Hello, I have been a lurker on this thread for a while and picked up a lot of good information. Truthfully, I didn't have much interest in the Merchant Marine Academy until I received a nomination for the academy in December. I have completed my package recently (put it off for too long), and was wondering if anyone could help me decide whether or not USMMA is for me. My biggest concern is academics. From all that I have researched, King's Point is extremely rigorous academically. I'd like to think I'm a fairly sharp guy, although not necessarily a great student. I always preferred to do something more active than studying, and seldom completed homework. I feel my saving grace was my test-taking ability. Could anyone let me know if I will have a hard time adjusting to studying more? GPA: 3.25 unweighted/ 4.064 weighted (once I got serious about college I made a change, my last semester grades were 3.7 unweighted) ACT: 31 SAT: 1440 I do regret only taking the college entrance exams once, as I may have improved my scores and been more competitive. Does anyone know the class of 2020's averages? My other concern is regarding the maritime industry. I live in the desert. I've been to the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, but never on a ship. I'm comfortable launching the family 24-foot ski boat from the dock or shore by myself, but that's the extent of my watercraft experience. I don't get seasick and I'm open to new experiences and challenges, but am I disadvantaged by having no prior maritime experience? Hopefully someone can offer me some advice or answers, thanks for reading this wall of text! Good luck to all applicants!