Some food for thought. This time of year it seems we see so many posts from people asking about stats, comparing stats with those who have received appointments, and those who have been rejected. Listen, I get it. This is normal. But I would caution anyone who does this that it can lead to confusion and resentment. Just look back in history on the boards for whatever academy and you will see heartbreaking posts from parents and applicants alike wondering how they were passed up when they had such stellar stats. Or how someone else was offered an Appointment over them with stats that didn't match up. Folks, this happens every year, and I would say to try and avoid asking others for their stats, or comparing your stats to theirs. From an Admissions perspective, there is so much more that goes into offering an Appointment to someone than just stats. The needs of the XXXXX Academy is an example. Of course there are recruited athletes, and those parameters are very different for NCAA DIII schools vs. DI schools. Perhaps an Academy has trumpet players that are graduating and needs freshman trumpet players for the band. There would be preference there you may not have considered. Perhaps there is an applicant from a underrepresented geographical area, or underrepresented minority that may receive some preference. Then there are the hidden parts of the application that you may never know about. Perhaps a recommender that you listed didn't write you a stellar recommendation like you thought they would. Perhaps you scored a solid 30 ACT composite score, but your math score was a 25, but it's the 30 that you choose to list when you talk about your stats. I say all this as a word of caution both to those who think their stats are so good that they couldn't possibly get rejected, and also to those who think their stats just may not be good enough. I remember a few years ago when our son applied for USNA and USCGA (long before I was an Admissions Partner). I read all of those that posted their stats, thinking he didn't stand a chance. His stats were good, but not as good as some I was reading that had gotten rejected in years prior. As it turned out, he received LOA's to both academies as well as the NROTC scholarship, and of course we were all very humbled. What exactly it was about his application that made him stand out, I will never fully understand. So, keep in mind, whether an Appointment comes or doesn't come has much more to do with many other factors, than just with the stats you see posted on these boards. So much more goes into it through time honored processes and procedures very few understand completely. The various Admissions Boards to the best they can to pick the most diverse, well-rounded, qualified candidates that meet the needs of the academy they serve. Do they ever miss the mark sometimes and pass someone that should have gotten in? Sure. Likewise, they allow some in from time to time that don't succeed. It's not a perfect process. Keep that in mind when you ask someone to share their stats, or choose to make your own stats public. You are never comparing "apples to apples", no matter how you look at it. Good luck to all of you that are still waiting.