I have spent a lot of time reading through these forums, and I'd first like to say that I really appreciate all the wonderful advice offered by parents, cadets, prosepective cadets and admissions officers. This is a huge source of information for those of us new to the entire process, myself included. From what I gather selection to the AIM program is primarily lottery based as most of the students are highly qualified and thus being denied to the summer program is not at all indicative of chances for an appointment to the USCGA. Is this essentially correct? My daughter's qualifications academically and otherwise are a good fit overall.. I am just desperately hoping she gets into AIM because I want her to be extremely aware of what life may be like in an academy so she can make the most informed decision IF she gets an appointment. If she does not get accepted to AIM, are there any other things you recommend for her to do to be mentally prepared for the experience? She will find out if she gets into the Governor's School for Engineering next Monday, but will turn it down awaiting AIM. She's awaiting news on Girls State, her interview is this Thursday. Beyond that, we will miss deadlines for other summer programs because she is absolutely dead set on USCGA. With that said, she has plan B and C and D for college but not sure what her plan B for summer programs should be. Thank you in advance.