Professional Service Academy Consultants is unique in that our consultants have worked in a Service Academy Admissions Office and know what makes an application stand out. Also, our services and packages are specialized to work with clients at any stage of the application process from the aspiring High School Freshman to a Senior starting the application process. In addition, we offer hourly consulting options as well as our popular Interview Preparation Course.
Each of our Services is customized for where you are in the application process. We can help you as early as your Freshman year with early preparation or as a Senior perfecting your application for submittal.
Whole Person Strategy Development
Each Service Academy places a slightly different emphasis on Academic Preparation, Character/ Leadership, and Physical Fitness, but all use the “Whole Person” concept when evaluating a candidate. We understand that no student is perfect. Shining in several areas of an application can increase a student’s chances of getting an Appointment. Professional Service Academy Consultants gets to know a student and will develop a strategy to address any weaknesses in an application while highlighting a student’s assets.
One of the biggest frustrations for parents and students is the application process. A Service Academy’s application is complex, lengthy and has many parts, each designed to highlight specific aspects of a student. Parents and students may find it difficult to navigate and keep track of each piece. Also, a student must track deadlines related to a Congressional or Senatorial Nomination. This adds another, completely separate process with its own objectives and deadlines. Professional Service Academy Consultants keep parents and students on track and ready to turn in everything before the deadlines; while creating a cohesive application package that displays all of a student’s excellent characteristics.
No matter if you are interested in the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, or the Military Academy, a student’s academic record is probably the most important factor in the application. Service Academies' curriculums are challenging and Admissions Panels want to make sure the student is prepared for the rigorous academics. Panels look at a variety of factors including grades, class standing, strength of the student’s high school and the type of classes took based on what the school offers. Each of these factors has trade-offs and though academics IS a major factor, it is not the only factor. Professional Service Academy Consultants understands the process and can help balance a student’s academic record with the rest of his/her achievements to maximize student’s probability to attend the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, or the Military Academy.
ACT/SAT Score Review/Guidance
After Academics, ACT/SAT scores are the next most important determining criteria for Academy appointments. ACT/SAT scores are important because they are an objective criterion available to separate applicants from one another since students from around the country take the same set of tests. Each Academy has a range of scores that they commonly accept and will accept students on the bottom of their range only if a student has other attributes that make them stand out. Since these scores are so important, often the question is, “Should I retake the SAT/ACT?” or “Which should I take the ACT or SAT?” We recommend early and often. Take the SAT/ACT as early as possible and continue to take until his/her scores are close the reported mean of each Academy. Also, we recommend taking both since some students perform better on one test or the other. Professional Service Academy Consultants will review the student’s scores and help the student determine if the student should retake a test when the rest of their file is taken under consideration.
Air Force Academy, Military Academy, and Naval Academy are a vehicle to educate, train, and commission the future military leaders of our country. Each Service Academy is searching for tomorrow’s next leaders. One of the best ways for Admissions Panels to evaluate leadership potential is through a student’s past performance or experiences. Many times students sell themselves short and do not communicate their true leadership experiences. This is a huge loss to the student’s application. Professional Service Academy Consultants works one-on-one with a student to not only bring out every leadership experience, but we will teach a student how to communicate their experiences in the most effective manner. Also, we can offer advice on possible leadership opportunities and projects that can enhance a student’s application.
Personal Talent/Trait Analysis
The Air Force Academy, Military Academy, and Naval Academy are looking for a very diverse population of students from all over the country with a variety of experiences. Each student has talents and traits that can add to their application. Admissions panels want to see these come out in the student’s application. Professional Service Academy Consultants will work one-on-one with a student to bring out a student’s talents and help them express these within their application so the Admissions Panel can really “see” the student.
Extracurricular involvement is another part of the “Whole Person” concept. A student needs more than just great academics to get offered an appointment. Admissions Panels are looking for the whole package. Professional Service Academy Consultants will assess a student’s extracurricular activities, identify any holes, offer suggestions for improvement, or help develop a strategy to address any weaknesses.
Essay/Writing Sample Review
Each assessment and analysis listed above helps us to really to get to your background. This helps identify the “golden nuggets” in your experiences that help express the most compelling story about you. We want to stress the term “story”. Admissions Panels read thousands of essays and without a compelling “story” you might get lost in the crowd. Then, we help identify the best topics and theme for your essay/writing sample so that you can stand out. We also provide you with a brainstorming exercise and give you feedback on ideas you present to us BEFORE you even start working on a draft.
Resume/Student Profile Review
Academies require a Resume or some sort of Student Profile. Each assessment and analysis listed above helps create that resume or profile. Our Consultants have sat on Admissions Panels and know what type of items the Panels are looking to see. Also our in-depth review of the student and their activities will bring out many characteristics and activities that students usually forget or do not know to put on their resume or profile.
Depending on which Service Academy you are looking to attend, an Interview may be required. Also, some Congressional and Senatorial Nomination Panels require an interview. Professional Service Academy Consultants have created an Interview Preparation course to prepare the student for these interviews. We include possible questions, what to wear, and what the interviewers’ general expectations are. We also work personally with the student and conduct mock interviews to fully prepare the student for the stresses that interviews can cause. You can also review our selection of books to help with interviews.
Letters of Recommend Guidance
Letters of Recommendation can add tremendously to a student’s applicant. Many students think that a Letter of Recommend from a famous or important person will guarantee entry. This is not the case. A well written letter from a neighbor or family friend who has known the student for a long time can be and usually is a more persuasive letter. Admissions Panels are looking for specific attributes and want to “see” the student through another’s eyes. Professional Service Academy Consultants will provide a student with guidance on the types of items that should be in recommend letters and offer guidance on who to seek letters of recommend from.
The Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) really sets Air Force Academy, Military Academy, and Naval Academy applications apart from any other university. Students MUST pass a physical fitness test if they would like earn an Appointment to a Service Academy. Professional Service Academy Consultants will review a student’s physical fitness, provide tips to prepare, as well as help students fully understand what the CFA consists of. You can also purchase our book for help on the CFA.
While no one can guarantee you entry to the Air Force Academy, Military Academy, or Naval Academy our services can help you present the most complete and competitive package possible.
Please review our admissions packages and contact us for a FREE initial consultation.