcorp 5-Year Member

    May 21, 2008
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    I can provide some percentages. 100%. ....... That's the chance of not getting in if you don't apply. 11.24645%. .... That's about the average of appointments given out based on an initial interest of 10,000. Now, I'm not trying to be facetious, but if you can tell me what the GPA, sat/act scores, activities, leadership experience, volunteering, etc. Of your competition; the other 10,000, then I can give you a much more accurate number as to your chances. But as you see, we don't know the info for the rest of your competition. Therefore, its impossible to tell you what your chances are.

    If you look in the academy brochure or any of the posted demographics for the cadets currently at the academy, you will see what the averages are. E.g. 30 act scores in each area. 3.86 GPA. Etc... This still doesn't tell you your chances, but it let's you know if you're competitive. Best of luck. Mike.

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