Since your average SA applicant is among the top of their class and school, they're obviously not just applying to the service academies. I'm just wondering where everybody else here has applied to/been accepted to. I just received a letter of acceptance from Colorado School of Mines today, pretty excited about the quality of education there but not about the cost ($20k a year out of state!). My dad went there, and I'm considering it as a backup school in case the AFA or USNA don't work out. I've applied to UNLV, which I've heard has a pretty good engineering program (and it's pretty much be free for me to go there), have applied to ASU (just for kicks and giggles), and am almost finished with my USC application. I am also right now sitting at my computer trying to finish my personal statement for USNA - it's the last thing I have to do now that I finally found my math teacher and got her to respond with her recommendation.