Drews Mitchell, LEAP Counselor, had the privilege of attending the Center of Influence Conference at the US Naval Academy. You can focus your search with his tips.
The United States Naval Academy has a reputation of excellence that is truly well deserved. My experiences at the Centers of Influence Conference solidified my positive opinions of the institution, but also enlightened me to a few “hidden gems” that may not be available through a study of their website. These are seven of the items that stood out in learning about the admissions process at the USNA:
Complete the process! There were approximately 3,300 students who actually fulfilled each step of the application last year. There are 1,191 students in the class of 2018. The odds of obtaining acceptance will increase dramatically by meeting the application requirements. The primary stumbling block is often securing the congressional nomination. Be sure to get to know your representatives well.
Consider the Whole Person Score (WPS). The USNA is interested in developing students morally, mentally and physically. Each candidate is given a score that will measure academics, athletics and leadership. While the WPS typically weighs academics highly, leadership and physical fitness are also valued. Don’t give up on the process if one of these areas may seem to be weaker than the norm.
Don’t give up! Many students who did not make it reapply after one year of college. Demonstrated interest can help. The Naval Academic Prep School in Newport, RI is another great option for some students who may not quite be ready for the academic rigors as a true 4th class student. The admissions board will determine who is offered a position in the preparatory program.
Be STEM ready. Two-thirds of USNA students have a STEM major. Taking Chemistry and Physics in high school is required. Don’t forget to explore the STEM camps offered in Annapolis each summer.
Consider the future. Vice Admiral Carter (Superintendent) stated the new Cyber Operations major will help to prepare midshipmen for the future of naval warfare. Tech savvy high school students who desire a Naval commission should give strong consideration to this potential career option. Plans are underway for a 206,000 square foot cyber operation building to be started in 2016.
Be on a team. All sports are helpful in getting into the Naval Academy, but team sports are particularly attractive.
Seek out the Blue and Gold Officer. The Naval Academy does a great job of utilizing many people to help with the admissions process. The Blue and Gold officer for your region can be found on the USNA website. This person will not only help to guide you through the process, but will also interview you for the office of admissions. Be thorough, responsible and professional when working with the Blue and Gold Officer.
Like most things of value, it takes tremendous work to complete a Naval Academy application. While challenging, the rewards are incredible. LEAP is happy to help with this exciting journey!
College SelectionDemonstrated Interest
Admissions Rate: 9%
If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at United States Naval Academy is 9%. For every 100 applicants, only 9 are admitted.
This means the school is extremely selective. Meeting their GPA requirements and SAT/ACT requirements is very important to getting past their first round of filters and proving your academic preparation. If you don't meet their expectations, your chance of getting is nearly zero.
After crossing this hurdle, you'll need to impress United States Naval Academy application readers through their other application requirements, including extracurriculars, essays, and letters of recommendation. We'll cover more below.
United States Naval Academy GPA Requirements
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
Average GPA: 3.88
The average GPA at United States Naval Academy is 3.88.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. This school did not officially report its average GPA, but we've estimated it here using data from over 1,000 schools.)
With a GPA of 3.88, United States Naval Academy requires you to be near the top of your class, and well above average. Your transcript should show mostly A's. Ideally, you will also have taken several AP or IB classes to show that you can handle academics at a college level.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.88, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
SAT and ACT Requirements
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to United States Naval Academy. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.
United States Naval Academy SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
Average SAT: 1400 (Old: 1341)
The average SAT score composite at United States Naval Academy is a 1400 on the 1600 SAT scale.
On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1341. (According to our records, this school requires only Reading and Math, so this score is out of 1600.)
This score makes United States Naval Academy Competitive for SAT test scores.
United States Naval Academy SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1250, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1450. In other words, a 1250 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1450 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
|Section||Average||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
United States Naval Academy SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1180, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1380. In other words, a 1180 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1380 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
|Section||Average||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
United States Naval Academy has the Score Choice policy of "Highest Section."
This is also known as "superscoring." This means that you can choose which SAT tests you want to send to the school. Of all the scores they receive, your application readers will consider your highest section scores across all SAT test dates you submit.
Click below to learn more about how superscoring critically affects your test strategy.
For example, say you submit the following 3 test scores:
Even though the highest total you scored on any one test date was 1000, United States Naval Academy will take your highest section score from all your test dates, then combine them to form your Superscore. You can raise your composite score from 1000 to 1400 in this example.
This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and United States Naval Academy forms your Superscore, you can take the SAT as many times as you want, then submit only the tests that give you the highest Superscore. Your application readers will only see that one score.
Therefore, if your SAT superscore is currently below a 1450, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the SAT and retaking it. You have a very good chance of raising your score, which will significantly boost your chances of getting in.
Even better, because of the Superscore, you can focus all your energy on a single section at a time. If your Reading score is lower than your other sections, prep only for the Reading section, then take the SAT. Then focus on Math for the next test, and so on. This will surely give you the highest Superscore possible.
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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
United States Naval Academy considers the SAT/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that United States Naval Academy requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.
Final Admissions Verdict
Because this school is extremely selective, getting a high SAT/ACT score and GPA is vital to having a chance at getting in. If you don't pass their SAT/ACT and GPA requirements, they'll likely reject you without much consideration.
To have the best shot of getting in, you should aim for the 75th percentile, with a 1380 SAT . You should also have a 3.88 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score.
For a school as selective as United States Naval Academy, you'll also need to impress them with the rest of your application. We'll cover those details next.
But if you apply with a score below a 1380 SAT , you unfortunately start out with the odds against you and have a tiny chance of getting in. There are just too many students with high SAT/ACT scores and strong applications, and you need to compete against them.
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Every school requires an application with the bare essentials - high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We'll cover the exact requirements of United States Naval Academy here.
Application Requirements Overview
- Common ApplicationNot accepted
- Universal ApplicationNot accepted
- Electronic ApplicationAvailable
- Essay or Personal StatementRequired for all freshmen
- Letters of Recommendation2
- Application FeeNo fee required
- Fee Waiver Available?None
- Other NotesAge 17-22, medical exam, authorized nomination, candidate fitness test required for freshmen
- SAT or ACTRequired
- SAT or ACT WritingOptional
- SAT Subject Tests
- Scores Due in OfficeJanuary 31
- SubjectRequired Years
- Foreign Language
- Social Studies
Deadlines and Early Admissions
- Regular Admission
- YesJanuary 31Rolling, notification begins April 15
- Early Action
- Early Decision
Admissions Office Information
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