Hi! I am currently a junior in high school, and will be applying to the naval academy (assuming I receive a nomination). I want to gauge my chances of being admitted, but leave any advice you have below!
I currently have an unweighted gpa of 3.5, and a weighted gpa of 3.78. It isn’t the best, but I do go to an academically rigorous private school, so will this be considered? I am taking two APs (in English and history) currently and one honors class in French… and then two regular courses in math (pre calculus) and science (marine biology). I plan to take AP Bio, AP English, AP history, a regular math class (calculus AB), and French 5H next year. Despite my gpa, does the rigor of the classes help my chances? Aside from gpa, I recently received a score of 32 on my ACT (36 on English, 34 on reading, 27 on math, and 29 on science). Will this score make up for my weaker GPA?
As for extracurriculars, I have been playing club water polo in Southern California for 5 years (from ages 12 to 17, currently). Just last year, me and my 16U team got gold in the silver division at the water polo Junior Olympics in Palo Alto. I have also been a varsity athlete in swimming and water polo all three years in high school so far, and have been the captain of my water polo team for the past two years as well as the captain and co captain of the swim team for the past two years. However, my school’s athletics are not very strong overall. I got all league first team my sophomore and junior year for water polo as well as rookie of the year for swimming in my freshman year and team MVP in swimming my sophomore year (but I probably won’t get an award this year for swim). Considering my athletics are particularly strong, can this also compensate for my lower GPA?
There are a couple other leadership extracurriculars I am involved in as well, such as the Round Square Board (it would take too long to explain, but essentially it is a network of schools around the globe that hold and promote the same values and IDEALS), and I am applying for the athletic council for my senior year. I haven’t, however, participated in community service since my sophomore year. Is this a problem?
Overall, I think I may be a strong applicant, however I am worried they may see me as primarily strong in the humanities and not STEM classes. Unfortunately I was unable to take any core science classes my freshman and sophomore years (as my school does not allow for it).
Please leave any advice or comments below! I really want to get a feel for my chances of being accepted into the usna:) thank you!