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Transfer from SMC to SA?

Discussion in 'Publicly and Privately Funded Military Colleges' started by AVT, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. AVT

    AVT USAFA 2015 5-Year Member

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    Hi, I am curious how frequent it is for someone to transfer from a senior military college to a service academy after their first or second years there?
    I'm sure that many of you have chosen a service academy as your first choice, but then was admitted to a senior military college, did you decide to stay or did you try to apply for a service academy?
     
  2. RahVaMil2009

    RahVaMil2009 5-Year Member

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    I know of a few who transferred from VMI to West Point after rat year... to include General Patton. :smile:

    I don't know exactly how common this is. I can only think of 2 in my four years of the top of my head (and they both went to USMA), but there may have been more. I may just have not known where they went when they didn't come back to the Institute.

    The main drawback I can see is that, in general, the SA's do not accept transfer credit. I seem to recall hearing once that USNA will take a certain number of a certain type of transfer credits, but I do not know much about that. It's really worth checking out before spending money on an entire year of tuition at an SMC though.
     
  3. bruno

    bruno 5-Year Member Retired Staff Member

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    Transfer isn't really the word you want use- basically you are applying for appointment to a Service Academy. Unlike a transfer from one civilian college to another and moving your credits with you, going from any college- to include an SMC- to a Service Academy will leave you with - 4 years at the Service Academy. A couple of kids from my son's class (VMI class of 2012) went to a Service Academy after their Rat year. I can't really speak for them but I suspect that it is a tough call to make as you will have invested a lot mentally, physically and academically into that 4th class year at VMI or the Citadel.
     
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  4. AVT

    AVT USAFA 2015 5-Year Member

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    So, most people do not go to an SMC if they weren't accepted to their SA pick?
     
  5. TurkishRunner

    TurkishRunner 5-Year Member

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    I'm not sure, but I would definitely assume so.
     

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