What are my chances of getting into a service academy?

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  1. davisY

    davisY New Member

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    I have been very dedicated in going to the military after college, and decided that a service acadeny would be a great route if I could get accepted. I am a junior in high school ranked top 4 percent in my class of 240 (gpa 4.0) and am going to get my sat to 1350 or higher (1280 now) by my senior year. I play football and am also involved in clubs including Vice President of the key club in my town, including a youth leader at my church. Assuming I get the senator recommendation, what would be my chances of being accepted into, say, the USAFA as some form of engineer major?

    Thanks for anything!
    Davis
     
  2. Aldo.dector

    Aldo.dector Member

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    No one can really tell you your chances because we aren’t the ones reviewing your file or anything of that sort, but as long as you keep pushing yourself to your limits and prove you have great leadership abilities, your can be a very strong candidate. Best of luck
     
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  3. davisY

    davisY New Member

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    I understand. Thank you for the advice!
     
  4. talltrees

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    I’m also a vp of key club, do you think since it’s a kiawanis .org it will help
     
  5. rutl12

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    Sign up for the boys State program through the American Legion. It helps a TON with your application.
     
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    Make sure you’re taking the hardest classes your school has to offer, especially in STEM and English, and excel in them. That counts far more than GPA. Demonstrate real leadership impact, which is not the same thing as holding a title or doing a lot of extracurriculars. And start working now on the CFA, focusing on your trouble spots.
     
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    Yes sir, I am taking calculus next year and will graduate with 6 math credits (took one over the summer) and every AP class I can. I will work on the CFA stuff on top of regular workouts, thanks!

    -Davis
     
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    davisY New Member

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    I’m not sure, I’ll try to find out and let you know.
     
  9. davisY

    davisY New Member

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    How would I sign up for this? Is it too late if I’m a junior this year?
     
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    A1Janitor Banned

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    Go contact your guidance counselor immediately.

    If you get any resistance - go straight to the American Legion.
     
  11. Panther32

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    If I were you I would shoot for an sat of 1400+. All my friends / kids at my school that applied all had 1400 or above. And out of all of them (mind you they were all involved heavily in leadership and sports programs) only 1 received and appointment (1 out of 10). I just don’t see a 1350 being enough based on what your resume provided. But that’s just my two cents as an appointee , I am by no means an expert.

     
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    The profile for the Class of 2022 lists the following middle 50% ranges:
    * Read/Writing: 630-710 (670 mean)
    * Math: 650-740 (695 mean)

    If you feel that you may be lacking in the depth of your ECs and leadership experience, you may want to target to be at least at the top of the 50% ranges (1,460) instead of the mean of these scores (1,365).
     
  13. USAFA222

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    My kid got rejected with SAT 1490 (math 790), ACT 34 (math 36), top 3% in his class of 300, GPA 4.6 (4.9 in his senior year), maxed CFA and got MOC nomination, two varsity sports (football and wrestling, captain), more than 600 hours of volunteering service, full time jobs every summer, part time during school months, all AP and Dual Enrollment stem classes (most exams for these classes he got 5, a couple of 4), competitive math, physics, coding, etc, great recommendation letters from a retired general and retired Navy Seal (both know him personally and were astonished that he didn't get an appointment) - I can list a lot of other things that he did/does, but he still got rejected by the academy. You have to try HARD and do the BEST you can, but sometimes it still not enough, because you never really know what exactly Academy needs this year. But you have to enjoy what you do, because if you get rejected, you will not feel like you did it all for nothing. Do it for yourself, just to become better at everything you do.
    It took 5 minutes for my kid to get over his TWE and move on doing the same things he enjoyed before - working with homeless, boating and hiking with friends, studying for his next AP tests, working out and spending time with his family and his dog.
     
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  14. BigPapa3

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    Wow! You should be proud of your son. What a resume! He should have a lot of options. May I ask what state or area you live in? That can have a big impact. If you live in NYC or Minnesota your chances are good as not many folks apply but if you live in Texas or Colorado it's 'hyper' competitive per USAFA contacts.
     
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    You guessed it right :) Colorado is a very competitive State... And he did get accepted into every college that he applied to as his plan B. USAFA was his dream school, but with his abilities and drive I don't really worry about him getting to his goal of making this world a better place to live, without being in a military. We are an immigrant family and he got to see other parts of the world to realize that there are millions ways to serve people. He will just need to work harder to make sure he can afford college education in his plan B schools :) Merit scholarships are tiny if you pick good schools but your parents are both alive, not minority and financially stable (make 80K/year).
     
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    Hey y'all. I'm currently a sophomore at the academy.
    There are many factors that are taken into consideration, I'm sure, when selecting an appointee, but here is my opinion on the process.

    If you have a mother or father that went to the academy, you will get accepted GUARANTEED. If your mother or father is an officer or enlisted, your chances are higher (although I have a close friend whose dad is a current Lt Col and she was offered the Falcon Scholarship before coming here). I have another friend who is a Jew, and I'm convinced that the academy will be more likely to accept you on this religious stance. Also if possible and desired, practice the Jewish religion before coming here because there are many benefits in doing so. During Christmas break of freshman year the Jewish cadets are granted a free trip to Israel, excluding the airfare to get to JFK. They also get to miss class for religious accommodations and holidays, and get to visit other college campuses across the country (Texas A&M is one) at least once per semester.
    Also I wasn't a perfect student before coming here. I received a 1280 on my SAT and had few As and many Bs throughout high school. I also got a D in my senior physics class. I had a good soccer background to add to my application, although a girl in my squadron did not have any sports to put down. I wasn't too confident in my interviews, but somehow got an appointment.
    In all, I think the selection process is random.
    Please feel free to ask any more questions....
     
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    How many Jewish applicants got turned down?

    How many Jewish members are there at the USAFA?

    Was religion on the application at all?
     
  18. BlueBulldog

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    >>what would be my chances of being accepted into, say, the USAFA as some form of engineer major?

    Very many do try and almost all are denied.

    That said your chances are exactly zero if you don't try , the good news it's more or less free except for the time and effort...

    Your class rank looks to be 9 of 240 that's not going to excite them all that much, 1280 SAT isn't going to impress that much either

    My advice is to apply. Train and SMOKE the fitness test. Do something to make an impact in the sports and clubs you're in.

    Apply to ROTC, other scholarships. If the cadet life style not just the free college is attractive looks at Citadel , VMI and the other senior military colleges
     
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  19. TexasAggie204

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    Dang, might be worth converting...
     
  20. gabbyw

    gabbyw 5-Year Member

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    Yup, and find an Academy grad to adopt you.
     
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