To prepare to apply to the University System of Maryland (USM's) universities, you should take the following courses in high school:
The above criteria represent the minimum requirements to be considered for admission. Successful applicants typically present academic credentials that exceed the minimum, including a fourth year of mathematics, several honors and/or Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses, and additional academic electives.
Applications must be submitted by the deadlines with any required essays and recommendations. Any required tests such as the SAT or SAT Subject Tests and/or the ACT must be taken. Official test scores must be sent directly from the testing service.
United States Air Force AcademyHQ USAFA/RRS2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 2300Colorado Springs, CO 808401-800-443-9266
United States Military AcademyBuilding 606West Point, NY 109961-845-938-4041
United States Naval Academy117 Decatur RoadAnnapolis, MD 214121-410-293-4361
United States Merchant Marine Academy300 Steamboat RoadKings Point, NY 11024-16991-866-546-4778
Students may also want to consider the United States Coast Guard Academy. The Coast Guard does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.
United States Coast Guard Academy31 Mohegan AvenueNew London, CT 06320-41951-800-883-8724
Start the process no later than the beginning of your junior year as follows:
To maximize your chances of receiving a nomination, apply in writing to your U.S. Senator and Representative. Each will submit a number of competitive nominations for every available vacancy. U.S. Senators and Representatives only nominate candidates for admission consideration. The final selection decisions are made by each academy.
The Vice President of the United States may also serve as a source of nomination and is authorized to nominate individuals to the United States Military, Naval and Air Force Academies. The Vice President cannot nominate to either the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy nor the Coast Guard Academy. In order to be entered into competition for a Vice Presidential nomination, applicants must complete the online nomination application during the application period of March 1 to January 31 preceding the year of entrance to the academies. The Office of the Vice President will not accept paper applications. Information regarding the application process and to access the application form can be found here. Due to the large volume of applicants, the Vice President has authorized the academies to evaluate all applications and rank them according to qualifications.