Friday, June 3, 2016

Profile of Calendar Year 2016 NUPOC Applicants

Below is a summary of the Academic Profile of NUPOC accessions so far this year (through 5 interviews).  ACT scores are converted to SAT score equivalents based on a conversion chart used for application reviews (which is based on your score's percentile).

We do have applicants who get accepted with GPA's and Test Scores below the averages listed here (1/4 of applicants are obviously below the lower bound of the interquartile ranges, and 1/4 above the upper bound).  At these levels or above you can reasonably expect to be given an opportunity to interview (no promises, that call is not made by me).  If you are below these, you should reach out to your Officer Recruiter (You can find yours here) and request an "Academic Pre-Screen".  This will involve him getting a copy (unofficial is fine at this point) of your transcripts and a screenshot or PDF showing your SAT/ACT scores which he will then forward to our office.  We review it and coordinate with Naval Reactors to determine whether you are academically competitive.  The "whole person concept" comes into account here (we do value your extra-curriculars and leadership positions) as does the caliber of your school and your major.  A 3.0 in Aerospace Engineering at Stanford will probably get a "Yes"; The same GPA in English Literature at a lesser school probably would not.

The moral of the story is that if the program appeals to you and you are willing to study hard if given the opportunity to come to interview, it is worthwhile to reach out to the officer recruiter.  The worst thing that can happen is that you get told "no" after a few short minutes of effort.

Without further ado, here's a snapshot of the data

Total Accessions (as of end of May):

SAT Scores:
Max - 800
Median - 710
Mean - 691
Interquartile Range - 650 - 730

Max - 800
Median - 630
Mean - 632
Interquartile Range - 560 - 690

Max - 4.0
Median - 3.56
Mean - 3.53
Interquartile Range - 3.28 - 3.72

Major / Course of Study:
Mechanical Engineering - 41
Chemical Engineering - 24
Physics - 16
Chemistry - 8
Aerospace Engineering - 8
Mathematics - 6
Materials Engineering - 5
Electrical Engineering - 5
All Other - 33

Top Producing Universities (2+ Accessions this year):
Brigham Young University
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Carnegie Mellon University
Drexel University
Georgia Tech
Grand Valley State University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology
Michigan State University
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rowan University
Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Texas A&M
University of Alabama
University of California Santa Cruz
University of California at Berkeley
University of Cincinnati
University of Florida
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Maryland at College Park
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
University of Texas at Austin
University of Utah
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Villanova University
West Virginia University

*Note: if no campus is specified, it is assumed to be the main campus for that University.  In larger University systems where multiple campuses often provide NUPOC Applicants, I specified.


  1. I have a quick question. What about individuals that graduate in May? Should they still apply or go through another route? I am senior in petroleum engineering and I have been keeping my options open. My GPA is right around a 3.1, but in my core engineering courses: thermo, mechanics of materials, fluids, dynamics, etc I have nothing less than B+.

  2. You should still apply. You do not need to have graduated to join NUPOC. Between your interview and graduation you won't have any obligations aside from finishing classes. You would end up going to OCS about a month after graduation.

  3. Based on your GPA your recruiter should submit a pre-screen to verify that you are qualified, but if you have Bs and up in all engineering coursework you should be in good shape.

  4. If I decided to go to a community college first before a 4 year university to save money, how would this affect my chances of getting into the NUPOC program?

    1. Typically, NR requires (at minimum) a full year of transcripts at a 4-year institution before permitting an applicant to interview. As such, there is a chance but not a certainty that this path could delay your acceptance.

  5. I am a junior in high school. I plan on majoring in civil engineering at UW-Madison. What are the chances of getting accepted into the NUPOC program as a CE major?

  6. Complete the required semesters of calculus and physics and maximize your GPA. Civil Engineering is treated the same as any other type of engineering, and UW-M has a top program so as long as you have good grades your chances are quite good.

  7. Hi i have a Bs nursing degree, would that matter if i want to apply for nupoc

    1. As long as your GPA and test scores are strong, that is probably fine. You should reach out to a local Recruiter to submit an "academic pre-screen". That will give you a 95% answer before you and the recruiter put a ton of effort in to let you know if it's worth proceeding.

  8. Howdy! So currently I'm a sophomore student at UNR studying Nuclear Materials Engineering. I'm doing great in my Engineerimg classes, majority As and a few Bs. However, my first semester I didn't do so well in my english class, I got a D. I took it again at another institution over the summer and got an A but it didn't replace the grade I got. Should I take it again to replace it before applying this January and push back the application to next summer or should I apply and hope for the best? Do I even still qualify? I'm looking at becoming a Submarine Officer. My GPA is currently a 3.5 woth rhat D.

    1. John,

      The D will certainly be a red flag on your application, but so long as the other grades are as you describe and there is not a broader trend it shouldn't kill your application. I am (cautiously) optimistic that you'd get screened to at least start phone interviews.

      Having said that, you're going to carry your GPA with you after you graduate and employers will continue to care about it for at least the first decade or so. If possible, I'd try to retake the class and replace the D with an A or B.


    2. Do you suggest I push back my application in order to retake it. I want to replace it but if I could get to the phone interviews with how it is currently, I am confident I will be able to get through the rest of the process with plenty of studying of course. Then after, I will be retaking it.

    3. John,

      Not necessarily. I'd try to apply now, but if you are not "screened" to be academically qualified, then apply again after retaking the course.

      Even if accepted I'd plan to retake the course just for improving my resume. If you decide to make the Navy a career then it won't really matter, but at this stage better to maximize your options and having a high GPA does that.


  9. As a Business major, having done three quarters of calculus, is there any chance for me? I have not taken any classes related to engineering, but am open to taking the mandatory requisites.

    Thank you in advance.

    1. It's definitely possible. For example, I was an economics major. Having said that, the vast majority of applicants are STEM majors, and there is an expectation that applicants who are not must be very attractive to be considered.

      At the end of the day, so long as NR is convinced that you can do the technical work you're in good shape. That's just a harder sell to make without the coursework to back it up. (Test scores, GPA, extra-curricular involvement, etc. can help on that front)

      You should reach out to a recruiter to submit a pre-screen, and note that if you are not eligible now that you are open to taking additional classes, etc. to get there. It's easy to submit, and the worst they can say is "no".

  10. what courses does nupoc require?

    1. I believe this is covered elsewhere in detail, but 2 semesters of calculus and 2 of calculus-based physics