At the bottom of USNA.edu’s primary source, are the links to their official social media sites. Good info there, too. Admissions will sometimes put on virtual sessions that you can attend.As a starting point, my recommendation is that you try to absorb as much information as you can about the Naval Academy, and the Admissions process, starting with thoroughly reviewing the Admissions website (every drop down etc). Everything you need to know, including the answer about recommendations is available there. This Forum has some good information, but can get into the weeds with unnecessary information or a single candidates experience. Look to primary sources -- the USNA website and online candidate sessions to get information. Be self sufficient, don't ask basic questions that can be found with a little due diligence. Finally, T37 hit it on the head, the Service Academies are looking for well balanced future leaders, and Academics, Leadership, Athletics are the cornerstones. OP is looking at this at the right time -- when you have the ability to tailor your HS career to build a record that qualifies you for Admission. (PS -- that said, I will echo what I have said before repeatedly here-- don't do anything just because you think it looks good on your resume. If you focus your attention on what you enjoy , the chances of success are much greater). Good luck.
Admissions require that they be your Junior year teachers (Math/English). Just make sure that you are taking the hardest/most advanced classes available to you. Also, you should work with your guidance counselor to ensure that your academic schedule has you on track to take Chemistry, Physics and Calculus. (AP classes if they are offered.) Good luck!Should I get teacher recommendations from my teachers this year? or should I just get it from my teachers in Junior -- Senior year
Go to recruiters talk to them and ask questions.
I don't want to diminish the fire in someone who just got a NAPS appointment but you are giving out some bad gouge.Go to recruiters talk to them and ask questions.
Ask questions in forms, graduates from the academy, etc.
Apply to Summer Seminar and STEM. They increase your chances of getting in.
Get good grades and try to do AP/ IB classes.
Get community service hours.
Demonstrate that you are a leader. That you create community service groups, etc. show that you have initiative!
Don’t get in trouble (or don’t get caught)
Work out, running and lifting weights.
Be in a team hopefully as a captain.
I would say surround yourself with people that have similar goals as you. they don't have to be looking towards usna but they should have drive to succeed in their commitments. I found myself to build up a decent record in high school because of my friends that motivated and supported me in my endeavors because they understood what my goals were. I have a personal philosophy that you can't do anything alone, so make sure to find and value the people that understand our commitments, you'll appreciate them so much in the long run. this forum could be a way of doing that.
Just to reaffirm to new applicants/Prospective CO 28 that attending NASS does NOT help you get in. At the end of the day it is a summer camp for underrepresented Candidates. Do NOT worry if you can not attend NASS or are not accepted. Its for candidates to learn about USNA, more than it is for USNA to learn about/ identify them.Apply to Summer Seminar and STEM. They increase your chances of getting in.
Good writeup but no need to wait until Junior Year to begin SAT/ACT. When I get candidates starting early, I recommend a test during Sophomore year. The tests are not so advanced as to make it a Junior/Senior only test.My kid didn't want usna but wanted marine nrotc at a specific college. I made him research the "average" qualifications (NOT THE MINIMUMS!!!) Of those accepted and make a chart for where he would stand up against the "typical" successful candidate for MO NROTC scholarship and his school of choice. I then had him fill in (in pencil) where he was in reference to each category and a timeline of progress/goals in each. The categories were:
Academics: GPA, class rank, and difficulty (AP/honors, math english science, history, foreign language). USNA is heavy on STEM so don't sandbag that in high school.
SAT ACT scores: Schedule multiple tests and study/practice. This means a long-term commitment for test prep. Taking first tests as soon as you can your junior year demonstrates you actually care and are serious.
Teacher/coach evals: Are you behaved, attentive, helpful to the teacher and other students? Who will you ask for evals from?
Physical Fitness: Get in the best all-around shape you can and test yourself against whatever tests you will have to take regularly. Make fitness a part of your life. This is so important it cannot be overstated. So many kids on this forum get rejected because they didn't put in the effort or waited until the last minute to care. The military has no interest in making people like that officers so get on it! NOW!
Athletics: Play a couple of sports every year and make at least one of them a passion where you make varsity. Statistically, very, very few go to academies or get rotc scholarships without a varsity letter. If you varsity in a non-major sport, make sure you are A. The Captain, and B. Maxing your physical fitness test scores.
Leadership: Be on student council, team captain. Join jrotc or, if not available, find a civil air patrol unit and climb the ladder there. Club president or officers are nice. Boys/Girls State is nice. Reach out to fellow students you see who are having social , personal, or academic issues. Stick up for anyone being bullied. Dvelop and demonstrate active leadership.
Extra Curriculars and Community Service: be involved in a variety of activities. NHS, 4H, robotics club. Volunteer at church or fund raisers. Debate and forensics are great....they'll teach you public speaking and how to think on your feet. Have at least one interesting hobby that doesn't involve a PS4.
Social: Have wide friend groups. This means being open to kids you wouldnt necessarily instinctively seek out as friends. Stay out of trouble or being around kids who are in trouble. Seek out achievers and good kids for your inner circle. This is part of academics, too. Study with friends who can help you on topics you find difficult and return the favor to others.
Other: Have moral courage and demonstrate unflinching integrity. This matters most when it is most difficult and is a non-negotiable. Read, Read, Read! Make reading outside of school a habit. This does not mean watching videos. It will improve your test scores, your knowledge, your comprehension and lots of other good stuff. Whenever I interview someone I always ask them what is the last book they read and what are they reading now. When I get that deer in the headlights look from them it really makes my decision easier.
Practice for your interviews and take your time writing your essays. Take a couple days between essay editing/rewrites and repeat this several times. You'll be amazed how much you will improve your essay from the original if you plan multiple reviews.
Research everything you can about the process and pay attention to details. Do things early, never just "on time". Have your own administrative checklist/timeline.
Talk to your parents often and ask for their help and feedback. Teachers, coaches, mentors, too.
Ask questions and reach out for help. Find a knowledgeable mentor. This ideally is a grad of where you want to go or maybe a retired or active officer. The local recruiter and your neighbor who did two years as a private probably wont give you the fidelity you need as you seek a commission. Don't be shy and that includes the intimidating admissions liaisons who you are worried about making a good impression on. Everyone, including complete strangers, wants you to succeed!
One last thing. We all have strengths and weaknesses. You have to honestly and often painfully evaluate yourself. It is super easy to focus on our strengths and ignore our weaknesses. The real challenge and test of character is to attack our weaknesses even when it is the last thing you want to do and feels awful.
This is a lot and sounds hard. It is. That's what is expected of you. But it's worth it and if you organize yourself and have a plan, you'll get there! Best of luck!
Totally agree. If the PSAT can be taken freshmen year, do it. I also agree that was a solid write up by @JohnMcLane. Great overall checklist.Good writeup but no need to wait until Junior Year to begin SAT/ACT. When I get candidates starting early, I recommend a test during Sophomore year. The tests are not so advanced as to make it a Junior/Senior only test.
Didn't know you could take tests earlier than junior year, but yes, do any and everything as early as possible missing no opportunities!Good writeup but no need to wait until Junior Year to begin SAT/ACT. When I get candidates starting early, I recommend a test during Sophomore year. The tests are not so advanced as to make it a Junior/Senior only test.
Didn't know you could take tests earlier than junior year, but yes, do any and everything as early as possible missing no opportunities!
My oldest son took the SAT in 7th grade as it was a requirement for a gifted and talented program. We had to schedule it the same way thatDidn't know you could take tests earlier than junior year, but yes, do any and everything as early as possible missing no opportunities!