I am usually a lurker to these type forums, but in this case I have already gained so much knowledge surfing around MANY postings, that I feel I should introduce myself, because I know I will probably be posting a question or two as things go on. My son is a Jr. applying for Class of 2019 at USMA. His Dad was a grad in '85 and just retired after 28 years. DS has had his eyes set on West Point since he was very little. We actually lived there for three years when his Dad was a professor but that was when he was of preschool age. As he has matured we have not pushed the academy, because we wanted it to be HIS choice. As a Sophomore he did a day visit and came out of it more determined than ever to attend. He is not applying to the other SA's. He met his FFR at a school event this fall, but never got a word in edgewise. The guy told him a lot about how he needed to be ready academically, but never asked him where he already stood. DS is hoping to have a better talk with him in the future. The first day possible, he applied for SLE, but is still listed as pending, which is worrying him. But on the upside, we sat down together and applied for both the Pres and VP nom and he has already heard back that he has the Pres Nom! From what I see on these boards, he is very competitive, we get his first SAT scores tomorrow, but his PSAT was very good. He's an Eagle scout, Varsity track since freshman year, Varsity Volleyball this year, etc. The only things he lacks is team captain (which may come next year) and Boys State (which we do not plan on doing). So he looks good, but that doesn't keep me from worrying!! Sorry this was so long, but I do feel like we are on the edge of a great adventure, and being the "be prepared" type A that I am, I am doing all sorts of research in order to understand the process. This forum is proving to be an excellent resource!