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What types of things should I do to get into the Naval Academy?

I am a high school sophomore and I get good grades. My brother is now a plebe at West Point. Will that help for my application? Also, I am attending college classes at Harvard this summer. #military #navy

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Stephen’s Answer

Hi Ben. My name is Steve and I'm a graduate of the Naval Academy. The Academies look for several things when qualifying prospective candidates, including academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service, and leadership. If you're only a sophomore you have plenty of time to develop in any area you might currently feel you're delinquent. If you’re earning good grades, great! Keep it up. Consider signing up for a preparation course to prepare for the SAT/ACT. If you're not currently playing a varsity sport or involved in a some form of competitive or outdoor activity (chess, rifle shooting, mountain climbing) sign up for something and during the application process be able to demonstrate your physical aptitude and abilities. Are you a Boy Scout? Do you volunteer at your church? Academies like to see you're involved in your community. You're never too young to give back. Do you hold any leadership positions at your school, in your community, at your church, or in your house/neighborhood?


As you may know, part of the application process will include a recommendation from your Congressman. You can find out who your congressional representative is by submitting your zip code at this link -- http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/


Hope this helps. Good luck!

Thank you comment icon Very helpful tip. Thanks so much Benjamin
Thank you comment icon Thanks alot Jon
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Thomas’s Answer

Focus on good grades, extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, and physical fitness. And consider applying to all service academies. I don't know if the nomination process is the same as when I applied (literally decades ago) but I remember selecting my preference in order for the service academies, and someone told me what happens is the staff from each of the three congressional offices - the two Senators and the Representative with whom I applied - all got together and compared preferences to make sure as many kids got a nomination as they were allowed. But it's still important to be strong academically, physically, and morally because a nomination does not guarantee acceptance. These are all things you probably know from watching your sibling go through the process. But by simply asking this question, you're doing the right thing. Now it's time to execute and focus on building a strong case for acceptance.
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James’s Answer

First of all, I would not hang my hat on just one service academy. Apply to all and then see if you can get into any. If you want to make yourself an attractive applicant, stand out. Do something that makes you unique. Service academies are competitive. They will have lots of qualified candidates. But they always want to diversify their student body. Be that diversity for them. Be a student they don't already have.
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Alyssa’s Answer

Yes getting good grades will help you get into the Naval Academy. You need to graduation in the top 40% of your class. I would also work on your physical fitness as that is a large part of the military. Studying for your standardized tests is important when getting accepted too. I also think your brother will be able to network and be able to get you in contact with the schools admissions team.
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