Academy Nominations

Each year, Members of Congress have the privilege of recommending a select group of individuals for admission to the United States service academies. I am honored to nominate a number of highly-qualified young men and women to the nation’s service academies. Competition for the limited number of available appointments is strong. The academies recommend that high school students interested in applying for an appointment should contact the Academy of their choice in the spring of their junior year and apply for a congressional nomination during their senior year.

Nominees are chosen based on personal merit. Criteria considered include evidence of character, leadership, academic excellence, physical aptitude, and extracurricular activities. 

Application for a Nomination to a Service Academy


The United States Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut (please note: the US Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination for admission)


All candidates applying for a congressional nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:

  • Be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of the state of Indiana
  • Be at least 17 years old but not older than 23 (applicants may not be older than 25 as of July 1 to make application to the Merchant Marine Academy)
  • Be unmarried and not have any legal obligation to support children or other dependents


Please note: Applicants must also apply directly to the United States service academies before making application for a nomination from Senator Young.

Applicants should begin compiling their supporting materials for a nomination from Senator Young during their junior years. In order to be considered for a nomination, an applicant must complete an application and submit the following supporting materials:

  • Application for a Nomination to a Service Academy
  • Letter of Intent
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation from the following sources:
    • High school counselor or principal
    • High school teacher
    • Supervisor of an extra-curricular activity in or outside school
  • Current photography
  • List of extra-curricular activities
  • Official transcript of grades through junior year
  • Official class rank
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
    • SAT school code: 1308
    • ACT school code: 7127

For those seeking to enter an academy in 2018, the deadline to submit a completed application and all corresponding materials is October 13, 2017. Please submit completed packets to the Indianapolis office:                                                                                 

     Senator Todd Young
     Attn: Academy Coordinator
     46 E Ohio St., Suite 462
     Indianapolis, IN 46202                                                            

Please note that late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Following the submission deadline, all applications will be reviewed by a Nominations Review Board. Senator Young will appoint current and former members of the nation’s armed forces, academy graduates, and community leaders to serve on the Board.

Following a rigorous review of each completed application, Senator Young’s Nominations Review Board will conduct personal interviews with applicants.

Applicants selected for an interview will meet in Franklin, Indiana on Saturday, November 4, 2017. A specific itinerary will be provided to each applicant in October.


A few times per year, students will have the opportunity to attend an “Academy Day.” These information sessions are planned for students interested in learning more about America’s service academies. Representatives from each academy will be available to answer questions. While attendance is certainly not required to obtain a nomination, representatives present at Academy Day can help answer specific questions potential applicants may have about a particular academy or the congressional nominations process.

Senator Young’s Academy Day

Monday, August 28th at 6pm

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Coliseum Campus, Room CC1640

3800 N Anthony Blvd.

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805

Senator Young’s Academy Day

Tuesday, August 29th at 6pm

Johnson County National Guard Armory

325 Minuteman Way

Franklin, Indiana 46131

Senator Young’s Academy Day

Wednesday, August 30th at 6pm central

Ivy Tech Evansville, Vectren Auditorium, Room 147

3501 N First Avenue

Evansville, Indiana 47710


For questions or concerns, please call 317.226.6700.