Looking at sites like princetonreview, collegeboard, collegeview, etc., I can't believe how difficult these academies are to get into. For the past year or so I've been asking the same question, and keeping the academies in the back of my mind as I research colleges that may realistically accept me. The average HS GPA of USMMA undergraduates is 3.60, the average Verbal SAT scores around 600, and the average Math SAT scores around 620. As much as I'd love to go to KP, I don't I'm qualified. I have a 3.35 GPA, 600 Verbal SAT, 550 Math SAT, and I'm 44th out of around 270 in my class. Should I bother applying, and, if I'm not qualified, is there anything I can do to increase my chances of acceptance? EDIT: Ok, so obviously no one is going to say 'no, don't bother'. I guess it would just be nice to hear what SA graduates' high school transcripts and SAT scores were like. I know I can always visit the aforementioned sites for generalizations, but specific cases are also helpful. Thanks in advance.