I'll start by giving everyone a little background information. My name is Brian and I will be 22 years old Monday. I've wanted to attend The Citadel for awhile now. Currently I am attending Cleveland State Comm. College to try and raise my overall GPA. I bounced around a couple of colleges my freshman year and ended up at a tech school for two years studying for my Microsoft Certified Systems Engineering degree. I passed a few of the courses for the MCSE but, ultimately I wasn't happy with the school and felt like I was settling for second best by being there. In Feb. of this year I was convicted of a DUI. Since then I have became really focused on my goals and what it will take to achieve them. First, I know my age is a factor from what I've read 23 is pretty much the cut off for entrance into The Citadel. Second, I have been browsing some of the threads and it seems like many who are applying for next year have sent in an application already. I was planning to complete one semester at CSCC then submit an application showing my improvement. This would also give me time to re-take the ACT. Would this be too long to wait to send in an application? I also read that the dead line for the Army ROTC scholarship is Dec. 1. Is this true? Also if I paid for the first year out of pocket would I be eligible for the Army ROTC scholarship as a sophomore or is it strictly a 4 year scholarship? Given just the brief description what do you think my chances are? I will be able to pull at least a 3.0 GPA and I currently have a 19 on the ACT. I'm no high school scholar but my dedication to succeed at The Citadel will make up for my immature decisions from the past. Also as far as references are concerned what are some examples? Should I go as far as state reps or congressmen? Thanks for any help you can give me. I know alot of this information can be found on The Citadel website. So I will continue to search out answers there as well.