Are you interested in attending the Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS)? If so, you’re in the right place! In this post, we’ll give you all the information you need to know about this unique opportunity.

What is Naval Academy summer seminar?

The Naval Academy Summer Seminar, or NASS, is a six-day program that gives high school students a taste of what it’s like to be a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. Students live in Bancroft Hall, the Academy’s iconic dormitory, and take classes in a variety of subjects, including engineering, navigation, and leadership.

Summer seminar is held every summer at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

When is summer seminar?

The Naval Academy Summer Seminar program runs during June. The exact dates vary from year to year, so be sure to check back for updates.

For 2024, there are 3 Naval Academy summer seminar sessions for rising high school seniors:

  • Session 1 – 1-6 June, 2024
  • Session 2 – 8-13 June, 2024
  • Session 3 – 15-20 June, 2024

Why should you apply to summer seminar?

For high school students who are considering attending the Naval Academy, summer seminar is the perfect way to get a feel for what life is like at the Academy.

USNA summer seminar gives students the opportunity to experience the rigorous academic and military training that Naval Academy midshipmen go through on a daily basis.

We highly recommend summer seminar for students who have little to no military exposure so that they can get a better understanding of what they are signing up for.

In addition to attending classes and getting a taste of military life, students will also have the chance to meet with Navy officers and learn more about the admissions process. If you’re thinking about applying to the Naval Academy, summer seminar is a great way to get started.

Naval Academy Summer Seminar students

What to expect

The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar is the first step in navigating your future to becoming one of our nation’s next generation of leaders. Summer Seminar will introduce you to life at the Academy, where you will experience academic, athletic, and professional training. Your Summer Seminar application will also serve as a preliminary application to the Academy that you will complete before or during your senior year.

You will live in Bancroft Hall, experience life on The Yard, and learn from midshipmen and faculty.

Typical day:

  • 0545-0630 Physical Training – Introduction to PEP
  • 0700-0720 Breakfast
  • 0730-1215 Morning Academic Workshops
  • 1225-1300 Lunch
  • 1345-1600 Afternoon Academic Workshops
  • 1600-1800 Intramurals, Special Events
  • 1830-1900 Evening Meal
  • 2000-2245 Squad/Company Time, Special Events
  • 2300 Taps- much needed rest

What you submit on the application

Make sure you have all of these items before you start your application, as once you start your application you can’t make any changes or restart.

  • Congressional district
  • Class rank and size
  • Grade Summary along with type of class taken (honors, AP, IB)
  • You will be asked to complete a checklist of classes you have taken with your grades from those classes. If you are currently enrolled in those classes, you should provide an estimated grade.
    • Pre-Algebra
    • Algebra I
    • Geometry
    • Trigonometry
    • Algebra II
    • Pre-Calc
    • Calc I
    • Calc II
    • Life Science
    • Physical Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • English 8-11
    • History
    • Social Studies
  • A 1000-character limit personal statement. Read our post on writing the Naval Academy summer seminar personal statement for more information on the essay portion.

You also have the option to choose which workshops you’re most interested in. Prepare to rank your top 10 choices from this list:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Astronautical Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Character Development Seminar
  • Damage Control Workshop
  • Digital Forensics 1
  • Electrical/Computer Engineering & Biometrics
  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Hydromechanics Laboratory
  • Introduction to Economic Reasoning
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Mechanical Engineering Applications
  • Meteorology & Oceanography
  • New Role of Foreign Languages
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Perspectives on the Past
  • Physics in Everyday Life
  • Politics, Freedom & Power
  • Robotics, Computers & Naval Weapons Systems
  • Seamanship & Navigation: Intro To Yard
  • Patrol Craft Cruise
  • Shiphandling Simulation
  • Ships and Ocean Structures
  • Topics in Math

If you’re admitted into summer seminar, this has no impact on whether or not you’ll receive an appointment to attend the Naval Academy. If you don’t get accepted, don’t get discouraged about your chances of receiving an appointment.

Summer Seminar Cost

The cost varies from year to year, but generally is around $650 plus travel expenses. You will also be asked to submit a deposit to reserve your spot in the program.

When does the USNA summer seminar application open?

The Naval Academy Summer Seminar application for the class of 2029 (held in 2024) is not yet open.

The application typically opens in January and closes in April. Make sure your application is complete before submitting it as you won’t be able to make changes.

To apply, complete the online application.

When will I find out if I was accepted to Naval Academy Summer Seminar?

The Naval Academy begins sending out acceptance letters for NASS the last week of February. You’ll find out through the end of April if you were accepted or not.

You should also receive an email. Make sure you fill out all the paperwork on time, otherwise USNA will give your slot to someone else.

Forms and your deposit are typically due within 10 days of finding out if you were selected or not.

If I apply to summer seminar, what do I have to do to apply to the Naval Academy?

Typically, students must complete a preliminary application to determine if they are granted candidate status by the Naval Academy. This is the first portion of the application. If you apply for summer seminar, your application counts as your preliminary application. You won’t have to do anything else until the second half of the application opens up.

How many students are accepted?

About 2,500 students are selected to attend summer seminar each summer. This is much higher than the 600 students selected to attend the Air Force Academy summer seminar in person.

We can’t stress enough the importance of still pursuing an appointment even if you weren’t selected for summer seminar.

What if I’m waitlisted?

Many students are waitlisted. Waitlisted students can find out as late as 2 weeks before session start dates that they’ve been accepted.

If you are accepted, congratulations! You will then need to verify medical information and provide your insurance information.

If selected, check out the Naval Academy’s information for selectees. Be sure to check out the Summer Seminar FAQ to learn more.

You can also learn more about the Naval Academy application process with our guide on getting into the Naval Academy.

Do you need help crafting a compelling essay for Service Academy admissions?