NASS. Still haven't heard anything

I applied in February for the NASS and haven't heard anything since. A friend of mine who applied at the same time got in within the first few weeks of us applying but I haven't heard wether I have been accepted or rejected.

Either way, if I receive session 2 I can't go because of Boys State, so I won't be too bummed out if I'm not accepted.

When should I expect to hear anything from the USNA about NASS?
 

x10

Member
At this point they will probably drag it out until 4/15 the date they say everyone will know by. Admissions has done an excellent job of giving us a small taste of what it must be like next year waiting for an appointment or the TWE. It's miserable, but apparently something to get used to.
 
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Old Navy BGO

5-Year Member
Keep in mind ... NASS is an USNA outreach program, not an indicator of your qualification or competitiveness in any way. The target audience is those underserved areas , whether it be urban or rural. If you live in one of the areas that has a lot of candidates, or have known all your life that you want to attend USNA, you really aren't the purpose of the program. No sense sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear ...there is plenty of opportunity for that next year.
 

Ravens

Member
Keep in mind ... NASS is an USNA outreach program, not an indicator of your qualification or competitiveness in any way. The target audience is those underserved areas , whether it be urban or rural. If you live in one of the areas that has a lot of candidates, or have known all your life that you want to attend USNA, you really aren't the purpose of the program. No sense sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear ...there is plenty of opportunity for that next year.
I agree that NASS is an outreach program and is looking to serve unrepresented areas, however, I disagree on the statement about who the program is supposed to be for. There are lots of candidates who live an area that gets tons of applicants each year, but that doesn't mean that the particular applicant is fully aware of what USNA has to offer. I have seen several members of SAF post that they were late to the SA game, so I don't think they should not be selected for NASS because they happen to live in a high concentration applicant area. Unfortunately, the odds of them getting selected is lower due to this fact. I don't agree with stereotyping applicants, however, this program seems to do just that. It's like saying you live in a state with a professional baseball team so you should know everything about baseball. How accurate is that statement!
 

daninoah

Member
Keep in mind ... NASS is an USNA outreach program, not an indicator of your qualification or competitiveness in any way. The target audience is those underserved areas , whether it be urban or rural. If you live in one of the areas that has a lot of candidates, or have known all your life that you want to attend USNA, you really aren't the purpose of the program. No sense sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear ...there is plenty of opportunity for that next year.
I agree that NASS is an outreach program and is looking to serve unrepresented areas, however, I disagree on the statement about who the program is supposed to be for. There are lots of candidates who live an area that gets tons of applicants each year, but that doesn't mean that the particular applicant is fully aware of what USNA has to offer. I have seen several members of SAF post that they were late to the SA game, so I don't think they should not be selected for NASS because they happen to live in a high concentration applicant area. Unfortunately, the odds of them getting selected is lower due to this fact. I don't agree with stereotyping applicants, however, this program seems to do just that. It's like saying you live in a state with a professional baseball team so you should know everything about baseball. How accurate is that statement!
I agree. Furthermore, my DS applied on the morning the applications opened. He's a bit disillusioned that acceptances (some) have gone out already and he's still waiting. We don't come from a military family; his interest is still strong in the USNA, but if he doesn't get it, there's no way he's going to apply. He needs this "dry run" at academy life to see if it's for him. I don't blame him. The commitment and challenges are real. NASS should be for lots of kids -- those in underserved areas and also those who the academy sees as potential leaders. If they're trying to sell the USNA to applicants, why not get the best and the brightest to come. After all, there are many other top academic choices out there.

I'm not into posting stats, etc for my kid. But if anyone wants to PM me, feel free.
 

Hawaii5OH

New Member
My son has not heard yet, either. However, he was invited to attend a CVW and absolutely LOVED his experience. Shadowing a midshipman, attending classes, chow, etc. gave him a feel for what it would be like to attend the USNA. I think his CVW experience could more accurately represented the USNA life than summer camp. But I could be wrong. He is my oldest, so college applications are new to us!
 
My son has not heard yet, either. However, he was invited to attend a CVW and absolutely LOVED his experience. Shadowing a midshipman, attending classes, chow, etc. gave him a feel for what it would be like to attend the USNA. I think his CVW experience could more accurately represented the USNA life than summer camp. But I could be wrong. He is my oldest, so college applications are new to us!
I definitely agree that CVW is an awesome experience! I attended it in January and stayed with 7th company. I was able to see the "dark days" of the academy and many of the plebes that I met would agree that CVW is a much more enriching experience at the Academy. Because of that, I have focused 100% towards going to the academy.
 

x10

Member
I agree. Furthermore, my DS applied on the morning the applications opened. He's a bit disillusioned that acceptances (some) have gone out already and he's still waiting. We don't come from a military family; his interest is still strong in the USNA, but if he doesn't get it, there's no way he's going to apply. He needs this "dry run" at academy life to see if it's for him. I don't blame him. The commitment and challenges are real. NASS should be for lots of kids -- those in underserved areas and also those who the academy sees as potential leaders. If they're trying to sell the USNA to applicants, why not get the best and the brightest to come. After all, there are many other top academic choices out there.

I'm not into posting stats, etc for my kid. But if anyone wants to PM me, feel free.
Agree, my son is in the same situation. We live far from the Academy. To travel for a visit will require more than just him going, which adds to the time and expense. This would be a great opportunity and it's possible for him to go by himself to the Academy and see if it's the right fit for him. Also, great to pass off the CFA.

The part I don't like is they have done rolling admissions but not rolling declines. Pretty tough to see acceptances each week not knowing if he is still in the mix. Had he been turned down in January we could have moved on and worked on other summer plans.
 

Old Navy BGO

5-Year Member
Folks .... not trying to cause a stir here, but reciting what BGO's are told by Admissions. The primary goal of NASS is outreach. CVW is the program for those strong candidates who want to see what life as a Midshipman is like. I am sure everyone would like to go to either, or both, but the fact remains that there are limited resources and not everyone can attend. My comment was for the candidates like Daninoah's son - don't be discouraged , the selection for NASS does not reflect whether he is competitive, or even USNA's interest in him. If not acccepted to NASS, get your application in and ask your BGO if he/she can recommend a CVW.

For those that don't agree with or like the process...sorry, but it is what it is ....I see a number of new names and low post counts, and can only presume its the beginning of the 2022 cycle. I recognize that all the parents here want what is best for their DS/DD, but keep in mind that a Service Academy is not like all the other colleges they are applying for. USNA , like the Navy itself, has a mission to perform, and the needs of USNA/Navy will always come before the likes/dislikes of the individual.
 

Ravens

Member
Sorry Old Navy BGO, I wasn't trying to start a stir either. I was just trying to provide another point of view. Fortunately, Annapolis is right down the street and we can go and visit anytime. This is not the case for most applicants, so I understand their discouragement in the NASS application process. A dry run - whether a CVW or NASS, is extremely important to them. The rolling admissions is cool, but rolling denials should accompany those. USMA does both in regards to SLE. It gives applicants a chance to participate in another event if they know their denial status earlier. As for my DD, she had no interest in attending USNA. She was a do or die West Pointer....but interests change in these young people when curiousity grows and slowly the possibility of attending another SA crept up. My DD went and watched a game last weekend and will be attending CVW next weekend and is looking forward to the opportunity. Thank you for all you insightful posts. The parents of the potential class of 2022 mid appreciate the guidance.
 

x10

Member
Yes, much appreciate all the insight from everyone here. Our first contact with the Academy has been to apply to NASS in preparation for class of 2022. To those who have done CVW already how did you get invited? Thanks.
 

PlanAhead

Member
My DS as well. Oh well, it wasn't unexpected given where we live. He's attending a CVW next week which may actually turn him off the idea of applying completely. Either that, or he'll love it and we'll begin a year-long roller coaster ride. :D
Now we can plan our summer. :)
 
DS got his NASS rejection with no waitlist. He does have a deferred CVW due to a football injury he can reschecule. We are thinking that's why.

Next up, application for a cyber camp at Norwich!
 

daninoah

Member
DS got rejected. And he's confused and dejected. No waitlist, and hasn't been invited to CVW. It might be time to focus elsewhere.
 
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