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Westpoint admissions: Any chance for a homeschooler?

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by alwaysdreamingtoobig, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. alwaysdreamingtoobig

    alwaysdreamingtoobig New Member

    Mar 31, 2013
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    Unfortunately as a home-schooled student I don't have many opportunities like sports, clubs or even AP classes. I know all of these things are very important in admissions (to any college really) I'm worried that this is going to hurt my chances severely.
    I do have good test scores though
    WP is a big dream of mine, I'm worried I'm going to have to put it away
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2013
  2. Dixieland

    Dixieland 5-Year Member

    Mar 10, 2010
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    Yes, home-schoolers get in West Point.

    I suggest you use the Search feature and hunt for "home school". Someone else inquired about this about a month ago.
  3. مارشال

    مارشال New Member

    Feb 25, 2013
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    Don't give up on your dream

    Don't give up on your dream. You absolutely have the ability to gain acceptance to West Point. I'm a senior this year and was homeschooled most of high school and was accepted to USNA and am on the NWL for WP because I didn't win the vacancy for my Senatorial nomination. I also have three friends who were homeschooled who got into West Point this admission cycle.

    When you are homeschooled you have a lot more opportunities for extra curricular activities. I ran cross country with a homeschooled team. I did five years of debate (there are homeschooled leagues - NCFCA, Stoa - as well as the public league - NFL) and then went to state in mock trial and quarterfinals at the national moot court championship. I did a ton of forensics related stuff and the list goes on, but it was an area where I could demonstrate leadership in place of things like getting student body president.

    If you still have time, try to become an eagle scout. I didn't, but I feel it definitely helps.

    As a homeschooler I was able to take dual credit classes at my local community college for free. You also CAN take APs as a homeschooler. You need to call around to local schools and they will allow you to take APs with their students. I'm graduating with 7 AP's and 26 hours of college credits.

    I also decided I wanted to attend a service academy during my sophmore year and I looked for ways where I could differentiate myself and being a recruited athlete wasn't going to be one of those. I'm in good shape and am a runner but I'm nowhere close to being competitive at the collegiate level. So I started taking Arabic my junior year in the evenings at college and for my senior year, got a scholarship to attend a top boarding school in Jordan for Arabic immersion (which is why I've been homeschooled throughout most of high school and not all of it). I think my Arabic proficiency definitely helped me in the admissions process as I can get by pretty fluently.

    Don't let being homeschooled dampen your dream. You're in a different situation but that's not a bad thing. If you make use of every opportunity available to you and work to create new ones, your dream is a very realistic goal. If you want any information on things that I did or want me to put you in contact with some of my other friends who got into West Point this year I'd be glad to.
  4. TheChicagoan

    TheChicagoan 5-Year Member

    Nov 26, 2011
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    Yup, don't loose hope! The "person" who led my SLS "group" last year was a cadet who was home-schooled! (Sorry, don't exactly remember all the military lingo)


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