Once you’ve decided to apply to the Naval Academy, the first step in the process is to apply to become a candidate.
The Naval Academy Preliminary Admissions Application
By submitting the Preliminary Admissions Application to Annapolis admissions, you provide information to help the admissions team determine if you meet the basic qualifications to become a candidate. The Preliminary Admissions Application is a tool for the Naval Academy to screen applicants to see if they have what it takes to become a successful midshipman and eventually, a successful Naval Officer.
What is on the USNA Preliminary Admissions Application?
- Basic information (DOB, SSN, etc)
- Your congressional district
- Your academic interests
- High school information
- PSAT, PLAN or SAT/ACT scores (Currently these are optional for the Class of 2026 until you become a candidate)
- High school class rank
- Sports you’re involved in
Is the Preliminary Admissions Application for the Naval Academy Open?
Yes! The Naval Academy Preliminary Admissions Application is officially open for the Class of 2026. The Naval Academy application for 2026 is open as well and the application deadline is January 31, 2022.
Expect the Preliminary Admissions Application to open for the Class of 2027 in the January of 2022. Typically the Preliminary Admissions Application opens in mid-January of your junior year of high school.
You can start your application journey with the Naval Academy and fill out the Preliminary Admissions Application here by creating an account for the online portal.
If you want more guidance on this process, we’ve created an online course to help you navigate the entire application. The course walks you through filling out your Preliminary Admissions Application, filling out the entire application, and much more.
- The Congressional nomination process
- How to craft your essays
- Guidance on the medical DoDMERB process
- Acing the interviews with your USNA Blue and Gold Officer (BGO) and Congressional nomination interview panel
- Preparing for the Candidate Fitness Assessment
- What parts of the application are most important to each Service Academy
The course covers all five Service Academies and how their application processes differ, in case you are interested in more than one Service Academy. We hope to see you in the course!