I know this question has been asked in previous years, and I know that summer programs may differ from academy to academy, but I am writing to ask those that know if acceptance to AIM is more than just a selection of the geographically underrepresented. Does attendance at AIM increase your chances of acceptance at all? Obviously if you go and make a good impression, I understand that can help, and visa versa if you make a bad impression. DS is applying to three of the five service academies (USCGA, USNA and USMMA). Those were selected simply because he loves the ocean and wants to serve as an officer in our armed forces. (Don't flame me USMMA folks....Commissioning is still is advertised as an option for USMMA grads). I am sure once there he would be open to a career in the Merchant Marine. Also, back up commissioning plan is VMI on a NROTC Scholarship if he gets it. His stats are 3.9 GPA (Unweighted), 4.7 (Weighted), top 5% of his class of 540, All AP, Honors and IB classes when available. Taking AP Calc his Senior along with IB Math. ACT is 28 Composite (28 Math / 27 English), Senior Class Representative, Captain of Varsity Lacrosse team, Lacrosse MVP for last two years, also All Region Lacrosse, multiple service clubs, high-school Advanced Choir, Church musician and Choir. He would love to play varsity lacrosse in college, but that isn't the priority as he knows there is always Club Lacrosse at any of the schools. Not that is should matter, but he is of mixed Caucasian/Asian heritage, but looks asian. He attended NASS at the Naval Academy and loved it. AIM is coming up in a couple of weeks and knowing him, he will also love it. He has been on top of all of his applications, etc. All three congressional packets are in, BGO interview is next week, NROTC application has been in since May, USMMA Application is complete. Only waiting on the Coast Guard and VMI to open in September. CFA was done at NASS and he nearly maxed all categories. I know at NASS they say that attendance has little bearing on admission later on. Wondering if USCGA is the same? Seems like NASS has far more kids than they do at USCGA. Also seems like the programs are very different. (Summer Campish vs. a taste of Swab Summer) Anyhow, any input, guidance, ideas, etc would be appreciated. It has been fun watching him go through the process and we often read these boards together. It is the experience walking with him through this that I will always cherish.