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What are my chances?

RoflcoptersRoflcopters Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
I'm a junior in HS and will be a senior next year, I'm considering joining the USCGA, what are my chances? I have never taken the SAT yet, but Practice SAT's say I'm around 1800-1900.

Junior Year
Honors Anatomy and Physiology
Chinese III
AP US History
Honors English 11

Senior Year
Honors Physics
AP Calculus
Honors Chinese 4
AP English
Some kind of Art to fulfill my credits

29 ACT
32 English
27 Math
26 Reading
30 Science

Swim Team for 8 years
Participated in USA Sectional Championships Series
Team captain for 1 year

200+ Hours Volunteering at Kaiser Hospital
1 Year Shift Leader

Are my chances realistic?
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Replies to: What are my chances?

  • Luigi59Luigi59 Registered User Posts: 1,155 Senior Member
    USCGA Admissions decides on appointments to the academy, you cannot "join."

    Approximately 4,500 people start the application, about 2,500 complete it, and out of those completed applications they will choose ~400 for appointment.

    Decisions are based on a holistic evaluation - transcripts, standardized test scores, physical fitness, demonstrated leadership, leadership potential, medical qualification, and most of all - - CHARACTER.

    Make sure you apply to AIM Summer Program (Academy Introduction Mission) - United States Coast Guard Academy when the application becomes active in January .

    Continue to challenge yourself by enrolling in the highest level math, science, and English classes offered at your school.

    Continue to explore leadership opportunities (Club President, team captain, Eagle scout, CAP, etc) and DO SOMETHING with the opportunity - a meaningless "president" of the chess club means nothing unless you can show HOW you used this leadership position to LEAD.

    Stay healthy, stay out of trouble. Yes, a single alcohol or conduct offense on your record can block your appointment.

  • RoflcoptersRoflcopters Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Would not going to AIM decrease my chances of gaining an appointment? How would I be able to display 'character' in the evaluation?
  • cgahopefulcgahopeful Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    I attended AIM this previous summer. It would not decrease your chances if you did not go, but it does increase your chances if you do. There is a catch, however. Your cadre are reviewing you daily, so if they find a reason to believe you would not be a good swab/cadet/coast guardsmen, then they put that in your review and the admissions office will find out. I was told that a bad review gives you no chance of getting into the Academy. But if you do a good job and do not have an attitude problem, that is benficial to you.

    To sum up, if you are completely tied with another person in every aspect of the application, but you attended AIM (and did not get a bad review) and the other person isn't, you would be chosen over the other person.

    BUT: The Academy always has more people they want to go to AIM than they can accomodate, so do not be discouraged if you cannot go or do not get admitted to AIM.

    I hope I helped.
  • cgahopefulcgahopeful Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    About displaying character, the volunteer hours you have done, the leadership postitions you have had, the recommendations from your teachers, and the personal statements you write display character.
  • RoflcoptersRoflcopters Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    I do plan on applying for the AIM program, is their evaluation of the application for AIM similar to how they will evaluate the actual application?

    Also, is there an essay to write?
  • cgahopefulcgahopeful Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Yes. The AIM 2010 application did have more than one personal statement. Of the summer programs I applied to, it was the most thorough.
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