Well I wanted to start this so that future applicants should know what to achieve and aim for. I was always curious about what I needed and should do in order to receive the appointment. I hope other appointees add on to this list GPA: 3.98(unweighted) Rank: 48/696 9 AP courses taken, and rest are gifted and honors. School EC: Key Club Secretary, NHS, Mu Alpha Theta, Multiple church leaderships (3), national history club Sports: YOU NEED SPORTS or else you are "disqualified." I was in this situation, but I figured out that martial arts classes that I took during my freshman and sophomore year counted as sports. (Kendo) Nominations: Both senators didn't even give me an opportunity for an interview, but my house rep did. I only had 1 nomination, but it worked out perfectly fine. Other factors: 500+ community service hours, 2 President's Volunteer Awards, Korean, Korean as first language, naturalized citizen right after ALO interview. I had disciplinary issues before if some of you guys are wondering. Be sincere and honest about what happened. Tell the admissions counselor what happened exactly what occurred, what you learned, how you changed, and how sorry you are about the incident. I had one incident. Magnitude and repetition of incidents may hurt your chances.