Good question. That was the concern I had last year when DS choose NWP. I was not against going free agent with the other Prep Schools because they were either Junior Colleges or Universities and DS would come out of them with college credits. NWP, however has no college credit. I can say now after DS attended NWP that it was worth it and I would definitely recommend a Prep School as a free agent, which one you choose would be a personal choice. My DS was determined that NWP was the only choice because it came recommended by MOC and ALO. As far as recommending it over college and AFROTC, I don't know - that again has to be a personal choice. Attending a Prep School puts you on a 5 year college plan if you get into USAFA. Attending college with AFROTC puts you in a 4 or 5 year college plan depending on how impacted the college is. Two years ago DS had a friend who went with college and AFROTC over a Falcon Scholarship, because he did not want to attend an extra year in college, now he is looking at an extra year in college anyways because the classes are impacted and he is having trouble getting classes.