The Naval Academy (USNA) is a prestigious undergraduate college run by the U.S. Navy, allowing young students to be on active duty in the Navy or Marine Corps while receiving an all-expenses-paid higher education.
The application process can begin as early as your Junior year of high school, which the USNA admissions office recommends. Here are the steps to follow to secure admission into USNA.
Naval Academy Admissions
There is a step-by-step process when it comes to Naval Academy Admissions:
- Confirming Eligibility
- Preliminary Application
- Applying for Nomination
- Entrance Exams
- Sending Your Transcripts
- Medical Exams
- Fitness Assessment
- Selection Process and Deadlines
There are certain requirements you’ll need to meet before you start the application process. To attend USNA, you must:
- Be a United States citizen
- Be at least 17 years old and not have passed your 23rd birthday on July 1st of the year of enrollment at USNA
- Be Single
- Not be pregnant
- Not have any dependents
- Have a valid Social Security Number
If you can confirm you are eligible to apply for USNA, you can move on to the next step.
Submitting a preliminary application is the next step in applying for admission to USNA. The preliminary application helps determine whether you’ll be a good candidate.
If you are, you’ll receive a Candidate Number and in your candidate letter, you’ll receive more information about submitting an official application.
You can complete this application if you are:
- A senior in high school next year
- A current senior in high school
- A current college student hoping to transfer schools
To complete the preliminary application, you’ll need some information on hand including:
- Social Security Number
- High School Educational Testing Service (ETS) Code
- High School Class Rank
- Congressional State and District in which you live
- Full Zip Code
- SAT, ACT, or PSAT Scores
Applying for Nomination
The USNA Admissions office recommends applying for nominations immediately after you submit your preliminary application. Nominations must come from an official source which can include:
- U.S. Representatives
- U.S. Senators
- Vice President of the United States
Don’t worry – you don’t need to be personally acquainted with someone serving in Congress or the White House. Applying for nomination is similar to applying for a school and there are systems in place to help with the process. You should apply to all of the potential nominators available to you.
Again, it is suggested that you apply for your nomination as soon as possible, even if you don’t have your candidate number yet because nominations usually aren’t released until mid-January and the deadline to apply to USNA is January 31.
Once you receive a nomination, your nominator will notify the USNA Admissions committee so you won’t need to submit anything separately for this part of the process.
For more information about nomination applications, follow these links:
- U.S. Senators
- U.S. Congressmen
- Presidential Nomination Form
- ROTC/JROTC Unit Nomination Form
- Info about Senator, Representative, and Delegate Nomination
- Info about Vice President Nomination
- Info about Navy and Marine Corps Nomination
- Info about Reserve Nomination
- Info about Children of Veteran Nomination
- Info about Children of Medal of Honor Nomination
As with most other U.S. college admissions, USNA requires candidates to take the SAT or ACT. If you decide to take the tests multiple times, the admissions committee will only consider your highest score.
It should also be noted that the score of any test taken before January 31 will be accepted, even if the scores come in after the application deadline. Additionally, PSAT scores can only be used for your preliminary application, not your official application.
To forward your scores to USNA, use the following College Code Numbers:
- SAT: 5809
- ACT: 1749
Sending Your Transcripts
In addition to sending in your entrance exam scores, your high school counselor will have to mail your high school transcripts to USNA at the following address:
Office of Admissions
52 King George Street
Annapolis, MD 21402
Since students are on active military duty while attending USNA, the admissions committee requires candidates to undergo a medical examination to ensure they are fit and healthy.
Once you become a candidate, USNA will submit your name to the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB) who will contact you about scheduling an appointment. About a month after you complete the exam, you’ll receive the results by mail.
Keep in mind that DoDMERB may request additional information or ask you to complete a follow-up exam.
If you have a medical condition that results in disqualification, you will be automatically considered for a waiver if you received a Conditional Offer of Appointment. Your medical conditions may also be waived if your academic performance shows that you’ll likely be a successful midshipman or naval officer.
As previously mentioned, USNA requires candidates to meet a certain level of physical fitness. So, in addition to a medical examination, you’ll also undergo a physical assessment to test:
If you’re already physically active, you should have no issues with the assessment but it’s important to prepare and make sure you’re in good shape during high school. Your PE teacher, team coach (if you play sports), JROTC instructor, commissioned officers, or Blue and Gold officer can administer the assessment.
The assessment will include:
- A one-mile run
- A “shuttle” run
- A kneeling basketball throw
- Abdominal crunches
- Pull-ups or, for women, a flexed-arm hang if pull-ups aren’t possible
Finally, the interview is the last step in your USNA admission process. Volunteers who are either Naval Academy graduates, parents of graduates or midshipmen, or civilians are considered Blue and Gold officers. They are the ones who will be leading the interviews.
Immediately upon receiving your Candidate Number after submitting a successful preliminary application, you should contact your Blue and Gold officer via email whose contact information will be available on your Candidate Information Page.
Contact your Area Coordinator if you’re unsure of who your Blue and Gold officer is.
Selection Process and Deadlines
To increase your chances of admission to USNA, the best thing you can do is pay close attention to all the requirements and make sure to meet every deadline.
If you qualify for admission, you’ll be separated into two categories:
- Outstanding Achievement: You’ll receive a Letter of Assurance indicating the USNA’s intent to extend an Offer of Appointment which you can expect to receive as early as September of your senior year.
- Board Qualified: You will not receive a Letter of Assurance but could still be admitted to USNA due to your nominating sources for an Offer of Appointment.
As you can see, there are a lot of steps required to apply for USNA. Keep in mind that:
- Around 3,000 students will qualify for USNA. Of those, around 1,400 receive appointments and 1,200 will graduate.
- Since USNA uses a “rolling admissions” process, most students find out whether or not they’ve been admitted by April 15.
- You should notify the admissions committee by May 1 of whether you accept or decline your appointment.
- Applications must be completed by January 31.
For more information, visit the Naval Academy admissions website.