Just wanted to provide a little insight to those individuals that are considering self prepping at NMMI. If you go to their web site, it says, "Historically, approximately 40% of self-preps receive appointments from his/her academies. This number is predicated upon the cadet being a qualified candidate for an academy." The last two years the numbers have been significantly lower than 40%. Last year the number of Self Preps who gained an appointment to one of the Service Academies was below 10% - this year was even worse - around 5% - between 50 - 60 self preps and only three gained appointments - one to USAF and two to USMMA. The recent cuts in the DoD budget are having a significant trickle down effect to the Academies, in regards to appointment numbers. Major Don Hanak, who runs the Service Academy Prep program has commented several times via this forum that last year was bad and this year was terrible - with no relief on the immediate horizon. I believe that NMMI does a great job molding the cadets and providing a structured environment, but to think that you are going to attend as a self-prep and gain an appointment is almost unrealistic. Recent numbers support that statement. As with anything in life, do your homework by asking specific questions about recent results and always have a back up plan.