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 2025. The online application can be found HERE

A complete application 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 provided separately (letters of recommendation, transcripts) are received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.  If any items are missing from the application 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. NOTE: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on national standardized testing, SAT and ACT scores will not be part of my application for a nomination to the Class of 2025. Please do NOT send SAT or ACT scores to my office this year.
  3. Official Transcript(s): High School (required), and College or Prep School if applicable. Transcript(s) must be submitted electronically by your high school using the links in the online application. High school transcripts must include your unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation, including one from a science 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, be on school or personal letterhead, dated, and signed.

Transcripts and letters of recommendation must be in English.  

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 required documents, by my Rockville Office is Wednesday, September 30, 2020 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 21, 2020. Only those candidates who submit a completed application by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 are eligible for a virtual interview with Senator Van Hollen’s Advisory Board on Saturday, November 14, 2020 or Saturday, November 21, 2020. (Note that interview dates have expanded to two days as of 7/10/2020.) Qualified applicants who submit a completed application by September 30, 2020 will be notified by email of their interview date and time.

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