Hey everyone, I am a current HS senior, did not receive a nomination this year, but am still definitely interested in USMA. I plan on attending a civilian college my freshman year, and reapplying to USMA. My Field Force Officer, people I met with at USMA, and my Congressman's service academy coordinator told me I would be very competitive, leaving me surprised not to receive a nomination. My stats were on par for the most part with West Point and I had taken leadership roles in high school. In simplified terms, I think I can still be a competitive candidate for next year. That is a little background on my process. I am posting here to seek advice from anyone who is familiar with the process of transferring from a civilian college, or is knowledgeable about the Academy about what I can do in college to bolster my chances the second time around. I was thinking that joining an ROTC unit at the college I attend is a good idea, doing well in all of my classes, trying to attain leadership role(s), and retaking ACT/SAT. That all being said, if anyone who has taken this path can weigh in on what they think I can do to better my chances the second time around and share their experience (or their child's if a parent) it would be much appreciated.