Does anybody know....???

  1. Hi everyone,
    My 17-year old son just was nominated by our congressman for admission into West Point for fall of next year. Getting into West Point has been my son's dream. We are not a military family, so this nomination is quite an achievement for him. Being rather naive about all of this nomination process, I have a few questions. Hopefully, somebody out there can help me. How is nomination by a congressman different from nomination by a senator? What further "weeding out" process will my son encounter? What percentage of those nominated are finally accepted?
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  3. by   Zee_RN
    No idea! Just didn't want you to think no one was responding...I simply haven't a clue . No one military in this family either.
  4. by   Dplear
    Each congressman and senator have a selected amt of people that they can nominate to each academy. Also the President of the United States is allowed to nominate anyone he so chooses and he does not have a limit on nominations. the only other group of people allowed to nominate anyone is Medal of Honor winners and their nomination falls under the presidential nomination. Once nominated the student submits his application/paperwork to the academy of choice be it WestPoint, Annapolis, or Colorado Springs. the student is then evalutated against all other applicants for those slots ope. An Average of 500 spots per schoool per year. The good news is that very few congressman and Senators nominate anyone for the Schools, so the chances are really good that he could get in. Another bright spot is that even if he does not get in this year he may get in the following year. The key is to keep up the grades in college and reappy.

    i know this from personal experience. I blew a nomination to Colorado Springs. I had a Presidential nomination in High School and I let my grades slip due to having to work and support my parents at that time. The lessons we all learn.......

  5. by   VickyRN
    Thank you so much for the information and encouragement.
    Dave, I'm very sorry about your experience. Sounds like you had a very heavy load for a teenager, having to work and support your parents.