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How to improve my chances of getting into West Point?

alextus93alextus93 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
I am currently a junior in highschool, here is a list of my resume and I would really like to know what I can do to improve becasue I am willing to do anything and everything to attend the United States Military academy.

All Ap and Honors Classes
Ap Chem
AP Physics (Next Year)
AP Calculus(Next Year)
Ap U.S. Gov(Next Year)
And all other classes are honors humanities

I am about to start volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club about 3 Hours a Week
Boys State Delagate
Volunteer Work with my local congresswoman
Humanities Award
Two Years Tennis
One Year Cross Country
Hopefully NHS next year
(I have some more ec's im trying to do but nothing solid yet)
Also I was waitlisted for the Naval Academy Summer Leadership Seminar

NOt sure about unweighted Gpa but guessing in the mid-high 3.0 area so around 3.6 but not sure

SAT- (680 math, 670 Critical Reading)

Also my father attended West Point and my uncle attended air force academy
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Replies to: How to improve my chances of getting into West Point?

  • momoftwinsmomoftwins Registered User Posts: 2,668 Senior Member

    It's very smart to keep challenging yourself academically. Do your best in next year's classes to ensure high grades.
    Prep well and retake the SAT. Remember that USMA will take your highest subscores to give you a new composite. Your score is good, but every point matters. Also, consider taking the ACT as some students perform better in 1 test over the other.
    Plan on participating in at least 1 sport senior year. Earning a letter and/or being named a team captain would be helpful.
    Boys State is huge. Congratulations on being named a delegate.
    Make sure you meet all the criteria to be invited into NHS.

    You want to make sure that the beginning of your senior year isn't filled with admissions angst. For service academies there is a lot you can do over the summer.
    Get started early this summer on nomination applications.
    Give your teachers (English, physics/chem, math) and coaches that you might be contacting them over the summer for letters of recommendation. They'll appreciate being able to write these without the deluge of autumn requests from your classmates.

    Finally, if you're truly serious about serving as an officer in the military, begin your ROTC application process. You may end up deciding it's a better option for you. Also, it's another path to reaching your goal in case you do not receive an appointment.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
  • RolaniemanRolanieman Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I echo Mom's sentiments.

    I especially want to stress that you start early. My son griped and complained that we 'urged' his early work, but he was VERY thankful when he saw his friends stressing out as they were doing last minute hoop jumps to get their paperwork in on time.

    Another bit of advice, when asking for your letters of reco - provide them with a 'resume' which outlines not just your achievements, but also provides humanizing anecdotes and experiences. Not just a statement that you attended Boys State or took all AP classes, but something like how your Boys State experience taught you how to work with a diverse team and achieve results; or that your heavy AP schedule not only challenged you academically, but taught you valuable time management skils and allowed you to demonstrate your ability to set priorities and meet your objectives in the face of challenges. yadda yadda yadda

    This kind of support helps the letter writers get to know you better than just the A student who sits in the second row, third chair from the door. I'm not saying they will take your narrative and use it in their letters (though I bet you might see some very similarly worded statements in them), but it will help them to see not just what you've done, but also what you've learned and experienced.

    Just my two cents.

    Good luck.
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