Academy Nominations

Thank you for your interest in applying for a nomination to a United States Service Academy. Nominating qualified Marylanders to the Uniformed Service Academies is one of the greatest honors and responsibilities I have as a United States Senator.

Applications are now being accepted for Uniformed Service Academy nominations for the Class of 2023. The online application can be found here.

A complete application packet consists of the online questionnaire and all ancillary documents (see list below). It is the responsibility of the applicant to be sure any items that are being mailed (e.g., standardized test scores) are received (not postmarked or ordered) in my Rockville Office by 5:00 p.m. on October 1, 2018. If any items are missing from the application package after the deadline, the applicant will not be considered for a nomination.

Required Documents:

  1. Applicant Basic Information, Questionnaire, and Essay (through online application link)
  2. Official electronic SAT and/or ACT scores (sent directly from College Board and/or ACT). Reporting test codes are: SAT #5985,ACT #7139.
  3. Official Transcript(s): High School (required), and College or Prep School if applicable.
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation, including one from a science, technology, or math teacher. Other letters of recommendation may come from teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, and/or employers.  Letters from family members will not be accepted.  No more than three letters will be accepted. Letters of Recommendation must be submitted electronically using the links in the online application.

The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), U.S. Military Academy (USMA), U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) require a nomination from an authorized source before consideration for appointment. Authorized sources include your U.S. Senators, U.S. Representative, and the Vice President of the United States. Active military members, children of deceased or disabled veterans and children of career military may qualify for additional sources of nomination and should contact the service academies directly. Each applicant may seek a nomination to only one Service Academy through my office.

Please note that the deadline for receipt of completed applications online, including all ancillary documents, by my Rockville Office is Monday, October 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (received, not postmarked or ordered). Applicants who are selected to meet with the Service Academy Advisory Board will be notified in early November.  The Advisory Board will meet with selected applicants on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

Please contact my office by email at or by phone at (301) 545-1500 with any questions.