What are my chances?

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Hello! Im in the class of 2025 and very interested in attending the naval, coast guard or merchant marine academy and I want to see roughly where I would stand. I am a white male coming from a high income family and I live in MD. I currently attend a college prep school and this upcoming school year (senior year) I will be doing full time dual enrollment at Mount Saint Mary's University in Maryland. Some of my stats include: 3.68 UW GPA, 4.09 W GPA, 740 EBRW SAT, 630 Math SAT and 4 AP's. I will have recommendation letters from a former Surface Warfare Officer, my Head of School and My Soccer Coach that I can choose from. I also currently have 147.5 service hours. I also transfered schools from a public highschool to my current school freshmen year. Some Activities I am involved in include:

Athletics:
Varsity Soccer - All 4 years of HS, Assist Leader sophomore and junior Season, Captain junior and upcoming senior season
Club Soccer - Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior year of HS. Received NCAA D3 offer, Assist Leader freshmen and sophomore seasons.
Varsity Indoor Track - Sophomore year, Fastest Team Mile Time of Season
Varsity Golf - Junior Year
Clubs:
NHS - Junior year
Campus Ministry - Sophomore and Junior Year
Volunteer Work
Head Coach of a U12 Soccer Team, spending 4 hours coaching per week
Co Organized a 5k race that raised over $10,000 for Saint James The Greater Church
Co Organized a Food Drive that provided 40+ families with Thanksgiving meals (Gr.11)
Food Server at Frederick Rescue Mission (Gr.10, Gr.11)
Retreat Leader (Gr. 11)
NHS AP Government Tutor (Gr.11)
Work Experience
Laborer at my parents construction company during the summer, sophomore and junior year, 40 hour work week
Freelance Personal Soccer Trainer, 5 hours a week.
Cashier & Farm Hand, freshmen year, 16 hours a week
 
I had slightly better academic stats and slightly worse extracurriculars than you. I was accepted to USMMA and waitlisted at coast guard. Based on my experience your current stats indicate a pretty good chance at getting into KP, but if you want to have a good chance at USCGA or USNA I would recommend improving your SAT.
 
I had slightly better academic stats and slightly worse extracurriculars than you. I was accepted to USMMA and waitlisted at coast guard. Based on my experience your current stats indicate a pretty good chance at getting into KP, but if you want to have a good chance at USCGA or USNA I would recommend improving your SAT.
Ok thank you, im scheduled to retake the SAT in august. Is there anything I should do outside of retaking the SAT? Also, If my math section does not improve, do you think I would still have a decent chance?
 
Note that your letters of rec that you mentioned will work for nomination purposes, but for the Academy itself you will need evaluations from an English, a Math, and a chem or physics teacher.
 
Note that your letters of rec that you mentioned will work for nomination purposes, but for the Academy itself you will need evaluations from an English, a Math, and a chem or physics teacher.
Yes, these letters are just for the nominations.
 
Ok thank you, im scheduled to retake the SAT in august. Is there anything I should do outside of retaking the SAT? Also, If my math section does not improve, do you think I would still have a decent chance?
Yeah you still have a good chance at USMMA. They want you to take calc and physics in high school, so if you have not taken those yet I would strongly suggest getting that done. You seem to check all the boxes otherwise.
 
Yeah you still have a good chance at USMMA. They want you to take calc and physics in high school, so if you have not taken those yet I would strongly suggest getting that done. You seem to check all the boxes otherwise.
How important would it be to take those classes? I havent taken either yet but instead of taking calculus I was going to take discrete mathematics at the university this upcoming year. I could always take physics second semester but would It also be good to make sure I take calc second semester as well?
 
What is the difference between chem and chem with lab?

not sure... at my son's HS all of the chem classes had a lab component.

I suppose some high schools might not be outfitted for chem labs?
 
Ok thank you, im scheduled to retake the SAT in august. Is there anything I should do outside of retaking the SAT? Also, If my math section does not improve, do you think I would still have a decent chance?
You might want to find some sample SAT tests, take them, and then look at the format of the math section to see where you are strong and weak. The content below is extracted from the College Boards website (The Math Section: Overview As you can see there are four main areas.

To the best of my knowledge, the math portion is two 22 question sections, each section being allowed 35 minutes. You get 1 point for every question you get right and a ¼ point deduction for every question you get wrong. Here's the weird part; you will get NO points off for questions you skip. So you need to develop a clear strategy to improve your odds. If you know nothing about a given question, skip it until you have answered the questions where you have a high confidence. To borrow a phrase, get the low hanging fruit, then move up the tree.

Types of Math Tested​

The math questions are divided into four categories. Questions from all four categories appear in each test module. Across each module, questions are arranged from easiest to hardest, allowing you to have the best opportunity to demonstrate what you know and can do.
Type of MathNumber of Questions
Algebra13–15
Advanced Math13–15
Problem-Solving and Data Analysis5–7
Geometry and Trigonometry5–7

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Types of Math Tested​


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First question. Do you like money? Rumour has it Gen Z'ers either don't care about money or dislike putting an effort in to earn it. Well if you like money and don't mind a little blood sweat and tears to earn it, you'll make plenty of it as a 3rd Mate or 3rd Engineer in the Merchant Marine. In fact you'll make 4x as much out the gate as your counterparts at the other service academies. An Ensign/2nd Lt makes about $4k/month base pay while a Merchant Marine 3rd Mate/3rd Engineer makes anywhere from $16-24k/month. Its a dangerous job and the reason we're paid well as professional mariners. But if you're up to the challenge of a life at sea, come aboard and join us.
 
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