For those who were not accepted to NASS, please understand that this does not necessarily mean that you are not a competitive candidate for USNA. As I and others have said, NASS is primarily a recruiting tool. Thus, USNA seeks out candidates from high schools and/or geographic areas that have historically been underrepresented at USNA or where USNA hopes to have a greater presence. Thus, it is entirely possible that a lesser qualified candidate in such a situation would receive an NASS acceptance over a more qualified candidate from an area/school where USNA historically has done very well. If you want to go to USNA and were rejected from NASS, you should definitely still apply to USNA. I would suggest that you work closely with your BGO to determine if there are weaknesses in your "package" so that, in the next 6-8 months, you can address them. But, your package may be fine . . . it may simply be a matter of location and numbers. There are many examples of folks who did not receive an offer to attend NASS but who still receive appointments to USNA. Many. Also, please understand that attending NASS does NOT give you a huge, or even moderate, advantage in the USNA application process compared to those who do not attend. If you go and do well, you might get a SLIGHT bump over those who didn't go. However, those who don't go can easily make up for that with other things, such as being a military "brat," an Eagle Scout, team captain, student government leader, doing very well on certain sections of the CFA, etc.