I'm now finished applying to the USAFA and have received my nomination , but the one thing I have been worried about is my GPA. It currently stands at at a 3.42 and will likely stay about the same after first semester. I get the feeling that it is lower than the average for the Academy. All my extracurriculars are fine, I am an eagle scout, I've received the Mitchell Award (CAP), I am a co-captain on the XC team and I have soloed a plane. I am interested in how they will compare the GPA to other factors. Here are a few things I've been wondering about as far as the selection panel's consideration when analyzing the academic component. In particular I am curious about how these things compare with the importance of the GPA and Class rank. 1. Course Composition: I've stayed in almost entirely advanced courses throughout highschool, and I'll be taking 7 AP tests at the end of the year. In our school these grades are unweighted and students will typically have to be taking no sports or major extracurriculars to be able to pull straight A's with a heavy course load. 2. Competitiveness of the High School: Our school is ranked highly nationwide as far as who gets into what colleges and the average testing scores of students. I'm assuming this info gets put in the high school profile that is sent with the secondary school report. I know that our school does not usually release class rank due to the unusually competitive environment and that they gave a special release for Academy purposes and said I was in the top 30%. 3. Standardized Test Scores: Will the academy be less critical of a lower GPA if they notice above average (for the Academy) test scores in supplement with the difficult classes. My SAT scores were Critical Reading: 670 Math: 720 Writing: 620. Thank you for your Input.