What Is A Nomination?

Members of Congress may nominate applicants who meet the eligibility requirements established by law. A candidate may seek a nomination from the following: 

  • A member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represents the congressional district in which the candidate resides 
  • Both U.S. Senators from his or her state 
  • Apply directly to the Vice-President of the United States  
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What Are The Basic Eligibility Requirements?

Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy: 

  • Age: Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday 
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen 
  • Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents 
  • Residence: Must reside within the boundaries of the Seventh Congressional District of Minnesota. 
  • Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy 
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Who Do I Contact To Request An Application?

The Application is located on the website, under Military Academy Nominations. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

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When Do I Apply For A Nomination?

The nomination application period opens May 15th of each year for those candidates who are high school juniors and will be seniors the following school year, or who have already graduated.  

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What Is The Deadline For Completing A Nomination File?

An application must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2022 to be considered for an appointment in 2023.

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What Must Be Included In My Nomination File?

A complete nomination file consists of the following items: 

  • Current photo 
  • High school transcript 
  • American College Testing Program (ACT) results and/or College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results 
  • Resume of extracurricular activities 
  • An essay (500 words or less) 
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation 
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What Happens After I Have Completed My Nomination File?

Applicants who submit a completed nomination file will be scheduled for an interview in late October or early November. After your application is received in the office, you will be notified of a date and time.  

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What Criteria Is Used In Selecting Candidates?

Nominations are based on a "whole person" evaluation. Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character, and motivation are taken into consideration and compared with other applicants.  

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How Many Academies Are There?

There are five service academies.

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Are The Requirements The Same For All Of The Service Academies?

No. Although many of the qualifications are similar, each academy operates under its own admissions guidelines. Visit the academy of your choice via the websites noted for each academy's particular admissions qualifications. It is not necessary to seek a nomination to the Coast Guard Academy, as the U.S.C.G.A. accepts candidates based on their own testing criteria.

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Who Should I Ask To Write A Letter Of Recommendation On My Behalf?

Some of the people applicants typically seek recommendations from include: 

Note: Letters of Recommendation from family members will not be accepted.

  • Teachers 
  • Counselors 
  • Employers 
  • Coaches 
  • Clergy 
  • Scout Leaders 
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Will I Automatically Be Selected By The Academy After I Receive A Nomination?

No. You will be placed among a select group of nominees, and the academy of your choice will make the final decision. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy.  

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What If I Choose More Than One Academy? Will I Be Limited To A Single Nomination?

No. You can be nominated to multiple academies depending on how well you have competed among this year's pool of candidates. It is also possible to win multiple appointments.  

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When Will I Know If I Have Been Offered An Appointment By An Academy?

Congresswoman Fischbach will notify applicants of their application status in late December. Academies will begin to notify candidates of their admission status in February. All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May.  

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