Well, I am a Senior at a Northern Virginia High School this year. I attended AIM last summer as a junior and did well there. I applied early action to the Academy and was deferred and then recently rejected. I attend a challenging private catholic school. My gpa is like a 3.75 weighted, and I the hardest classes possible at my high school. This senior year I do have a C- in Calculus which could be a problem, but besides that I have only As and Bs throughout all of high school. Although my grades are slightly below the average, I do not see them as an issue. SAT scores were fine: 670, 700, and 760 with a 12/12 on writing. Class rank was like 40/260. Activities were fine: VP of National Honor Society, Star rank Boy Scout, 4 years of Varsity Swim Team and summer teams, JV (10) and Varsity Track (11,12), VP of German Club, National German Honor Society, volunteered providing childcare for transitional housing families, and a member of the Student Ambassadors Executive Board (like student government). I have worked as a Lifeguard the past three summers, and was the Head Lifeguard of a major pool last summer. My PFE scores were relatively low (like 210) as I am not a big buff dude, and in track i run the 110 meter High Hurdles and 300 meter Intermediate Hurdles Sprints. I did not contact any coaches. I did get the only perfect score on the Indoc test at AIM in Echo Company, so I guess that should help. The Hercules has a wider wingspan than length haha. Going to the academy was my dream and still is. I loved my week there during AIM and will get in there somehow. So should I attend Villanova University next year and re-apply regular desicion to USCGA with improved High School math class grades and PFE scores, or defer my admission at Villanova for a year and enlist in the Coast Guard this fall while I concurrently re-apply for USCGA? The way I see it, going through basic training at Cape May and deferring college for a year should show the admissions staff how serious i am about the Academy and get me in? Thoughts?