Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Alameda2099, Jun 10, 2018.
Is anyone familiar with the acceptance rate of repeat applicants?
The common gouge is that reapplicants have a higher success rate, but a lot depends upon how competitive the applicant was in the first place and what they did in the interim. There is a good sticky at the top of this page with advice.
I'm not aware of USNA publishing the info you request.
You have to consider the numbers you're looking at -- those who start the process or those who were competitive. Many reapplicants end up loving their civilian school and pull their applications. Others may fail to obtain a nom. Anecdotally, those who were close the first time and do extremely well in the plebe courses, while keeping active in sports and ECAs, generally do well. That said, there are folks on this site who reapplied and were turned down -- as well as those who were admitted.
An applicant who wasn't competitive the first go around isn't going to be competitive simply because they try again -- you need to be realistic, look at your strengths and weaknesses, and perhaps talk to your Admissions Counselor, to determine where you can improve (or whether you "were close."). While completely unofficial, as an observation, the longer you were in the game ( waitlist, TWE in May, etc), the better the chances.
DS tried twice and got TWE both times with nominations. Went to Maritime Academy and got his commission on USS Constitution (great ceremony but don't stand up fast). There are many ways to your goals. Now USNR Officer on USNS Ship somewhere in the Pacific
Why would the OP care about USNA reapplication rates if planning to attend WP???
I’ve never really understood how the academies can realistically expect this of a person in college, especially a student who is pursuing an engineering degree (as many of the academies like to see). When I was in college, I had little time for anything outside of my studies. Granted, I may have been able to pursue more extracurricular activities or maybe even sports, but I am certain that my GPA would have suffered and I may have not even passed all of my courses, especially the upper level math and engineering ones. I’m not saying it’s impossible to do both, but it would certainly be a struggle.
USNA is realistic. They want to see you doing something b/c, at USNA, you'll be taking courses just as hard (and probably more credit hours). Sports is mandatory and, while ECAs aren't, there is a ton of admin-stuff that fills time like an ECA in college. If you can't handle it at college, USNA questions whether you can at USNA.
I had a terrible Plebe year from an academic standpoint but finished in the upper half of my class so you can see that I had pretty decent academics over the final three years and I had 6 seasons of Varsity during those same three years as well as at least a reasonable social life.
Being successful your first year requires you to balance many different things. You will take five academic classes, around 18 hours as some are 4.5 hours each. You will also have physical education classes which are not basketweaving and also have a few additional hours of military science. On top of the scheduled classes, you will have numerous plebe duties as well as drill and some sort of intramural athletics. If you happen to be a Corps Squad athlete, the academic load stays the same but the other duties tend to shift more to practice time during your season.
The whole purpose is to teach you how to manage time and deal with uncertainty; just like you will do as a young officer.
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