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cory_trippcory_tripp Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
Alright here it goes. I am a freshmen in college as a math major. Growing up I always wanted to attend West Point for many reasons, but someone I got caught on the path to civilian college. I promised my parents I would try it out first before transfering and needless to say I opened a file with West Point about a week ago. If I get accepted I will be a part of Class of 2013.

Here is my wrap sheet.

High School:
GPA: 3.71
ACT: 25
Class Rank 86 out of 721
Graduated with honors
Lettered in academics
Key Club Member and Scholarship Winner
Over 100 hours of Community Service
Member of Technology Student Association
President of Robitics Club
Captain of BEST Robotics Team (placed 5th out of 40 high school teams)
Sports: Track and Field
Varsity for 3 years
Lettered 3 times
Numerous wins in big meets
Placed in Regional 2 Years
Varsity 2 Years
2 Years JV and Freshmen
Jiu Jitsu:
1 year

GPA: 3.5 Math Major
Member of Honors Program (Less Than 10%)
Community Service
Dean's List
Intramural sports

Should I retake the ACT and what should I improve on over the next year? Also what are the medical requirements to get into West Point? Thanks and I appreciate all the help I can get.

Right now my physically:( still training)
65 pushups
75 sit-ups
10 push ups
6:15 mile
13:50 2 mile
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  • cory_trippcory_tripp Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Wow i definately did not mean to put that face in there
  • CaitmarieCaitmarie Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    Wow, you look like you have a good quality amount of activities. Using the information i have recieved from my admissions officer I was told that admissions likes seeing that you are constantly trying to improve yourself. On that note, I don't think it would hurt if you retake the ACT. I took the SATs though, so I don't know what is considered a good score on the ACTs. They also like seeing what leadership positions you hold since leadership is huge at west point.
    The worst part I think of the whole application process is DoDMERB which is the process you go to become medically qualified. One of my biggest recommendations is once you recieve the paperwork from DoDMERB get it done ASAP. There is a lot of tedious stuff and it takes a bit of time. So you want it done early in case anything comes up.
    But otherwise good luck! I am in civil prep next year so if all goes well maybe will be seeing each other in class of 2013
  • AnnAnn Registered User Posts: 1,477 Senior Member
    This is a link to a recent class profile:
    United States Military Academy at West Point

    cory_tripp: My advice is to call your Regional Commander in admissions and ask for advice. They are very helpful and will give you all of the pointers your need specific to your college course load etc.
    Taking the ACT again and improving your score can only help you.

    Good luck!

    PS. You do understand that you cannot "transfer" your college credits to West Point?
  • cory_trippcory_tripp Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Thanks for both of replies and yes I do understand that I would start as plebe.
  • cory_trippcory_tripp Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Anymore advice would be greatly appreciated...
  • JesuspleaseUSMA!JesuspleaseUSMA! Registered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
    No we understand that you know you will start as a plebe; Ann was simply saying you can't transfer ANY credits over just to clarify that.
  • dyenior_2008dyenior_2008 Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    Definately re-take the ACT. A 25 composite is above the minimum... by a point. It would be a good idea to take it as often as possible to boost the individual subscores, and they will reconfigure a composite for you. Definately to your benefit. A 3.5 in college is gonna look good, especially if you take a plebe schedule. I would think you have a good shot.
  • cory_trippcory_tripp Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Yes i understand none of my credits will transfer. I just figure my plebe year will be a little easier considering I already have the knowledge of calculus 1 2 and 3 plus physic 1 and physics 2. I know I will have to retake those classes but it should be easier the 2nd time around. A question about the ACT. Since I scored above the cut off when I retake it should i just focus on the math portion?
  • AnnAnn Registered User Posts: 1,477 Senior Member
    The cutoff is just that - the score below which you are deemed to be an academic risk. Admission to WP is a competitive process for the most part and so the higher your score relative to your competition the better your chances will be. You did not provide the breakdown of your scores, but the information from the class profile should give you an idea of what you are shooting for. What you need for an appointment will often depend on how competitive your district is, and also the strength of the rest of your file. Your Regional Commander will give you good advice.

    American College Testing (ACT) Assessment Program Scores*
    Range Eng Math Sci Reas Read
    31-36 27% 24% 23% 44%
    26-30 47% 56% 42% 42%
    21-25 25% 19% 34% 13%
    16-20 1% 1% 1% 1%
    11-15 0% 0% 0% 0%
    Mean 28 28 27 30

    Your college math and physics classes will definitely help you. You will likely be able to validate the lower level classes.
  • cory_trippcory_tripp Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    So I am planning on retaking the ACT in the summer so this time I better study and take it seriously. Anybody know what they deem a failure for the medical examination?
  • Luigi59Luigi59 Registered User Posts: 1,155 Senior Member
    cory_tripp wrote:
    Anybody know what they deem a failure for the medical examination?

    There are over 400 Disqualification Codes at DODMERB.

    You can check them out here: DODMERB Disqualification Codes
  • cory_trippcory_tripp Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    thank you so much that helped alot...
  • cory_trippcory_tripp Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Is the DODMERB absolute or can you get a waiver?
  • Luigi59Luigi59 Registered User Posts: 1,155 Senior Member
    DODMERB deals in "black & white" when it comes to DQ's. If you have one of the conditions you will get a DQ.

    Each Academy's waiver authority, however, deals in many shades of gray. ;)

    (In other words, every disqualifying condition can be waiverable - some are more common then others)
  • cory_trippcory_tripp Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Thats good to hear because that list was insane. I only have one condition which is the vericos ceal, but I have been to the doctor for it and they said it was no issue. Everything else I seem clear on. Would it help it a brought a doctors note when I got my physical (if I make it that far)?
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