Summer Seminars compared

<p>I have noticed that there are significantly more slots available for the summer seminar program at the Naval Academy (1,800) than there are at West Point and USAFA (800 each). Since these three institutions are similar in most other areas pertaining to admissions, I was curious at this distinction in the summer programs. Does anyone know the reasons for the difference?</p>

<p>Well Navy Rejected me for summer seminar, but Air Force didn't :-)</p>

<p>I went to Air Force's last year. Northern VA is just so competitive for Navy that I didn't even get a nomination to Navy, but I have an appointment to Air Force.</p>


<p>Are you PW, Fairfax or somewhere else? District 8 or 1?</p>

<p>8th VA:-) </p>

<p>1420 SAT
Eagle Scout
2 year team captain
3 Varsity Sports</p>

<p> nomination although I did list USAFA as number 1 with the Congressman and USNA number 1 with the senators</p>

<p>I keep hearing this area is super competitive. We are in PW in the 1st. There are 5 people at USAFA from my son's HS now. Two are Doolies, the others are in each class.</p>

<p>I'm sorry...I'm not sure what PV stands for.</p>


<p>Your post illustrates the reason for my question. It is my understanding that there are about 2,000 applicants for USAFA's Summer Seminar. If NASS is as competitive as USAFA's summer program, it would appear that they must have more than twice as many applicants. However, the number of applicants to the Naval Academy is substantially the same as those to the Air Force Academy (the actual academies, not the summer programs).</p>

<p>Therefore, my question is why there appears to be significantly more interest in the Naval Academy's summer program than in that offered by USAFA and West Point?</p>

<p>Where did you hear that? Maybe more kids have an initial interest in USNA then decide to apply to USAFA and USMA too after going to SS.</p>

<p>To add to my last post I believe that USNA offers more sessions. This might be more convenient for people from CA & NY since school ends so late.</p>

<p>The numbers come from the official websites. The Naval Academy has 17% more total candidates, while the Air Force Academy has 6% more triple qualified candidates. This does not seem to be a statistically significant difference.</p>

<p>Naval Academy:
Candidate Pool - 11,259
Qualified Candidates - 1,812</p>

<p>Air Force Academy:
Candidate Pool – 9,601
Qualified Candidates – 1,928</p>

<p>NASS does have an additional week, which may attract the attention of students who are unable to attend the other two weeks. However, that additional week comes at the beginning of the summer, so it would not be helpful in those states where school ends late. While this certainly would account for part of the difference, it would not seem to be nearly enough to explain twice as many applicants.</p>

<p>I'm not trying to be argumentative here, but am genuinely curious about the difference in the number of applicants. I'm sure there is a logical reason for this, and thought someone on this forum might know what it was.</p>


<p>PW stands for Prince William. Son plays ice hockey in the area and everyone says "PW" Like they say PG county for Prince Georges.</p>

<p>Difference in qualification numbers:
each academy has different qualifications. a qualifying score on the SAT might not be a qualifying score for a different academy. i got into usna in early nov a week and a half after i finished my app. in nov/ dec i got a letter from usafa saying i was not competitive because of my SAT scores. the same sat scores i got into usna with. so what is competitive for one academy might not be for another and vice versa.
(i ended up getting into AF with the same SAT scores, just had to wait it out)</p>

<p>Also AF SS might have less applicants because they turn people down right away. my friend submited a preliminary app to usafa and was turned down before she even got the real app (therefore not really applying). she applied to navy and was sent the whole app and is waiting for an appoinment. (this is for the real process, not the SS, they may use the same policy though)</p>