usa2022

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I am currently a sophomore at a high school with 850+ kids. I am in the top 10% of my class and have an unweighted GPA of 4.0 (weighted is about 4.65). I am currently enrolled in AP US and AP Lang and plan on taking at least 6 more AP classes. I play JV football and do winter and spring track and field. Also, I am in class council, I am a school senator, on the high honor roll, in math national honor society, and in Civil Air Patrol (Flight Sergeant). Based on this (I have a bit of time to add more things since I am a sophomore) what would my chances be of getting into USAFA? Would there be anything I could do to further strengthen my application? Thank you for your time.
 

BBQ-Devil

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It's really hard to chance anyone. Admissions is not just about how good you are but how well you compare to others in your district. You can find lots of threads here about MOC nominations and the details about how all of that works.

You look good so far and I encourage you to take the hardest classes you can in HS (especially STEM classes), continue to look for quality leadership opportunities, and work hard to get a good SAT/ACT score. If this is your goal do your research and know all the steps and what each SA looks for.

But in all of this don't forget to live! Have fun and enjoy HS. A SA is just means to an end and it only part of a journey.

 

usa2022

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It's really hard to chance anyone. Admissions is not just about how good you are but how well you compare to others in your district. You can find lots of threads here about MOC nominations and the details about how all of that works.

You look good so far and I encourage you to take the hardest classes you can in HS (especially STEM classes), continue to look for quality leadership opportunities, and work hard to get a good SAT/ACT score. If this is your goal do your research and know all the steps and what each SA looks for.

But in all of this don't forget to live! Have fun and enjoy HS. A SA is just means to an end and it only part of a journey.


Thanks so much for the reply! I'll just work my hardest and try to succeed, but you're right it is important to have fun as well.
 

usnagirl

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I am currently a sophomore at a high school with 850+ kids. I am in the top 10% of my class and have an unweighted GPA of 4.0 (weighted is about 4.65). I am currently enrolled in AP US and AP Lang and plan on taking at least 6 more AP classes. I play JV football and do winter and spring track and field. Also, I am in class council, I am a school senator, on the high honor roll, in math national honor society, and in Civil Air Patrol (Flight Sergeant). Based on this (I have a bit of time to add more things since I am a sophomore) what would my chances be of getting into USAFA? Would there be anything I could do to further strengthen my application? Thank you for your time.
Good chance, start working on your SAT now and you can crack it next year. A high SAT score is likely to earn an LOA if you can keep your current grades and pass CFA. Good Luck and stay focussed on your goal
 

MidCakePa

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A high SAT score is likely to earn an LOA if you can keep your current grades and pass CFA.

Be very careful here! This just isn’t true. A high SAT plus high grades plus strong CFA don’t make it “likely” that one will get an LOA. Because each year, thousands bring exactly these credentials, and only a very small percentage get an LOA. And some who do get an LOA do not check all of these boxes.

Please do not spread false hope. And candidates, do not worry about the LOA. The offer of appointment is the thing!
 

Vaquero

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As MidCakePa says, it is difficult to assess anyone's "chances." There are too many variables and many qualified candidates. That being said, my opinion is that a high ACT/SAT score is very important: it is the equalizer when attempting to weigh class standing, AP classes, and academic strength of various high schools. The ACT/SAT score is a common denominator.

The two tests are different. Some perform better on one than the other. Take both early, determine which you perform better on, and then prep well, continuing to take it until you have a score you are happy with. Remember, the SAs superscore and focus on the english and math scores in particular. West Point requires the writing portion.
 
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