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What does on hold really mean?

SUPPORTMOMSUPPORTMOM Registered User Posts: 268 Junior Member
My son has his application and congressional nomination in to USMMA. His status in "hold". He has a 3.8+ GPA(many AP classes), high Math SAT but the min. reading SAT. He had a varsity sport and pages of volunteering and public service not to mention working throughout high school. He has visited the academy for an overnight and had an interview that he said went very well. Do you think he will hear something positive before April? He has already been accepted to a notiable state school for the college of mechanical and aeronautical engineering but of course USMMA is his first, second and third choice.
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Replies to: What does on hold really mean?

  • JamzmomJamzmom Registered User Posts: 2,813 Senior Member
    Consider the "hold" status a good thing. Thats all I'm gonna say about that.... :D
  • SUPPORTMOMSUPPORTMOM Registered User Posts: 268 Junior Member
    JAMZMOM--Thanks for your quick reply...patience is a virtue!
  • is2day4himis2day4him Registered User Posts: 442 Member
    yeah, being on hold isn't a bad thing. basically it means that he's got a really good shot at it, but they're not giving it to him just yet. there could be a few details left to work themselves out (i.e. waiting to hear from congressman, DODMERB, etc...) but don't think it's a bad thing at all. and if possible, call any chance you get to see if there's any progress in the file. while it might annoy them, they will be more likely to push his file along as a means of getting you to leave them alone. it worked for me.
    : )
  • seagle01seagle01 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Have your son do the calling. Capt. Johnson and his staff need to hear from him. After all he's the one that wants to go there...right?
  • suzannegrasuzannegra Registered User Posts: 1,016 Senior Member
    Yes, but it is not always possible for the candidate to call, especially during school hours. The admissions staff was very, very helpful to my son and me (whenever I did the calling). Kudos to them!!
  • repIIIrepIII Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    During the past weekend my son along with a few other potential athletic candidates was invited over to KP. After Capt. Johnson's speech, during Q&A one of the football players asked “what in a application covers up a bad math ACT score”and without missing a beat Capt. Johnson retorted a good ACT score, really. Then he reiterated that the candidate should study really hard on that one subject, take the test again concentrating only on math since Kings Point takes highest score of all ACT tests.
  • is2day4himis2day4him Registered User Posts: 442 Member
    depending on where you live in the country, it might be possible for your son to call in the morning prior to school (seeing as the time zones make it work). that's what i did. being from Colorado, i could call at 7 AM and they'd have been in the office for at least half an hour already. as long as he works hard, doesn't slack, and finishes strong, he should be ok. like i said, have him call admissions any time he has a question. it will show his dedication and will help push his file through. best of luck!
  • SUPPORTMOMSUPPORTMOM Registered User Posts: 268 Junior Member
    I really appreciate all your help. I am really feeling like a fish out of water. Does anyone know when Indoc will be in 2007? Should the plebes take cars if they can find parking off campus? I am trying to prepare just in case.
  • kp2001kp2001 Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    Plebes have no need for a car, there is plenty of public transportation and they won't get a ton of chances to use it anyway. Finding parking off-campus is no easy task. As it is in a residential neighborhood there is no on street parking or parking lots around. There have been people in the past who have paid for parking spots in driveways, but I haven't heard of any plebes doing this.
  • is2day4himis2day4him Registered User Posts: 442 Member
    also, they say as a plebe you're not allowed to operate a motor vehicle within 10 miles of the academy. and as a plebe there's not enough chances to get away for long enough to make it worth having your car around.
    as far as indoc, from my understanding (through talking with CAPT Johnson) when i had the same question he told me it would be right around the 4th of july, typically the friday afterwards. mine started on july 6th. it's just a ball park, but expect it within a week of the 4th.
  • JamzmomJamzmom Registered User Posts: 2,813 Senior Member

    Check out the last date on the regimental cal. July 5th is slated for Indoc but ya know how things go. That could change. SMom, if you maybe start looking over the calendar now, you might have it figured out by graduation. I'm just now starting to get the hang of it.

    I recall somebody telling me that Plebes could not have cars. Maybe KPMom06 is hanging out & can answer for sure? I'm glad my Plebe didn't have a car. He would have bolted. "Plebe running!!" ;)
  • SUPPORTMOMSUPPORTMOM Registered User Posts: 268 Junior Member
    'Plebe running" lol, good to know plebe mom's still have their sense of humor after the plebe year. Good advice think I'll take it!
  • atlsmithatlsmith Registered User Posts: 283 Junior Member
    SUPPORTMOM, here are some more details about motor vehicle privileges:

    "All upperclass midshipmen may own and use automobiles while in residence at the Academy. However, because of limited parking facilities on campus, only a small number of first classmen may keep their automobiles in a designated area of the Academy at their own risk. This is considered a privilege and is granted subject to compliance with Academy regulations. Upperclass students who are not authorized to use Academy parking facilities must make private garage arrangements since a local town ordinance prohibits overnight street parking."


    So don't worry about a car for plebe year.

    However, I'm wondering if any of the second classmen or third classmen keep their cars near campus, or is that too much of a hassle?
  • JamzmomJamzmom Registered User Posts: 2,813 Senior Member
    Kinda wonder if it would be worth it due to the fact that upperclass are out to sea. First class year might be the best bet & I'm sure they would enjoy the freedom of having their car. The kids seem to get everywhere they need or want to go via public tansit. Sure cheaper than paying parking fees and insurance. :)
  • kpmom06kpmom06 Registered User Posts: 147 Junior Member
    'Maybe KPMom06 is hanging out & can answer for sure? '

    I'm pretty sure plebes aren't allowed to have cars--there is no need for it, they can't go anywhere anyway. Public transportation is so much better than driving on Long Island. My s had a car off & on senior year on campus, mostly it just sat there (he was still sharing it with his sister and had to have it home on her breaks). I know there are a couple of old cars up there that keep getting sold to underclassmen each year just to get around town--they kind of get 'traded down' to the next person when one graduates. Necessary repairs are made on campus by the engineers! I know that when my s was a plebe or 3rd or 2nd year, he was frequently loaned an upperclassman's car in return for favors (of what kind I don't know!).

    We live outside of Philadelphia, and with tolls/gas it pretty much cost the same to ride the train home or to drive.

    Final advice--don't have a car until senior year! Not worth the hassle.
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