Admission to a U.S. service academy is a two-tiered process.
1. Apply for admission and meet the high entry standards set by
2. Obtain a nomination from an official source.
The student must meet the admission requirements of the particular academy. See the website below to research those requirements.
There are two nomination categories:
1. Congressional nominations, including the nomination of members
of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, as well as the
2. Service-connected or military-affiliated nominations.
Each member of Congress is permitted to nominate up to 10 outstanding individuals from his/her district or state for each academy. Competition for these nominations is high; therefore, interested students should pursue nominations from all sources available to them and for all academies in which they have a sincere interest.
Apply for nomination in the spring of your junior year (applications are available beginning April 1.
1. Send a letter of interest in order to receive a nomination packet.
U.S. Congressman Michael C. Burgess
1660 South Stemmons Fwy, Suite 230, Lewisville, TX, 75067
Senator applications are available online:
2. Make sure you have taken the SAT or ACT in the spring of
your junior year. You will not be considered for nomination
without these test scores.
3. You will need letters of recommendation (none from family
members). Start collecting these in your junior year.