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Summer Seminar Acceptance

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by jackdallen, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. jackdallen

    jackdallen Member

    Aug 22, 2015
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    Hello Everybody,

    I have heard that summer seminar is more difficult to get accepted to than the actual academy? I have heard that if you get accepted into summer seminar and you have many of the other basic requirements taken care of that your chances are pretty good in getting an appointment. Is this true?

  2. Usnavy2019

    Usnavy2019 Member

    Mar 31, 2013
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    Both statements aren't entirely true. Summer Seminar mainly is for very highly performing applicants and applicants that come from under-represented areas (Alaska, North Dakota, etc.) with the hope they come back and generate interest in the Naval Academy. Also, there are many people who don't get an appointment who attended NASS just like there are many people who didn't attend NASS and got in. However, if you perform highly at NASS if you get in, that could help you get an LOA. A few people on here received an LOA and the Dean of Admissions wrote them a personal note on the back--commending them on their high performance at NASS. Just keep in mind, getting an appointment or not mostly depends on how you stack up in your congressional district. Best of luck!
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  3. USNA Hopeful '20

    USNA Hopeful '20 Member

    Jun 26, 2015
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    NASS is only more competitive because they take people from areas where there is less interest in the Academy. Only about 30% of the class attended NASS which is roughly 350 kids so as you can see NASS attendance does not largely impact the application. There are certainly exceptions such as an outstanding performance, but overall Summer Seminar is a recruiting tool, not a application tool.
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  4. midmom20

    midmom20 Member

    Apr 19, 2015
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    While I have read similar responses, our DS is from right here in Md. He was honored to be selected and really confirmed his decision to apply. I have learned many things with this forum. But the most important one is to never assume one's chances of getting selected. So many young men and women who are exceptional with the desire to serve our country. I am in awe.
  5. parent

    parent Member

    Aug 27, 2014
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    I believe only 1/3 of current brigade went to SS. Help possibly. Hurt: Probably not. It is a very competitive process. Just put together the best package you can and let the chips fall.
  6. time2

    time2 5-Year Member

    Jul 17, 2007
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    The selection process for the two aren't really related. NASS is more of a recruiting effort and they try to invite many who might not otherwise be interested in or even thought of USNA as as option. Many attend and realize this is NOT for them and therefore never continue with the application process. Getting turned down for NASS doesn't have an impact on getting an appointment and you shouldn't try to use one as a barometer of the other. The USNA appointment process considers a LOT more factors than used for NASS. As with most things dealing with the SA's, any number of people will offer you hunches/speculation/rumors...etc. and while they mean well, in many cases you will eventually realize they have no idea what they are talking about.

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