Preparing for U.S. Naval Academy Acceptance Start Young! DPC-841269-22.PPT09/24/07 Early Preparation Guidelines Begin Preparation in Middle School Establish a Solid Foundation in: – – – – – – – – Math Science English Introduction to Modern Foreign Language Competitive Team Sports Individual Sports that Require Sustained Effort Community Service Naval Sea Cadets and Other Youth Programs Early Development of Leadership Skills High School Preparation Guide Begin with Freshman Year Curriculum Guidelines Beginning with Freshman Year Enrollment – Schedule Meeting with High School Counselor Map out Curriculum for Next Four Years Counselor Should Emphasize: – Honors and AP Courses - dual-enrollment (college) – International Baccalaureate Diploma Program – Competitive Team Participation – Individual Sports Participation – Leadership Slots in School Related Activities – Participation in School Sponsored Community Service Activities Curriculum Guidelines Continued Four Years of English: – Strong Emphasis On: – Composition – Grammar – Literature – Speech DPC-841269-23.PPT09/24/07 Curriculum Guidelines Continued Four Years of Math: – Algebra (I) – Plane Geometry – Intermediate Algebra (II) – Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus Note: – Courses in Pre-Calculus and Calculus are Highly Recommended Curriculum Guidelines Continued Two Years of a Modern Foreign Language In Addition to Modern Foreign Language Study: – If Offered – Take One to Two Years of Latin Foundation of Modern Western Languages Language of Science Provides Strong Foundation in Grammar Two Years of a Laboratory Science – Earth or General Science – Chemistry – Biology – Physics Curriculum Guide Continued One Year of U.S. History One Year of World History Round Out Degree Plan with Course Work In: – Geography – Government – Economics – Basic Computing – Keyboarding Pre-SAT Exam Take Pre-SAT When Offered by High School –Depending on School May Occur in Sophomore and/or Junior Year –Pre-SAT Preparation Classes Recommended Use Pre-SAT Results to Prepare for SAT –Review Results with School Counselor –Identify Areas of Concern –Develop Corrective Action Plan SAT Exam Sign –up Early for SAT SAT Preparation Classes Recommended Target SAT Math and Verbal Scores: – 620 or Higher SAT may be taken more than one time without penalty. – Academy will accept the highest score. Sports Participation Guide 4 Year Participation in Vigorous Competitive Team Sports – Strive for Team Leadership Slots Captain Co-Captain 4 Year Participation in Individual Sports that Require Sustained Physical Effort – Track and Field – Tennis – Etc. Physical Preparation Guide Perform Distance Running Regularly – Two Miles Are Recommended Perform Strenuous Conditioning Exercises – Push-ups – Pull-ups – Sit-ups Physical Preparation Guide Continued Best Way to Prepare: – Start off Slowly – Build on Your Physical Accomplishments Start with Two-Mile Run – Alternating Between: Running Walking – Gradually Increase the Amount of Running Physical Preparation Guide Continued Target the Following Counts for: – Push-ups 75 – Male 50 - Female – Pull-ups 18 – Male 7 - Female – Sit-ups 65 – Male & Female Physical Performance Requirements Physical Performance – Sea Cadets should prepare to pass the following physical performance exams Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) Physical Education Program (PEP) Physical Readiness Test (PRT) DPC-841269-26.PPT09/24/07 Physical Performance Requirements - Continued Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) – Assessment Consists of: a one-mile run a ‘shuttle’ run a kneeling basketball throw abdominal crunches push-ups pull-ups or a flexed-arm hang for women – Flexed-arm Hang Used When Pull-ups Cannot be Accomplished – Pull-ups Strongly Recommended Physical Performance Requirements - Continued Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) – Continued B-Ball Throw Pull-Ups Shuttle Run Crunches Push-Ups 1-Mile Males 102 18 7.8 95 75 5:20 Female 66 7 8.6 95 50 6:00 Go To: http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/cfainstructions.htm – Site Provides Full Details of CFA Exam Requirements Read Requirements and Prepare Well – CFA Exam More Difficult Than it Appears Physical Performance Requirements - Continued Physical Education Program (PEP) Physical Readiness Test (PRT) – Conducted During Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS) Prepare to meet or exceed the following PRT expectations: – – – Men 1.5 mile run (minutes) 10:30 Push-ups (minimum in 2 minutes 40 Sit-ups (minimum in 2 minutes) 65 Women 12:40 18 65 Leadership Skills Development Guidelines Participate in Activities that Develop Valuable Leadership Experiences and Responsibilities – Recommended Activities: Pursue Leadership Positions in: – School Class, – School Club – Student Government Competitive Team Athletics: – Captain and Co-Captain Roles Highly Desirable Leadership Skills Development Guidelines Continued Participate in Activities that Develop Valuable Leadership Experiences and Responsibilities – Recommended Activities: Awards in Academic Societies: – I.e. National Honor Society Participation and Success in: – Public Speaking – Debate – Other non-athletic activities Leadership Skills Development Guidelines Continued Participate in Activities that Develop Valuable Leadership Experiences and Responsibilities – Recommended Activities: Maximize Participation and Achievement in: – Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Other Youth Related Groups Membership in: – Community Organizations – Church Organizations Leadership Skills Development Guidelines Continued Participate in Activities that Develop Valuable Leadership Experiences and Responsibilities – Emphasis Note – Leadership Development: It is more valuable for you to achieve distinction in a specific activity, rather than participate in a number of activities without any evidence of leadership achievement. Steps for Admission Steps for Admission Continued For Complete Information, Go To: – http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/steps.htm You should apply for admission: – Between April of your junior year in high school and January of your senior year in high school. The Earlier, the Better Steps for Admission Continued You must have a social security number to apply to the U.S. Naval Academy If you need to obtain a Social Security Number go to: – Social Security Online - www.ssa.gov Steps for Admission Continued Basic Requirements for Eligibility – United States Citizen – Good Moral Character – At Least 17 and not Past 23rd Birthday on 1 July of Entering the Academy – Unmarried – Not Pregnant – No Dependents Steps for Admission Continued Basic Requirements for Eligibility - Continued – If You Are Not Old Enough to Apply: Register with USNA @ register with USNA – Information on Summer Seminar will be sent in the Winter of your Junior Year Summer Seminar Application Serves as Preliminary Application Steps for Admission Continued Preliminary Application: – Must be Submitted to Become Official Candidate – Not Needed if you have applied for Summer Seminar Program After Being Designated as an Official Candidate for Admission: – Notified by Mail – Letter Sent no Earlier than mid-May – Provides Important Instructions on Proceeding with the Application Process Steps for Admission Continued Preliminary Application - Continued: – Ensure the Following Information is Available for Completing the Preliminary Application High School Educational Testing Service (ETS) Code Rank in High School Class – Provided by Counselor’s Office Congressional State and District (Where Your Family Votes) Zipcode + 4 SAT, ACT, or PSAT Scores Steps for Admission Continued To receive an offer of appointment, applicant must obtain a nomination from an official source: – Many Nomination Sources – Applicants Encouraged to Apply to All Available Sources – Sources Normally Include: U.S. Representative Two Senators Vice President of United States Steps for Admission Continued Apply for Nomination - Continued: – Many Nomination Sources US Senators, Representatives and Delegates The President of the U.S. The Vice President of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps (Active and Reserve) Reserve Officer Training Corps Units Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans Children of Prisoners of War or Servicemen Missing in Action Children of Medal of Honor Awardees Steps for Admission Continued Apply for Nomination - Continued: – Nomination Process is Similar to Applying for a School No Need to be Personally Acquainted with Person Providing the Nomination – Submitting Letters of Nomination Application Should be First Step – Contact Congressional and Senate Staff for Nomination Application Information and Deadlines Steps for Admission Continued Apply for Nomination - Continued: – Nomination Process is Similar to Applying for a School No Need to be Personally Acquainted with Person Providing the Nomination – Submitting Letters of Nomination Application Should be First Step – Contact Congressional and Senate Staff for Nomination Application Information and Deadlines Steps for Admission Continued Candidates Required to take Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I) or American College Test (ACT) – SAT and ACT Can Be Taken More Than Once Without Penalty Academy will Accept Highest Score in Each Category – Set Up Testing with High School Guidance Office or Register On-Line – May Qualify for Becoming Candidate Using PSAT PSAT Not Used as Final Admission Criteria Steps for Admission Continued College Admissions Tests - Continued – Official Test Results Required for Admission – Non-Standard Tests are Not Accepted for Admission Includes Un-Timed SAT and ACT Tests – Scores Should be Forwarded to USNA College Code Numbers – SAT-I - 5809 – ACT - 1742 Steps for Admission Continued Become Official Candidate: – If Preliminary Application Indicates Record is Strong Enough If Official Candidate Record is Indicated: – Receive Candidate Information Letter Upon Completion of Candidate File: – Admissions Board Reviews Your Record Complete On-Line Forms and Ensure Their Receipt by USNA Within 30 Days Steps for Admission Continued Required of All Candidates: – USNA is Physically Challenging – USNA Graduates Commissioned in a Wide Variety of Fields These Fields have Strict Medical Standards Candidate Contacted by: – Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB) – DoDMERB Provides Medical Scheduling Information – DoDMERB will Provide Exam Results to You Steps for Admission Continued Component of Application Submitted Electronically Purpose - Evaluate: – – – – Coordination Strength Speed Agility Steps for Admission Continued Decision to Attend USNA a Major One Interview Conducted with Blue and Gold Officer Interview Designed to Questions About: – Naval Academy – Naval Service Interview with Blue and Gold Officer is Required – Application is not Complete Without it Steps for Admission Continued Selection Process Used: – “Rolling Admissions” Admissions Board Assesses: – “Whole Person” Qualification Outstanding Record Can Result in “Early Offer” Most Candidates Notified of Final Status by 15 April This Could be You!