Thanks for your advice, I really wanted to use JSP EL, but developers in my team are not familiar with it. This is an enhancement to existing software, so the managers wanted to use existing technology. I have the IF condition to test is the request parameter is equal to the collection populating the Drop down list. If this is true, that OPTION is set to SELECTED.But, for some reason, the code is displaying the last element in the list after a user selects anything. I have included all my code. I would appreciate your help with this.