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Chances at USMA

emberglowemberglow 0 replies1 threads New Member
I want to know my chances for USMA. These are my qualifications-
ACADEMIC
3.96 GPA
1531 SAT score
1422 PSAT score
32 ACT score
7 honors and 1 AP class

ATHLETICS
Tennis-4 varsity letters and team captain 1 year
Golf- 2 varsity letters
Bowling- 1 varsity letter
Running(individual)- 23.41 5K
CFA Score
Basketball throw 36 ft
Pullups 7(max. for women)
Pushups 32
Shuttle run 9.4 sec
Situps 66
1 Mile run- 7.81

EXTRACURRICULARS
Church choir
Girls who code
Tennis, golf, bowling
Youth group
Quiz-bowl
Regular charity work
Girl scouts
Piano(12 years)non-competitive

LEADERSHIP
ALA States
Gold award- girl scouts
Catalyst leadership event
Big brother/big sister program
NHS
Class officer
Student Council
Created and lead book club at school
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  • ChoatieMomChoatieMom 5752 replies270 threads Senior Member
    edited April 4
    Due to the vagaries of the nomination process and the rubric the service academies use to determine appointments, it is impossible to chance anyone for a service academy beyond the general advice given here, so I will repeat what I tell every applicant who asks about their chances.

    First, make sure that your stats meet or exceed those of a typical incoming class:

    https://www.westpoint.edu/admissions/class-profile

    Then, focus on securing a nomination. USMA does not consider applications without a nomination, so you need to familiarize yourself with this process if you haven't already by checking the websites of your congressperson and both senators. Once you start the nomination and application process, you will be assigned a Field Force Representative (FFR) who will shepherd you through this process and who will have insight into how competitive your district is and how you stack up against the competition in the year you apply. Getting the nomination is the gating factor; once a candidate has a nomination and is deemed 3Q (qualified academically, physically, and medically), the likelihood of an appointment is close to 50%. How likely YOU are to be 3Q, no one here can tell you. You will also need to dig deep to be able to explain clearly and genuinely to the nomination panels why you want to serve as an officer in our armed forces. Also, be prepared to answer your understanding of the consequences of your decision.

    In addition, you should scour the wealth of applicant information on the USMA website and serviceacademyforums.com (CC for military applicants) where you can learn more about the process and get all your questions answered by current and former military personnel. However, no one there will chance you either for the reasons I gave above. These sources will tell you to do your best academically, up your physical fitness game, and pursue leadership opportunities. You will want to show quality over quantity, stay focused, and put your best application forward. That's all you or any candidate can do.

    There is also some good general information about the application process in this article:

    https://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/college/T014-S003-things-to-know-to-get-into-a-service-academy/index.html
    edited April 4
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