A few thoughts from a non-military first time visitor on CVW. The USNA campus is truly a natural treasure. The Mids were all very athletic looking! We arrived during sport and fitness time. Though everyone was working hard, they all looked to be enjoying themselves, lots of encouragement for each other. Very impressive. The buildings on campus; you cannot describe there beauty! The grounds were immaculate and you would need at least a couple of days to take in all the history. USNA did a great job organizing the stay and were there to answer any question that parents or candidates had. The panel of current Mids were very informative. The engineering facilities surpass anything I have yet seen. A good point; the engineering facilities are there for the Mids to use unlike many schools where they are limited to graduate students and professors doing research. Lastly, the people at the USNA and the city of Annapolis could not have bee any friendlier. Everyone initiated conversation and asked about our home state and welcomed us. The proximity of the USNA to downtown Annapolis is a huge selling point. Mids at night were ordering food from off campus and picking it up at the gate. Not sure this is available at the other academies. If you are committed to the class of 2017 feel good about your choice. My DS had his choice narrowed down to USNA and one of the other academies when we showed up. It took him one day to fall in love with the USNA!