I mentioned to a friend that 1,300 cadets enter the Academy, and about 1,000 graduate. I expected him to say, "wow, it must be tough." However, he said, that's a very high graduation rate compared to other colleges. I did some research and found quotes like the following: According to American College Testing (ACT), one in every four students leaves college before completing sophomore year. What's more, nearly half of all freshmen will either drop out before getting their degree or complete their college education elsewhere We all know that comparing the Academy to a "regular college"is like comparing apples and oranges, and comparing cadets to "regular students" is similarly difficult; however, it is worth noting that the Academy has a high graduation rate when compared to other colleges. I state this because many incoming cadets will likely, at one or more times in the next few months, say to themselves, "I wish I went to "regular" college." To that I say, your chances of succeeding elsewhere are less than if you stay at the Academy. All things being equal, your best chance for success is with the Academy. (Of course I realize individuals may have other factors at play....I'm just speaking generally.) To the incoming class, good luck, stick with it, keep your sense of humor, and you'll succeed.