LOA Worthy CFA?

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  1. conjbuck

    conjbuck 5-Year Member

    May 23, 2011
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    BBall throw: 69 ft
    Pullups: 15
    Shuttle: 9.2 seconds
    Crunches: 90
    Pushups: 70
    Mile: 6:01

    Does anyone know if this CFA is good enough for an LOA? I know that they upped the standards this year. I also am the captain for my XC team. I am the EIC of a publication. I have a superscore of 30 on the ACT. I have a 3.75 and have taken 4 AP classes with 3 on the schedule for this year.

    So, do I have a chance?
  2. USMA2016

    USMA2016 Appointee - Class of 2016 5-Year Member

    Dec 19, 2010
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    Those are great scores, but I think academics and ECs will be more heavily looked at in regards to LOAs. Class rank and test scores make up 60% of your WCS while the CFA is only 10%
  3. dhawbaker

    dhawbaker 5-Year Member

    Mar 17, 2010
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    USMA2016 is right, LOA's tend to be more dependent on academics rather than physical standards. West Point wants to make sure you can keep up with the academic challenge of the academy. They can always whip you into shape during CBT if necessary.

    The question "Do I have a chance?" is not a question that can be easily answered. Yes, you have a chance, but so does every other 15,000 applicants. A lot of whether you really have a chance or not is dependent on several factors, how many people are applying from your congressional district? How competitive are the other applicants from your district? How strong is your overall application in comparison to the other applicants in your district, and eventually the national pool? Did your interview with your MALO or FFR go well? There are too many factors that come into play to decide whether or not you are competitive for entrance into the academy.

    A much better person to be asking the question whether you are competitive or not would be your MALO or FFR. They will most likely know about where you sit in comparison to the other applicants from your district.
  4. BigNick

    BigNick 5-Year Member

    Jun 28, 2010
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    Getting an LOA

    My son is a member of the Class of 2015 and I am a West Point Graduate and a former member of the Admissions team. You will get some good advice on this forum but here are several VERY IMPORTANT THINGS:
    1. Get all of your information to Admissions NOW!!! If someone (teacher) agency (school) or anyone else is not responding to your requests be VERY PROACTIVE and get the information. If admissions does not turn an icon from Red to Green within 3-5 days of you submitting the information CALL THEM. Do not just let "nature take its course". I can tell you that there are MANY very highly qualifed people not in West Point because they were late getting their info in.
    2. Try your best to get an LOA. Yes - hundreds of people get in each year without LOAs but they are important. When you get an LOA a space is reserved for you (based on some conditions). West Point has - in effect - committed to you. In my experience, the people who tend to tell you LOAs are not important are people who were not successful themselves.
    3. When West Point ask you for new information (this happens several times in the process almost up to the last minute) get that information in NOW!
    There are thousands of great young men and women wanting the approximately 1200 slots - do not give the Admissions people any reason to eliminate you - speeding tickets, drop in grades, slow responses, laid-back attitude etc.

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