I have an LOA. I want to go to West Point, but know that I need to have alternate plans. Some more competitive colleges recommend applying through their early decision applications for better chances of getting accepted. However, it is my understanding that if you did get accepted under early admision you have a short period of time to decide and if you decide to accept, then you basically are obligated to attend (meaning your deposit is nonrefundable, I guess). I am applying for a four year ROTC scholarship, also. My questions are: For those of you with an LOA, are you also applying to other colleges' early decision programs? How long do we have to accept or decline early decision offers? Thanks for your help.