Academy Nominations

High school students in their junior and senior year as well as high school graduates under the age of 23 can apply to Sen. Bill Nelson’s office for a nomination to a service academy. The academies include the Military Academy at West Point, NY, the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, and the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. The Coast Guard Academy at New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

For students interested in obtaining a congressional nomination for the class entering in the Summer of 2019, the application process will begin on March 5, 2018.

Nelson's SAT code is 0220 and the ACT code is 7118.

Please read the brochure for more information.

2018 Academy Calendar

March 5, 2018
  • Application process opens 
August 24, 2018
  • Deadline for submitting an application. Applications received after this date will be considered late, and not eligible for the current nomination cycle.
October 5 - 12, 2018*
  • Electronic notifications to all applicants begins regarding interview status. Interview space is limited. 

  • If you have not received notification of your interview status by Friday, October 12th, please contact the Orlando office.

October 17, 2018
  • Personal interview day. Please keep the interview date open on your calendar. 
  • There are no make-up or alternate interview dates.

December 3 - 17, 2018*
  • Interview result notifications begin.

 * Date subject to change.

2018 U.S. Service Academy nomination application

Note: The above application is in the Portable Document Format (PDF):
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Mail completed application to:

 U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
 Attn: Service Academy 
 Landmark Two 
 225 East Robinson Street, Suite 410
 Orlando, FL 32801
If you have questions, call: 
(407) 872-7161 or (888) 671-4091
Applicants are encouraged to open a pre-candidate file at their respective academy of interest as soon as possible. The academies usually recommend that students do so during their junior year of high school. Once a pre-candidate file has been opened with the admissions office, officials there will establish a candidate file for students to keep track of their application materials.  For more information about service academies, visit the links below.
United States Air Force Academy                  
Admissions Office
USAF Academy CO 80840-5651
(719) 472-3070
United States Merchant Marine Academy
Admissions Office
Kings Point NY 11024
(516) 773-5391
United States Military Academy
Director of Admissions
606 Thayer Road
West Point NY 10996-9902
(914) 938-4041
United States Naval Academy
Department of the Navy
Annapolis MD 21402
(410) 267-4361
A congressional nomination is not required for admittance into the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Interested applicants should apply directly to the Coast Guard Academy (