Chance me please! (uscga)

<p>Hello, </p>

<p>I'm an anxious Junior in HS at an extremely rigorous college prep school in Houston, Texas.</p>

<p>Strake</a> Jesuit - Welcome to Strake Jesuit College Preparatory</p>

<p>Our school is on a 4.0 scale, with AP classes counting as a 5.0 towards your GPA. I have taken 1 AP class per year, and the maximum number of AP classes you are allowed to take per year is 4. </p>

<p>I have: </p>

<p>GPA: 3.5
SAT: 1990 (just got it back, wo-hoo pretty proud of myself but bummer didn't break the 2000)
NO ACT (yet, but the PLAN projects me at a 33)
Eagle Scout (bronze palms)
Senior Patrol Leader
World Conservation Award
JV XC
JV Track
Varsity Swimming, Diving
Varsity Water Polo</p>

<p>As well as a bunch of other stuff that I would have to think about to remember it :P. It happens to everyone. But it definitely isn't better than the stuff listed above. </p>

<p>Chance me for USCGA please! I will chance back!</p>

<p>USCGA: Reach</p>

<p>How can I make it a not reach?</p>

<p>Your chances are very good. But all the service academies are a reach for almost everybody. Plus, the Coast Guard Academy is purely competitive (your Senator cannot help) and is the most demanding physically and medically. All that swimming is definitely a major plus.</p>

<p>So… definitely apply to the USCGA. It is your dream. Try it. Your SAT is above average for USCGA (avg is about 1850)</p>

<p>But… also consider applying to the US Merchant Marine Academy, which is a totally legitimate path to obtaining a commission as a Coast Guard officer.</p>

<p>Then… also apply for a Naval ROTC scholarship as a “Plan B.” You can then reapply to USCGA, if you do not make it the first time.</p>

<p>FINALLY: Keep studying and making good grades. Take the ACT soon, and retake the SAT. It never hurts to bring your scores up. </p>

<p>You have a great chance, but it is such a competitive applicant pool that you can never really be sure. Best of luck, though!</p>

<p>Chance back :slight_smile: <a href=“http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/what-my-chances/1612727-chance-me-for-all-my-schools-also-need-criticisms-and-strengths-will-chance-back.html#latest”>http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/what-my-chances/1612727-chance-me-for-all-my-schools-also-need-criticisms-and-strengths-will-chance-back.html#latest</a></p>

<p>Academically you are on par, but, like the others have said, its a very competitive school that requires more than just a good GPA and test scores to gain admission. So yes, you have a shot, but remember it isn’t a sure thing.</p>

<p>My thread (chance please): <a href=“http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/what-my-chances/1610985-chances-for-vanderbilt-unc-nyu-uf-and-duke-p1.html”>http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/what-my-chances/1610985-chances-for-vanderbilt-unc-nyu-uf-and-duke-p1.html</a> </p>

<p>By the way, the US Merchant Marine Academy is the easiest academy to get into. That is why I mentioned it. Also good preparation for Coast Guard, or you could switch to Navy when you graduate, or even stay civilian merchant marine. The great virtue of the USMMA is that it has the most career options.</p>

<p>USCGA: Reach</p>

<p>Now, go get a few non-reaches with Naval ROTC programs…</p>