Can you appeal a rejection from USNA?

<p>My friend just got rejected from the USNA, which surprised me because I really thought he was well qualified, although i know it was competitive this year. So anyways, he's really upset, this was his lifes dream and he wanted this more than anything. Hes a really smart kid and he is VERY physically prepared (he works out everyday for like 2 hours).
So i heard that you might be able to write letters/recommendations to try to appeal a rejection from the USNA? Is this true? If not, is there any other way to possibly appeal his rejection? I know lots of people who would write letters for him and he would do anything to go there. I dont know much about this process so any info would be appriecated :)</p>

<p>I'm sorry about your friend. DS just got rejected as well and it's tough. This was an extremely competitive year and it seems like a lot of the kids that weren't accepted were really strong candidates. I've never heard of an appeal process, but he can certainly apply again for next year. A number of the kids who were turned down this year are reapplying. There's another forum that's a little more active than this one (at least this year) that he might find useful. Here's a link to get started:</p>

<p>Reapplying</a> -- What To Do - United States of America Service Academy Forums</p>

<p>"it's really competitive this year" is something that I've read over and over again lately. News flash: it's always "really competitive". But just because you get the TWE doesn't mean you have to give up. I know literally dozens of Mids who got in the second time around (and one guy on his third try) so if you want it that badly you've got to stay after it. If it's not in the cards there are other avenues to a commission - if your goal is to serve (and you are qualified to do so) you can find a way. Either find a way or make one. Good luck.</p>

<p>My daughter appealed her rejection a number of years ago and graduated from USNA last year. Long story but you basically need cause. Feel free to PM me if you have questions.</p>

<p>Was the appeal successful?</p>

<p>Must have been successful if she graduated!</p>

<p>Considering what we have heard about the number of applicants, etc this year.....I cannot imagine that USNA has the time to consider an appeal of a rejection. The list of kids (on the other forum), who at least superficially appear top-notch who have received TWE's is pretty extensive this year. It seems quite a few darned good candidates have received TWE's and many will be re-applying.</p>

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A common fallicy of logic. Just because two events are related, doesn't necessarily mean that one caused the other.</p>

<p>If, as mom's username indicates, her daughter completed NAPS and was not offered an appointment until after she had appealed, then the appeal was successful.</p>

<p>If she was a new candidate who was denied appointment, appealed, and the following year after reapplying, was offered the appointment, perhaps the appeal had absolutely no influence on the appointment.</p>

<p>There are a dozen possible scenarios between the above two examples, all showing varying relationships of cause and effect, some more than others.</p>

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<p>Assuming the appeal was indeed successful, how was it appealed? A bevy of DC lawyers with coordinated brief cases camped on the front steps of Leahy Hall at 8AM on Monday morning? Or a nice letter asking the regional coordinator to reconsider? Before the days of waiting lists? On the morning that they had just received a letter from a candidate who was not accepting his appointment to NAPS? Where someone made the decision that, since there was an opening, and since she did appear highly dedicated, and her package was NAPS eligible, they decided to give her a chance to prove herself? Remember, this was the era of the lone rejectee who showed up on I-Day and so shocked everyone that he also was admitted, becoming a candidate legend forever. If that happened this summer, he would probably be arrested.</p>

<p>A lot more information is necessary before one can make logical conclusions.</p>

<p>I, too, have never heard of an appeals process. As a new candidate, I am not sure what would be accomplished. For those going through NAPS or Foundation, it might be worth having a conversation, but to what end I can't say. I would think that, in the case of NAPS or Foundation, there was some coversation prior to a "non-offer" well before now- I know the foundation kids are contacted throughout the year by the BGO from that program as to their progress and application hopes. </p>

<p>For those of you who have received the thin letter, congratulations for making it this far, and DO consider tossing your hat into the arena again. As many as 1/3 of the incoming class will have at least 1 year of post-high school studies under their belt, and how better to demonstrate determination and motivation than to go through this gauntlet for a second- and even a third time! There is a reason why the flag hanging in Memorial Hall reads "don't give up the ship!"</p>

<p>The only appeals process I'm familiar with is applying all over again the following year.</p>

<p>Besides, does one really want to enter USNA via whining that they didn't get a fair shake, or do they want to legitimately EARN their way in?</p>

<p>Guess what? The majority of candidates who make it past their congresscritter and are evaluated for a class are stars. The Academy picks the best of the best, which means that some stars won't make it. It's the way it is.</p>

<p>Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and say, "Oh yeah? Watch THIS!" and apply again.</p>