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Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by ayp, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. ayp

    ayp Member

    Feb 6, 2013
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    Not complaining at all, but just extremely curious, as to how I got into NASS. I mean my academics aren't too stellar - 3.3 unweighted gpa, but 2000+ sat and I do a significant amount of extra curricular activities. But quite honestly, the Navy was my last choice just because I thought I'd get rejected for sure (after reading all these other candidate's great achievements)

    I know this is just an outreach program, but could I have been accepted due to the fact that I am a minority, female, and because of my geographical location (Los Angeles)? Nevertheless, I am extremely happy to have been given this opportunity, and see what awaits me at Annapolis in a few months. Thanks for reading!
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  2. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

    Apr 1, 2007
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    Based on data released from the FOIA requests last year, you are THE targeted applicant. Minority females, with high SAT scores, from under-represented cities like Los Angeles--are a lock.

    And that will hold true if you apply to the academy as well - eg for the Classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014 -- the appointment percentage for a qualified black female applicant was over 90% and the appointment percentage for a qualified Hispanic female applicant was over 82% (compared that with only 55% of non-minority females).

    If you truly want to be a US Navy officer or US Marine Corps officer (for at least 5 years after you graduate) use this recruiting situation to your advantage - apply, accept, and don't look back.
  3. stella

    stella Member

    Dec 2, 2012
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    2000+ sat is solid, and at or above the average, from what we've been told (espeically in 11th grade as you have time to improve it). BGO told us SAT scores mean more, in general than GPA.
    Your demographics certainly help too. Grab and go. We know a white male from Nebraska who got into a couple of summer seminars with low stats. Clearly, his home state is helping him.

  4. usna1985

    usna1985 10-Year Member

    Jun 9, 2006
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    NASS is a recruiting tool and USNA is very clear on this point. Thus, if you are from a school, district, or region of the country that historically has not had a lot of (or any) USNA applicants, you will likely have a better shot of being accepted to NASS than if you are from a school, district, or region where USNA is well known.

    That said, those in the latter category above also are accepted with some frequency. Although your SATs, activities, etc, are considered, the same weight is not given for NASS as it is for regular admissions. The goal of NASS is for you to experience it and talk about it to your friends, relatives, schoolmates, etc. with the hope that some of them will be encouraged to apply.

    Being accepted to NASS is not necessarily indicative of your likelihood of being accepted to USNA. It may be -- just not necessarily. Just as not being accepted to NASS does not mean you won't receive an appointment. There are MANY examples of those turned down for NASS who are currently mids.

    So, to the OP, go to NASS if you're at all interested. Most folks love it. Then, if you think USNA is right for you, apply.
  5. Whistle Pig

    Whistle Pig Banned

    Jun 9, 2006
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    Ditto. This answers the OP's questions clearly, honestly. Slam dunk.
  6. 1964BGO

    1964BGO 5-Year Member

    Nov 27, 2009
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    Re: SAT/ACT vs GPA; it appears that NAVY is getting frustrated with the myriad schemes for calculating GPA's and now is looking more at the Class Ranking. Just FYI...

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