Hey everyone, I am a current HS senior, did not receive a nomination this year, but am still definitely interested in USNA. I plan on attending a civilian college my freshman year, and reapplying to USNA. My Blue and Gold Officer, people I met with at USNA, and my Congressman's service academy coordinator told me that I would be a very competitive candidate, leaving me surprised not to receive a nomination. My stats were on par for the most part with Navy's admissions (29 Math, 34 Verbal on ACT) and I had taken leadership roles in high school. In simplified terms, I think I can still be a competitive candidate for next year. My regional officer said that NAPS is still an option for me. I really hope I can get an offer there to improve my math abilities a tad, but if not, I will attend a regular college and try to apply for the Class of 2020. That is a little background on my process. I am posting here to seek advice from anyone who is familiar with the process of transferring from a civilian college, or is knowledgeable about the Academy about what I can do in college to bolster my chances the second time around. I was thinking that joining an NROTC unit at the college I attend is a good idea (applied for Marine NROTC scholarship...if not granted, I will join a unit at my school "off scholarship") doing well in all of my classes, trying to attain leadership role(s), and retaking ACT/SAT. That all being said, if anyone who has taken this path can weigh in on what they think I can do to better my chances the second time around and share their experience (or their child's if a parent) it would be much appreciated.