Just found out about this forum, I did an application for VMI early November for early decision. Now, I just wanted to know my chances most of you will probably say "not accepted" most likely but just looking for input. GPA: 2.3 SATs: 1470 (1090 without writing) Two Letters of Recommendation from VMI Alumnus. (One is on the board of trustees and runs his own law firm) And I did the optional essay. I understand my GPA is very low. I had a tough high school life, first my grandfather who was my closest relative passed away my freshman year, but before he did I was in the hospital with him every day, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Then my sophomore year I was in a very abusive relationship with a 19 year old (I was 15 at the time) in which I was sexually and physically abused (yes I'm a guy, make fun of me if you wish) but my junior and senior year I've busted my *** to make good grades. I've wanted to go to VMI since I was a little kid, my idol was "Stonewall" Jackson (I grew up in Virginia, love it here and especially love the Civil War) I plan to major in history. I do plan to commission in the Marine Corps hopefully going into infantry. In both of my letters of recommendation they noted my grandfathers death, and my guidance counselor noted the death and abuse, and in my essay I clearly showed my interest in the school and determination to do better academically. I will be the second person in the entire family go to college, my brother being the first who goes to VCU. Out of the 70 something people in my family my brother and I are the first. We grew up on a farm in Essex county. But the school was pretty good so I can't blame the school system. I just would like to know you alls opinions. According to my research only 2% of people get in with my GPA. So I know my chances are very slim.