July 13, 2011

USNA-Bound? Take Inventory of Your Skills

As you start your freshman year, or maybe your sophomore year, take inventory of where you are right now, to fulfilling the

USNA midshipman

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requirements of USNA admission:

What’s your SAT score?

First try:___________________________________

Second try:_________________________________

Third try:__________________________________

The average SAT is over 1800 (600 on each section). They don’t commit to a minimum requirement because they want to select the whole person. Set your prersonal goal to get the best score you can. Take it as often as you can tolerate, or as often as you keep improving.

What’s your class standing_____________________

80 of applicants rank in the top 20%, but aim for the top 10%. Do the best you can.

Extra-curricular activities__________________________________________

Participate in as many as possible. It’s important to show you’re active, busy, no down time, and happy with that schedule. Because that’s the way your life will be as a Mid. If you need lots of relaxation, you might rethink a USNA goal. If it’s just a matter of acclimating to busi-ness, start now while you have time.

Physical aptitude:______________________________________________

Join competitive sports–varsity or JV. Join outside-school teams. Work out at a gym. Take Martial Arts (you’ll have to take it as a Plebe at the Academy). Get in the best shape you can so you’re ready for the Candidate Fitness Assessment prior to acceptance.

Any medical issues?____________________________________________

If there are, solve them now, but don’t get eye surgery. That is an automatic disqualification. Wait until they do it for you.

Update this list as often as it changes. Stay on top of these critical items, so they aren’t an issue as the day approaches. Tomorrow I’ll show you how to set up a spread sheet in Excel to track everything you do in High School. This will be important wherever you apply, whether it’s USNA or Arizona State.


Jacqui Murray is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, an ISTE article reviewer, a weekly contributor to Write Anything and mother of a Naval Officer and an Army grunt. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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