Hello, longtime lurker, first time posting My son is applying to USNA for class of '21, and I'm trying to help him put his best foot forward. I've read in a few places that class rank is more important than GPA "by far". Is that the case? and if so, how come? Seems like class rank could be just as misleading as GPA in different circumstances (strength of curriculum etc. for gpa, and overall strength of graduating class for class rank). I would assume that USNA looks at thinks like % of graduates who go on to four year college, etc. Is a candidate who is just outside the top 20% (somewhere between 20-25) in class rank going to have a hard time getting to "academically competitive"? Credentials outside of rank are pretty solid: 1420 SAT (taking again), 4.2 weighted gpa, BC Calc, AP Chem/English and others, 8 varsity letters, all star and captain in two varsity sports, NHS, Student Leadership, strong extra curriculars with leadership roles, etc. Based on all the "what are my chances" threads, it seems he's in the ballpark at least, except for class rank, can that be overcome?