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.
Contact an academy representative to develop plans to meet all of the application requirements.
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
Early fall - Submit applications
Early fall - Complete medical and physical aptitude tests if necessary
November - Interview for congressional nomination