Hey, I'm new to the forums, male, and a rising senior, and I am wondering your opinion on my chances of getting into the Naval Academy. GPA: 3.5/4.0 SAT: 500 M, 570 V, 570 W Athletics: 4 Yr. Varsity Letterwinner in Swimming 3 Yr. Varsity Letterwinner in Lacrosse Clubs: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 3 yrs. Leo's Club: 4 Years, ran Relay for Life Community: Youth Group - tutored dis-advantaged children Habitat for Humanity - Fund Raiser/builder County Clean-up Organizer - 3 yrs. Work Experience: Lifeguard (Pool and Waterfront Certified) - 2 yrs. Summer Seminar Session 1 Squad leader said she gave me a "really great" recommendation (what does this mean - is it on a points system) because I showed a lot of leadership. I also scored highly on the CFA. Now, obviously my SAT's are not where I would like them to be, but I will take them again and hopefully do better. But, I am hoping that my activities record, essays, and overall desperate-for-appointment attitude will help with the admissions decision. Also, how are my chances of getting into the Prep School or Foundation - I haven't spoke to the lacrosse or swimming coaches yet, but are these Prep Programs reserved for Athletes? Also, does having a relative at the Academy help? And, I am from a realtively non-competitive area, so will that also help? Thanks P.S. I have this posted in the Naval Academy and West Point forums as well.