The Admissions Process

Applying to any of the service academies is a long and arduous process.  I encourage you to start early with your preparation to apply and enter the Academy of your choice.  I have worked with a number of junior high school students to start their 'early' preparation for the application process.


Give me a call and we can discuss the steps you can take to prepare.  Start early and work with me to provide coaching and advice.


The 'formal' application process will follow this general roadmap:


  • Junior Year of High School: take the SAT and/or ACT and ensure the scores are sent to the schools of your choice.


  • December / January of Junior Year

    • You may want to apply for the Summer Scientific Seminar / Summer Leadership Experience at one or more of the Academies.  This action serves as the preliminary application for each Academy.

    • As your admissions coach, you and I will discuss all of the preparation steps that you should be following at this point.


  • April 1 (of your junior year or 15-months prior to the July 1 entry)

    • Use the Academy admissions websites to  complete preliminary application(s) to the Academy or Academies of your choice.

    • Send letters during this period to your Congressional representatives and the Vice President (and any other category sources for which you may qualify).


  • Candidate

    • You will move to "candidate" status as each Academy determines that you are qualified.

    • You'll want to ask for letters of recommendations from different sources.

    • Transcripts will be required to be sent from your school.

    • You and I will continue to discuss all of the preparation steps that you should be following at this point.


  • Nomination

    • The nomination type and source will determine many of the next steps with each school that you have selected.  Students cannot continue in the application process without receiving a nomination.


  • Medical Examination

    • Administered by the DOD Medical Examination Review Board.


  • Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA)

    • Prepare early for this testing often administered by your high school PE teacher.


  • Interview with your ALO/BGO

    • This important meeting and interview allows the Academies to associate your experiences with the different scores recorded for you as part of your 'whole person' score.


  • Selection

    • You should know results by April 15.

    • You must accept your appointment by May 1.

    • Note that some candidates may receive a 'letter of assurance' as early as September of the previous year.