What classes did you take to get a 3.8? If they were Calculus, Chemistry, English Composition, and World/US History, then that is a good step forward. If you took College Algebra or Trig, then that will not impress admissions. Also you can't get around the SAT/ACT, because those scores still have a significant affect on your overall file strength. If your SAT/ACT scores are low, then the 3.8 is not going to mean much. Many people on this board try to put emphasis on one particular factor for admission and ask how they measure up. For a college applicant do you
1) Have to have a great GPA in Plebe like courses (Calculus, Chemistry, etc.)? Yes.
2) Have to have ACT/SAT scores in at least the 90th percentile? Yes.
3) Have to score above average on your Candidate Fitness Assessment? Yes.
And even if you do all of this it still might not be enough based on the competition in your area. That being said, people have been accepted to the Service Academy's coming out of community college. My DS is one of them.