Out of curiosity, what are my chances?

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by wolfeer, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. wolfeer

    wolfeer 5-Year Member

    Aug 8, 2011
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    I can no longer afford school, so I was thinking about applying for transfer to USNA. (Yes, I understand I will still stay there for 4 years regardless.)

    I am a 20 year old current undergraduate at a small-er liberal arts university.

    Currently a Chemistry Major. GPA: 3.69

    I've taken numerous college sciences classes

    2 semesters of Principles of Biology I & II + Labs ("A" in all 4 course)
    2 semesters of Principles of Chemistry I & II + Labs ("A-" average for 3 all 4)
    Microbiology + Lab ("A")
    2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology + Labs ("A-" average)
    2 semesters of Organic Chemistry + Labs ("A-" average..thank God haha)
    2 semesters of Principles of Physics + Labs ("A-" average)

    I have also taken many High School science classes
    AP Physics A
    Health Technologies

    High School GPA


    SAT Scores
    700 Reading
    600 Math

    Ran cross country for 2 years in high school, 2 letters
    Ran track for 3 years in high school, 2 letters
    Ran cross country for 1 year in college
    3 time marathon finisher
    (3:46:00, 3:19:00, 3:09:00)
    Distance cyclist

    Volunteer a lot (weekly for 2 years) at an bilingual Spanish-English organization helping Latin American children assimilate in public schools.
    Vice President of the environmental club at my college

    What do you guys think?
  2. Memphis9489

    Memphis9489 5-Year Member

    Oct 27, 2008
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    You look competitive to me! Your math SAT scores could be a little higher, but they're OK.

    I word of caution before you start the application process: Don't focus on the fact that the Naval Academy provides a FREE* education. There has to be a part of you that is genuinely interested in becoming a Naval officer and serving your country.

    * Actually, it's more than FREE. They pay you to attend.
  3. JettAirliner

    JettAirliner USNA Appointee 2016 5-Year Member

    Jun 29, 2011
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    Aye, for five years. You might as well get started on the application. And you'd probably better get to it quick - I believe first admissions board deadline is September, right?
  4. pezska

    pezska 5-Year Member

    Feb 22, 2011
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    BGO told DD 8/26 for first scheduled meeting of the Admissions Board
  5. Whistle Pig

    Whistle Pig Banned

    Jun 9, 2006
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    I'm concerned about what you've shared. As Memphis notes, unless you are a diversity target, your math is minimal, low most would say. And fueling my concern about your candidacy is your total absence of any reported math. How have you done in calculus?

    And where is your MOC district?

    Have you explored transferring to a public institution w/ ROTC scholarship possibilities?

    While many disagree, yours is a classic case for USNA providing at least careful scrutiny of cases like yours. At best, and to my knowledge, there is no policy to prevent your pursuing this.

    No offense, but you've been honest and clear as to your primary motivation. You get A for honesty. And I'm being honest and clear about my opinions about your potential, your motivation, and USNA's posture and policies re: yours and situations similar. Many can and do relate to your financial situation. As a taxpayer watching retirement, SS and other assets and resources falling away, the extraordinary cost of funds, time, and opportunities potentially lost to others guide my own thinking relative to your question.

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