If you have any questions, please contact Senator Brown’s Academy Coordinator at 216-522-7272. For a list of upcoming academy seminars, click here.
Dates and Deadlines
Prior to applying for a nomination from Senator Brown, please contact your academy or academies of choice to begin that school's application process. Each academy will apprise you of any special physical, medical or academic requirements specific to that school.
The United States Coast Guard Academy does not require Congressional nominations. If you are interested in attending the Coast Guard Academy, you should contact the academy directly.
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Am I qualified to be considered for a nomination to a military service academy?
To qualify for Senator Brown's nomination, you must be a United States citizen and a resident of the State of Ohio. In addition, the service academies require the following:
- For West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy, you must be at least 17 years old, but not yet 23 years old on July 1, 2021. The Merchant Marine Academy has the same minimum age requirement but accepts students who are not yet 25 years old on July 1, 2021.
- You must not be married, pregnant or have any legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
When should I request an application for nomination from Senator Brown?
You may request an application through Senator Brown's website during the spring of your high school junior year or any time thereafter. If you are a high school freshman, sophomore or junior in your first semester, you may call Senator Brown's Academy Coordinator, Sue Klein at the Cleveland office (216-522-7272) to obtain information and ask questions about the application and nominations process.
Can I only be considered for one academy?
You may ask to be considered for any or all of the academies; however, you can only receive a nomination to one academy. The application asks you to rank your academies of choice by order of preference.
When is the application packet due?
The application packet must be delivered to Senator Brown's Cleveland office between July 1, 2020 and September 18, 2020. The packet must include the following:
- The completed five-page application.
- Two one-page essays.
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are not members of your family. One letter should be from an adult. The other from a peer (friend, classmate or teammate). These recommendations must be included with your packet. Late letters of recommendation and additional letters of recommendation will not be considered.
- An official or unofficial high school transcript.
- Your most recent SAT/ACT scorces (copies or original scorce sheets are acceptable).
- Senator Brown's SAT code is 1333 and his ACT code is 7170.
Must I meet certain medical requirements to receive a nomination?
A service academy medical examination must be passed before a candidate can receive an appointment. The examination is scheduled by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB). Please carefully review the medical information on the academy websites and contact the academies directly if you have any questions or concerns about disqualifying medical conditions.
If I've applied before and was not selected, can I apply again?
Yes. Those not selected for a nomination last year may reapply as long as they still meet the age requirements. Applicants may use old recommendations and essays but should complete a new application.
How is a candidate selected for a nomination?
Prior to applying for a nomination from Senator Brown, please contact your academy or academies of choice to start the application process. Each academy will apprise you of any special physical, medical or academic requirements specific to that institution.
Each Member of Congress and U.S. Senator may have no more than five appointees in each of the service academies. Senator Brown uses the competitive process which permits him to nominate ten students for each appointment available. A nomination does not guarantee acceptance to a service academy. The Academy's Admissions Board ultimately decides who receives an appointment. You are encouraged to also seek a nomination from as many sources as possible, including the Vice-President, Senator Portman and your Member of Congress, and for certain candidates, the President.
Senator Brown will appoint a Service Academy Selection Advisory Committee which will be comprised of volunteers who are former and active members of the military and/or local community leaders. All applications will be reviewed to determine which students are most qualified for consideration. Those students who are deemed "highly- qualified" will be interviewed by Advisory Committee members or their designees. Those who receive nominations will be notified by mail before January 31, 2021.