ADMISSION STRATEGY FOR ALL ACADEMIES Look at all the academies -- the unique features and the service after graduation -- also consider ROTC along with the civilian universities you are applying to for admission Go ONLINE to the Academy Sites for details of Training, Academics, Activities, Sports Features Prepare for all of the opportunities during High School Academically, Activities, & Sports Practice the Candidate Fitness Assessment: Pullups, Pushups, B-Ball Throw, Situps, Shuttle Run, Mile run Apply for the Pre-Candidate Application Forms or complete OnLine -- You will receive more forms Apply to ALL Available Nomination Sources and complete all requirements prior to October Early Completion shows drive, desire and the ability to get things done Verify Congressional District: ZIP Plus 4 to find US Congressional District http://www.house.gov/writerep/ Take both the ACT and SAT exams several times (consider 1st Choice Academy Calculation Method) Carefully complete all Candidate File Requirements Early -- Prior to 15 November Early Completion shows drive, desire and the ability to get things done Visit the Academy of your choice during regular academics Make an Admissions Decision that is right for you -- not: Parents, uncle, grandparents, etc The above information & following link is provided from NC State University & I thought a very useful comparison tool for academy/Rotc applicants to be. http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache...AE&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=10&gl=us&client=firefox-a I just have to add here, I wish more folks took USMMA into consideration. Its the Navy's best kept secret, so they say. Although majors are limited to the maritime industry, keep in mind if an interest is in this field, that graduates have the option of going active duty or reserves in any branch of the service. It also helps by looking at page 2 of this document & noticing the salaries after graduating. Thought I'd post this here as it might help those who are looking into our country's great service academies & ROTC.