My DS was invited to the candidate visitation weekend last weekend and we accompanied him from CA for this visit. There have been threads about should you go to CVW if attended NASS and so I though I would share our experience to help any of you decide if it is worth making this trip. Plain and simple- GO!!!! There were about 120-150 kids invited and their was a scheduled for both the candidates and a separate schedule for parents. We attended many of the parents events and met up with our DS for the tour of the STEM labs (excellent). Unlike NASS- this gave my son a true picture of life as a plebe- including getting up in 30 degree temps (remember from CA!!-YIKES) for PT- attending classes and watching the mids try not to fall asleep in class cause they are so tired ,noon formation and eating in Kings hall with 4400 mids, the newly built Kings court (open Fri- Sun and said food was amazing!). He experienced a typical Friday night- hanging in the yard with plebes watching the upperclassman pack and head off for an away weekend. He was friends with his plebe from back home so we spent Saturday when he had liberty with him as well and they hung out in DTA Sat night. The plebes paint a true picture of their experience at the USNA- the good and the difficult things and with a lot of encouragement that things will get better as the years go on. We all know SA is not like going to a typical college. There were several candidates who were at CVW who realized it way probably not the best fit for them. As a parent I could pick them out in the group. A few of them had even attended NASS and liked it but after this weekend realized a civilian college is a better fit-mixed with ROTC. They explained in the briefing that CVW was designed to do exactly that... give the candidate the experience to decide if this is the right fit. It is not part of the evaluation process. The Plebes do a write up on the "drag" and I gather that unless completely negative, it does not get factored into the process much at all. Talk to your BGO and if you did not receive a CVW, express an interest. I gather that the BGO doesn't determine who attends but can relay this interest to admissions and if they deem the candidate competitive they may extend an offer. In talking to admissions I understand they have another set for Dec (I believe it is full) and then a few in spring. Admissions said they offer CVW to competitive candidates and in our group it seemed that many of the candidates were not completed with their application but pretty far along. In conclusion, my CA DS did not love the weather-(heavy winds, rain mixed with snow Sat- the coldest weekend yet this fall! go figure!) but LOVED the USNA! For him it affirmed that the USNA is his 1st choice ahead of the USAFA (which he attended SS at and has applied as well) After the long application process he has completed I think he was beginning to lose steam and motivation to retake ACTs and give it one final push and finish up his nom packets which are due Dec 1 (he is 3Q with pres nom already). CVW gave him exactly what he needed... the drive to grind it out and finish strong. GO NAVY!!