Westpoint admissions: Any chance for a homeschooler?

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  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 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 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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