As I begin looking for the 5 college choice list for NROTC scholarship app, I began wondering what would be the best path if I wanted to re-apply for USNA next year: 1. Attend a prestigious college and possibly not get the top GPA? 2. Attend an instate school where earning the top grades is easier? Plus many state colleges offer honor colleges. logic is- Should I be the big fish in a small bowl or just a medium size fish in a huge aquarium? How does USNA view attending a top30 school vs going to a state college? It is probably harder to stand out academically at Duke than at NC State (just an example, not personal).