College Counseling

U.S. Service Academies

Attending one of the four service academies is one avenue to a four-year college degree. The academies are:
  1. U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO)
  2. U.S. Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT)
  3. U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD)
  4. U.S. Military Academy (West Point, NY)

The benefits of a college education at a service academy include a first-rate education, full-tuition scholarship, and a distinct college experience. Entrance to one of the service academies also requires a significant post-graduate commitment--a five-year military obligation as an officer in the student's chosen service. Admission to a service academy is extremely competitive. Students must be in good academic standing with high grades and test scores, and advanced courses. Applicants also must be in good physical condition.

Service Academy Application Timeline

Students interested in pursuing postsecondary education at the service academies should begin preparation during sophomore year. All federal service academies except the Coast Guard require nomination by a congressperson. Most members of Congress do not accept requests for nomination after October of a student's senior year.

Sophomore Year
Contact an academy representative to develop plans to meet all of the application requirements.

Junior Year
Research academy Web sites.
Contact congressional representatives and request a nomination to the academy or academies.
Spring/summer - Complete the Physical Aptitude Exam (PAE)
Spring/summer - Complete pertinent medical exams
Spring/summer - Visit the academies
Summer - Complete applications

Senior Year
Early fall - Submit applications
Early fall - Complete medical and physical aptitude tests if necessary
November - Interview for congressional nomination
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