OK, new here, trying to help DS, a candidate for 2018 classes: 1) The West Point timeline and other correspondence from USMA indicates that the candidate should apply now (Spring of junior year) for nominations: 2) VP Nomination is open now. Pretty simple to complete that one. 3) Texas MOC's, both Senators and Rep, advise their websites will be open for 2018 applications on or about 1 April. 4) DS has average (based on previous classes) SAT scores already, Eagle Scout already, Varsity letters, etc. But, with time still left before deadlines in October, you can always improve. He has the ACT planned in April and another SAT in May, plus running for football team captain in May, NHS officer later, etc. His 6th semester grades wouldn't be final on any transcript he sent with an application dated in April-May. Should he go ahead and apply shortly after 1 April when they open for nomination applications? How do you update them with activities, letters, etc. after they are sent off the first time? Do they allow that? Sending them test scores is easy. I assume they marry those up as they come in. Is there an advantage/disadvantage to applying early?