What are my chances of getting into the Naval Academy?

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Vedic Aryan, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Vedic Aryan

    Vedic Aryan 5-Year Member

    Aug 4, 2010
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    I'm a sophomore, about to be a junior now. I do XC and track all year, have a 3.8 GPA, an officer in NJROTC, an officer in civil air patrol, plenty of hours of community service, played clarinet for 6 years, played piano a bit and some saxophone. Fluent in another language (Tamil), am a minority (as you know by my name), and know 3 people that attended the academy.

    With all these being said.

    What are my chances?

    Any comments?

  2. jbowman55

    jbowman55 USNA Parent 2014 5-Year Member

    Oct 14, 2009
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    It’s really hard to say at this point. You don't know what your competition is going to look like for Class of 2016.

    When my daughter was in 7th grade, she asked a USNA graduate what she should do to prepare for the Academy. He told her: take the hardest courses you can handle, play as many sports as you can do well in, find an extra-curricular activity you can be of service in and take a leadership role in.

    It looks like you are doing that.

    The next thing I would suggest is to look at your US Representative’s website and examine their application. See what kind of essays are required. Then, be ready on Feb 1 when the applications open for Summer Seminar. That will give you a better idea about life at the academy and motivation for your application.

    One more thing: identify your English and Math teachers you want to write your recommendations. Make sure they know you well enough to do a good job.

    Best wishes.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2010
  3. 777flier

    777flier 5-Year Member

    Sep 22, 2009
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    Vedic Aryan, this is to pay homage to the ancient Vedic Ksatriya (warrior) heritage. Sanskrit, along with Tamil, is among the earliest of languages:

    Om sanno Mitra san Varuna
    Sanno Bhavataryama Sanna Indro Brihaspatih
    Sanno Vishnururukramah
    Namo Brahmane, Namaste Vayo
    Tvameva pratyaksham Brahmasi
    Tvameva pratyaksham Brahmavadishyami
    Rtam vadishyami Satyam vadishyami
    Tanmamavatu tatvaktaramavatu
    Avatu mam avatu vaktaram
    Om shanti, shanti, shanti

    Re your chances: keep your focus narrow and do not deviate from the end goal. Study, stay healthy and become physically and mentally strong, study, stay out of trouble, study (this advice is adapted from an earlier post by Memphis).

    Good luck!

    P.S. apply for summer seminar (NASS) your junior year.

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