Hello all! What a great site! I hope I'm posting properly as I've never been on one of these forum type sites before We live in the Phx suburbs. My son is just finishing his junior year and is in the preliminary stages of his app to the AFA. This has been his dream since he was quite young and I want to do anything I can to help him. He was accepted to summer seminar and will be attending in June, last session. Anyone else from AZ on here with a son/daughter going at that time??? I would appreciate any advice from those of you that have been through this app process already. We've been in contact with our local AFA liasion and just went to a conference hosted by our local congressman for students interested in any of the service academies. My son has is taking mostly honors and AP classes but I've heard none of the academies even look at weighted GPA's or care if you took honors or AP. My sons AFJROTC instructor even told me that...said all they care about is a row of A's...don't care if it's regular courses or AP. I decided I wasn't going to dumb-down my son's education and make him take regular classes just so he could get A's. He wants to challenge himself with honors and AP and I agreed. So, he has several B's in some of those classes and we are worried that will hurt his chances. He still has above a 3.5 unweighted, above 4.0 weighted. Anyone out there have any feeback on this with grades? I know they consider lots of other things. My son has good test scores, tons of leadership stuff on his resume, eagle scout, etc, but I know all that still won't mean he will get in. I saw some posts on here about kids not getting in unless they were varsity athletes in high school. Anyone have any feedback or experience with that? My son is on varsity football, but 2nd string, not alot of playing time and probably not college material. He's afraid this will hurt his chances to get in though he DOES have a varsity letter from this year and hopefully will play more next year as a senior. Just a nervous mom who wants to see her boys dream come true but knows it's SOOOO competitive! Back up plan is to apply for AFROTC scholarships and go to Embry Riddle perhaps (after I sell a kidney to pay for the $50k plus per year cost!) Looking forward to meeting great people on here!