Anyone considering "self-prep" (for any of the SAs) should do EXTENSIVE research and some soul-searching. There are quite a few prep schools, some of which are affiliated with one or more SAs and some which are not. When prep schools tout their SA admissions numbers, those affiliated with SAs MAY include students who are sponsored by a SA. Those folks are guaranteed admission if they successfully complete the program so including those numbers in the total is misleading in terms of the likelihood of self-prep success. The key is to ask for "self prep" numbers -- how many students who are NOT sponsored by a SA are successful in obtaining an appointment. If you're a self-prep, that's the only number that matters to you. Some schools are pretty successful at getting self-prep students into SAs; others are not.Even if you are not admitted to the USAFA Prep School you can still attend a civilian prep school. That is, on your own dime.