I feel like there are a lot of these threads, but from what I've been researching, things change every year so I figured I'd ask. I have been in contact with my recruiter for a while now too, but I still have some questions to put out there. My profile looks like: 1190 new sat- 560 math and 630 english my school has weighted GPA's, but it's listed as a 95.7(no 4.0 scale) class rank is 87/288 Eagle Scout, NHS, and statesman (NJ boy's state) I volunteer around 50-60 hours every year I am a class officer(student government), 3 year club vice president, and my troops junior assistant scoutmaster (highest level of youth leadership) Sports: ran varsity XC freshman, sophomore, junior, and this year (senior year) jv wrestling freshman year varsity swim sophomore and junior year (will swim varsity this year too) Jv lacrosse freshman- junior year- i was JV captain junior year and will play varsity senior year I am NOT in DEP for the pft I can hit the 20 pullups, 100 crunches and can run a 18 minute mile as well which i believe makes it a perfect 300 I've never been in trouble with the law- I've never even got a detention. Also, all my teachers love me. I am a very good speaker and I believe I can ace the interview I am VERY committed to becoming an officer in the marines I am also a very strong writer so my essays should be good on the application Does it matter which schools I apply to? I am applying to Rutgers since it is my only state school (NJ) and I picked other schools around the country like USC( south carolina one), Citadel, VA tech, but also some private ones like Tulane I want to study business, but if they prefer engineering I would study electrical engineering or really whatever they like most and/or whatever would land me a combat officer role I think that is all I have. My recruiter says I have the smarts hands down, but i think my academics are lacking, but then again I am not sure.