Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by hopefulparent, Nov 5, 2010.
Which states are considered "highly competitive"? What about low competition?
There is no easy answer. There are competitive districts w/in less competitive states and less competitive districts within very competitive states.
At the end of the day, it really doesn't matter unless you're looking to relocate. Seriously. If that's the case, I suggest ND, SD, WY, ID, and MT.
Highly competitive = Texas!
Our plebe son says that sometimes it seems like half the population of Bancroft Hall is from Texas (although we know that's not true, of course). It may be that Texans are just kind of vocal about where we're from!
Positive Thinking, that is exactly right! Although, I don't think we should be very vocal about baseball,...or football, for that matter.
In any case, Texan Mids are major ingredient for making the Yard a great place! Go Navy! Go Rangers! Get 'em next year!!
1985 has nailed it. Remember, generally Senators only have 1 (maybe 2) slots from their state. Each MOC has same ...but from districts. However, and she may know specifics, my guess is if one looked at scores and stats of collectives from MD, VA, FL, TX, CA (maybe), PA, and NY,year in and year out they'd be higher than most other states.
So ...while that does not mean much in terms of appointment dynamics and outcomes, it would be one way to point to those states as more competitive. Conversely, simply looking at numbers from each state, even those from taken from the national pool, would likely reveal little regarding this question. Simply, those with more population and applicants, would likely be more heavily represented.
One caveat: There have been key targeted cities for diversity candidates. While I've no idea if this will continue after this season, but this could skew this issue of "most competitive" very significantly and quickly. In other words, let's say 10 kids (a random #) are recruited out of NYC. Simply looking at state numbers might make NY look to be much more competitive as a state than it is.
In sum, the question needs more specific edifying before it could be answered, and then it could only really be answered by USNA hidden stats.
Are there a lot of mids from California? And if so, how about the Los angeles area?
As previously stated certain districts are certainly more competitive than others within a state. It is necessary to take into account that the majority of city schools are going to produce more competitive candidates on a national level with higher average test scores, more classroom opportunities, and a vast spectrum of ECA's than your rural "out in the country" schools. Some mids get accepted because they are the best that their area is able to produce. For those who live in highly populated congressional districts, that is why other sources of nomination can play such a huge role.
No such thing.
All Congressional districts have approximately the same population (~650,000 per Census 2000).
Connecticut is highly competetive and we are (if you look at the map) kind of small. We do have Groton but I don't think that adds much to the pool. There ain't no highly populated Congressional districts only highly populated states with only two Senators.
You are correct. I meant to say competitive not populated.
It is important for those that live in competitive areas who can take advantage of other sources of nomination to do so. Getting a nomination is half the battle of an appointment.
Exactly. The population is generally the same across districts but the number of individuals seeking an SA appointment may vary greatly. The more there are, the more competitive the district.
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