I am a canidate for the USMA class of 2012 and I have heavily been looking into SMC like the Citadel, VMI, and Norwich. I visited the Citadel and had an admissions meeting at VMI. Both were very nice places. I became more attracted to the Citadel after reading the Free book one of the Deans gave me at VMI entitled The Institute. I also enjoy Charleston alittle bit more than Lexington. - A few questions. Is rat year at VMI really that bad ? - And say I wanted to re-apply to west Point would I be hindered at one of these schools?