This was originally for the Dartmouth forum, but I looked on the Ivies forum, and I'm really interested to know what schools I could get into, if any. Thanks in advance! I know if yall have seen this, it is annoying, but I'm at a perk in knowing hat options of schools I have. Thanks again!
Am I in or out?
San Antonio, Texas
Medical Magnet School
3.95 (95.658) GPA
20%>x%<25% ranking (190)
750 SAT II *Bio-M*
750 SAT II *World History*
760 SAT II *Math 1-C*
2nd UIL Spelling District
UIL Spelling Regionals (13th for my region, but 18th out
of my region, and the the other region
taking the test with me)
Red Cross Club
Dance Revolution Club
Spanish Honor Society
National Honor Society
Mu Alpha Theta
Medical Mentorship program at school
BEACON Program (GT)
Are the lack of not having any sports or leadership positions going to keep me out of the Air Force Academy? I hope not! :-D
Location: So Cal-USC (2005) and West Point Parent (2009)
The lack of sports or leadership is not a good thing. The academies are looking for the "whole person", not just academic excellence but excellence demonstrated over a broad range of activities and participation. The academies are a different "animal" than the civilian schools.
The piece you all need to understand about sports is the team thing. As a military officer, you take orders from above and then make sure that your subordinates carry them out. The identical thing happens on a team. You take the orders from your coach, even if you think they are dumb, and implement them. If your total experience is void of the team process, it is difficult to assess if you can adapt to following orders. And the cavalier statement of:
"hhhaha...ok, I thought it'd be worth a shot to know whether to apply or not. Thanks!"
truely indicates your ignorance of the mission of a service academy. Prior to applying, I would hope you do some research to discover the committment required of all academy appointees.
Concur with candidatemom. You may get in on numbers alone, but the athletics will probably end it for you unless you're in great shape and know what it's like to contribute to a sports team. do some research, about 5000 pushups, 500 miles, and then check back in with us...
Well, it isn't like I'm not athletic. I'm not a varsity player, or anything that great, but I can definitely do the required physical tasks, without a problem. But don't you have to be considered first though to take the physical test?
I'd check out the PAE (Physical Aptitude Test) and Cadet PFT (Phys Fitness Test) and see how you'd do. Remember--grade it VERY tough, because that's how you'll be graded at USAFA. In other words, FULL push-ups and situps, pull-ups, etc. All the way up, all the way down. What's you're 1.5 mile run time? If you score well on the PAE, chances are fair you'll get in. Do NOT underemphasize the importance of athletics at USAFA, though. Hundreds of cadets go on athletic probation every year--something just as serious as academic probation--and many are kicked out for it. Sports/Athletics are very serious there.
Also, keep in mind that the PAE standards are different from the PFT standards, as are some of the events they each test. Even people who pass the PAE with flying colors end up failing the PFT sometimes. Do NOT take it lightly.