How does West Point validate your extracurriculars?

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  1. Silbur

    Silbur Member

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    I guess this is for colleges in general.

    So how does West Point know you are not lying about the activities you've done? I'm sure they'll check like if you were actually the NHS President or top ten in state for tennis, but for little things I personally was the Freshman captain for soccer and a Junior and Senior captain for a competitive club. How does West Point know I'm telling the truth or made up the stuff?
     
  2. yjcabansag

    yjcabansag New Member

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    I think that's the reason why we have to put a school official to validate our activities record. So you know, they can assure that an applicant's not lying because a school official confirmed that everything was true and the applicant's involved in the said activities.
     
  3. DesertCaliMom

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    This! DS met with his guidance counselor, resume in hand, to go over his ECs.
     
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  4. MidwestDad

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    There is a school form to confirm activities; they may ask for other documentation for out of school sports or clubs etc.
     
  5. davejean90

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    With the amount of applications they receive, they really do not have time to verify everything you claim on your application. The reason why they give greater weight to school activities is these activities require a school official to sign off and verify. If you claim all-state status a quick internet search can probably verify. In the end the only factor that can be verified and compared against students across the country is the standardized test (ACT/SAT). If you don't have these scores high enough to be competitive within your "group", whether or not they can verify activities is not really important.
     
  6. USMA 1994

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    As part of the application process, you will give West Point a guidance counselor's contact information through the portal. Admissions will reach out to that counselor and have them verify your high school activities. This is also the way that the academy gets your school profile, GPA and class rank. It is all done electronically.
     
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