One of my most important responsibilities as your Senator is nominating young men and women for admission to our country’s service academies. Admission to a service academy is a two-tiered process. First, the candidate must apply through the Academy directly. There are five (5) service academies that offer appointments to highly qualified individuals who meet eligibility requirements and are the most competitive in academic performance, physical fitness, medical standards, extracurricular involvement, leadership traits, motivation and aptitude for military service. The second tier in pursuing admission is the Congressional Nominations process. An individual must meet the admissions requirements of the Academy as well as receive a nomination in order to be offered an appointment to the Academy. You do not need a Congressional Nomination for the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Applicants should direct any questions regarding the admissions process of a particular Academy to that Academy’s Admissions office. Information can be obtained through the contact information below:


United States Air Force Academy

Director of Admissions
Colorado Springs, CO 82840-5651
1 (800) 443-9266

United States Coast Guard Academy

31 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4195
(800) 883-USCG (8724)

United States Merchant Marine Academy

300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY 11024-1699

United States Military Academy at West Point

Admissions, Building 606
West Point, NY 10996

United States Naval Academy

Candidate Guidance Office
117 Decatur Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5018
(410) 293-4361

Academy Day 2020

Senator Mark Warner invites high school and middle school students, their parents, and school counselors to Academy Day 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Academy Day 2020 has been changed from an in-person format to virtual. We have created an on-demand version of the program that will allow viewing of the presentation at your convenience. The video can be viewed below or accessed on Youtube

This year's virtual academy day provides attendees with a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admission processes. It features officials from all five academies as well as representatives from ROTC programs, Mary Baldwin University, Virginia Tech, and the Virginia Military Institute. Representatives from Virginia congressional offices also provide an overview of their offices' application procedures for congressional nominations. 



Additional Information


Candidates seeking a nomination to a service academy must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to an academy: be at least 17 years old but not have passed the 23rd birthday; be a U.S. citizen; be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

Nomination Process

Each United States Senator and United States Representative may have no more than five people attending each service academy at any given time. Most members of Congress allocate at least one open vacancy each year. For each vacancy, ten nominations may be submitted to the respective service academy admissions office. Offers of appointment are made by the admissions office on a competitive basis measuring the overall qualifications and eligibility of all nominees.  The date for Service Academy nomination applications for those graduating from high school in 2021 has passed.  Applications for nominations for 2022 high school graduates will be accepted starting May 3, 2021.  Those interested in receiving information regarding the nomination process should mark their calendars to attend “Academy Day” in April 2021. Please email to receive more information.  

Update for current year applicants

College board test scores: Because of the challenges with COVID-19 and college board testing, applicants should take the first available ACT/SAT exam prior to mid-October, if given the opportunity.  However; those that have exercised due diligence by completing their application by the September 21, 2020 deadline and are unable to take the test due to no fault of their own, will still be given fair consideration for a nomination.  Nominations are considered based on the “whole person” and not exclusively ACT/SAT scores.  

Notifications of status: All applicants will be provided notification by October 30, 2020 as to whether they were selected or not selected for a nomination interview.  

Nominating Sources

Service academy applicants are eligible for nomination by both United States Senators in the state of their legal residence and the United States Representative for the District in which they reside as well as the Vice President. Applicants should apply for nomination to all four nominating sources. 

Applying to Academies

You are encouraged to apply early to any and all service academies for which you have a sincere interest. You may apply online at the respective service academy web site. If you meet the minimum eligibility and entrance requirements, the academy will forward a formal application package. You should return all requested materials as directed by the academy as quickly as possible. If you are considered an "official" candidate by the academy, you will be scheduled for a medical examination by the Department of Defense Medical Review Board (DODMERB). You will also complete a Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA).

If you have any additional questions, please email