Okay...today, lets just say I had a slight awakening. My academics are probably not as strong as they should be. I'm sitting at about a 3.4 GPA. My SAT is 590CR 580M. I do believe my extracurriculars are quite strong, however. 350+ volunteer hours at a single organization, a bit of other dedicated volunteer service including organizing a run that raised several thousand dollars, designed and managed a website, held several law firm internships, worked as a congressional page, captain of debate, work at a legal aid society during the school year, on a semi-pro cycling team, etc. I still plan on putting 110% forward with my SA and ROTC apps, but I want a backup plan so I can hit the ground running if I do get a TWE. Now I heard about Marion Military Institute through a friend of my moms. Her husband had gone there. Before that, I knew a bit about it through the SAP program. My question deals with the SAP program for people who are not sponsored by a SA. I'm not worried about cost, so let's take that out of the equation. My main focus is success on getting accepted from Marion to USNA, specifically. If I were to attend and take the academy's recommended college courses, work hard, and pull solid grades...is there a strong chance of recieving an appointment? I know its a bit early to be planning out a backup, but I like to feel comfortable and tend to always have a few options in the background. Additionally, for those with direct experience with marion...what do you feel about the school? I know its a broad question. But any comments are greatly appreciated. I've been looking, but haven't been able to find tons of information. If you can direct me to some info as well, that would be greatly appreciated!