Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by mingram, Jan 16, 2014.
The Summer Seminar aplication is now open.
Good luck to all. This was an amazing experience for DS. (And for us. Our first vacation without kids in 18+ years) DS came back energized and more motivated to attend.
For all those applying, please understand that NASS is a MARKETING TOOL. This means the program is designed/intended/has as its primary purpose introducing USNA to people from schools and areas of the country from which USNA historically has had no/few applicants/appointees.
The import of this is that NASS applicants from underrepresented schools and areas are more likely to be accepted than equally -- or even better -- qualified applicants from areas/schools that historically send quite a few people to USNA. The reasoning is that, even if the person who attends NASS is not super-qualified, he/she will hopefully go back to his/her school and community and talk up USNA which in turn may encourage other, more qualified, students to consider the Academy.
Thus, the fact that someone IS accepted to NASS does not necessarily mean he/she is extremely well qualified for an appointment. Conversely -- and more importantly -- the fact someone is NOT accepted to NASS does not mean he/she isn't qualified for USNA, won't be accepted, etc.
NASS is a great program and, if you're interested in USNA, you should apply. However, if you aren't accepted, please don't be discouraged from applying to USNA.
Second DD is applying to NASS. If first DD is a graduate of USNA does that help or hurt? Definitely attending an underrepresented private school and first daughter was denied NASS but got CVW, nomination, and appointment. First Daughter told sister to never apply for NASS as she did not fit the profile for the MARKETING TOOL.
It all depends on who USNA is trying to market to this year. If your DD doesn't apply, she definitely won't get into NASS.
I know she won't get in if she doesn't apply. She has already applied to Air Force Summer and NASS and asked her sister if NASS application was a good thing to do? It can't hurt but LT said it was a waste of time from our area and her school.
If she's not accepted to NASS, she may be offered a CVW in the spring. That's what happened with my DS. He went in April, loved it, and upon returning home was very motivated to finish his USNA application.
1st Daughter loved CVW. Had a great time and only reinforced her love for the USNA. First now LT visited as a High School junior on a sailing trip with a stop in Annapolis. Second DD has been there many times and loves it. Mid Store is her first stop. Want's to go big time.
Definitely apply. As a BGO, I always ask my candidates if they applied. If they didn't, I ask why not. While there are many legitimate reasons, "I didn't think I fit the profile so I didn't try," isn't one of them.
Also, there are many folks who attend NASS who are just great candidates. The "problem" is that it's not a pure meritocracy. Some are selected solely b/c they're good and others, at least in part, as a marketing tool.
If you send in your application to NASS is it possible to update it when new test scores arrive?
Per NASS instructions, "Once an application is submitted, grade information, test scores, and extracurricular participation cannot be modified or supplemented."
Address for boarding school student
Our son who is interested in USNA and applying for NASS as a junior attends boarding school out of state. Should he use his current school address for application purposes and would his BGO assignment be based on the location of his boarding school? We suspect that is where interviews, physical / medical testing would need to take place. Also, would that be his congressional district. He attends school in CT. We live in FL.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Oh no, my district doesn't rank, and I put 1 for class rank and 1 for class size... Is that bad? I had no idea about what my class size was or even an idea of how I ranked within that.
They are asking for the size of your h.s. senior class. You should be able to obtain that information from your school register, career counselor, etc. Or estimate based on what you know.
Yes! There is at least one comment on the Naval Academy Admissions Facebook page that says if you don't have any scores yet, you can go ahead and apply and then contact them when you receive the scores and they can add them back in. Scores are helpful but not required for the NASS application. Get them in by the April 1 deadaline.
Ask your school counselor -- he/she should be able to give you the numbers (or a rough estimate). Rank 1 out of 1 looks like you are homeschooled, which isn't accurate in your situation. Then forward the information to USNA (or ask your school counselor to send it in).
Ok I will take care of that on Tuesday, but will they hold that against me or anything?
The class rank? No, I wouldn't think so ... I'm sure you're not the only one who guestimated. For NASS it's not the defining part of your application. For the actual USNA application, class rank is very important (along with ACT scores, gpa, etc). If your school doesn't rank, your counselor will submit info on your school and USNA will calculate what your class rank is. Don't worry about it.
If you're asking about your test scores, you can always submit higher test scores throughout the application process. In fact they encourage it, and USNA superscores, so if you get a higher math score on one test and a higher verbal score on another test, they will combine the two. Math and Verbal scores are the most important, but you should aim to get the highest score possible on all sections, whether you take the ACT or SAT. Also, if you don't do well on one test, try the other test -- some find they test better on one vs the other.
Ok thanks, but is it ok to send an email to them clarifying now just to make sure?
Yes -- just tell them you wrote down the incorrect class rank and will get the correct info from your school counselor next week. Include your name, high school, etc. Unless you have an email from the NASS application, there is an email link at the bottom of the application instructions.
Separate names with a comma.