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The "What are my chances?" Thread

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by synapse, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. synapse

    synapse USMA Appointee 2015 5-Year Member

    Jan 2, 2011
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    As a lurker on this fine forum, I've noticed that one in every five to ten new threads is a "hi, I'm interested in the service academies, please let me know if you think that I can get in".

    As someone who just finished going through this process, I completely understand how you feel, and that every prospective candidate is nervous about whether or not they are competitive when compared to everyone else.

    That being said, I feel that a dedicated thread for all these questions and concerns would have two advantages:

    The first is that for those who want to know how they stack up, they can also conveniently see how other people have fared, and maybe some of their questions will already have been answered.

    The second is that we won't have 9000+ loose threads floating around about "is my SAT score high enough?" or "should I do more extracurriculars?"

    This is just my idea. I'm hoping someone else here agrees; if not then I'm perfectly content to let this thread just fade away into obscurity.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2011
  2. TheHarderRight

    TheHarderRight USMA Appointee 2015 5-Year Member

    Oct 23, 2010
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  3. marciemi

    marciemi 5-Year Member

    Feb 5, 2009
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    I think that's a great idea! :thumb: Right now seems like on the USAFA forum it's more like 1 out of every 2! :rolleyes:
  4. mtnman17

    mtnman17 USMA Appointee 2015 5-Year Member

    Jan 25, 2010
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  5. MemberLG

    MemberLG 5-Year Member

    Jan 4, 2011
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    Understand where potential applicants are coming from but for 95% of applicants it won't matter knowing what your chances are

    - if you decided not to apply to a SA because someone tells you on an internet forum your chance is bad, perhaps you are not worthy of SA and becoming a military officer. Where is your self confidence, where is your desire, where is your intelligence?

    - Sometimes I wonder as, at least to me, what it takes (qualitatively) to get accepted by SAs in well known - (i.e. SAT/ACT, GPA, school activities, leadership, and etc). At least 50% of the questions I get from West Point applicants are posted on the Admissions Website. The current generation is supposed to internet/technology savy, but some of them can't find information from the internet?

    - For some applicants, it's just too late. If you are a junior now have 2.5 GAP, been taking easy classes, played no sports, your chance is close to zero.

    - At what point kids interested in SA be responsible for themselves and make judgments for themselves. Yes, I as a FFR can coach an applicant through the whole process. But I won't be with him or her at a SA coaching him or her through gaduation.

    - Another thing we can't predict is the competition. I know several kids that are above the national average but his or her competition in the same nomination category is just better.

    Have self confidence, do you best (not good enough to get in), and hope for the best.

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