Last Updated on October 19, 2023

There is a lot of information on Service Academy admissions on online forums and various websites, and our goal is to ensure you focus on the right areas. Understanding the admissions process will help you apply effort to the areas that matter most in your application. We use the terms The Naval Academy, USNA, and Annapolis interchangeably in this guide. For a brief summary of this article, see the below video.

Basic Requirements – Who The Naval Academy is Looking For

There are both legal requirements and additional requirements for admittance into Annapolis. Legal Requirements:

  • 17-22 years old
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Unmarried
  • Not pregnant; with no legal obligation to support a child

While there is no perfect answer as to what to do to get an appointment to Annapolis, midshipmen excelled academically, athletically, and sought leadership opportunities during their high school careers. The Naval Academy publishes a class portrait that provides statistics about each class, which can be helpful in understanding the typical candidate profile.

Want to learn if you’re doing everything you can to earn a Naval Academy appointment?

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