Academy Nominations

U.S. Service Academy Nominations

Senator Merkley has the great privilege of nominating some of the finest young Oregonians for possible admission to the United States Service Academies.

To begin the nomination process, you should first apply directly to the Service Academy you would like to attend. You should then apply for all nominations you are eligible for, including your elected representatives in Congress and the Vice President of the United States.

How to Apply for a Congressional Nomination

Any candidate seeking a nomination from Senator Merkley to a Service Academy for the 2020-2021 academic year must complete the application process by clicking HERE to access the online application. You will be prompted to create an account, which you must use to upload application documents and track your application through the nomination process. The documents you must submit include:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An official copy of your high school transcript
  • A copy of your SAT and/or ACT scores(or both)
  • An essay. Unlike civilian colleges and universities, the Service Academies seek applicants who demonstrate strong leadership ability. In no more than 500 words, write about a specific challenge you have faced and how you overcame that challenge, highlighting specific leadership skills that distinguish you from other outstanding applicants.

All documentation must be received by November 1st, 2019. If you are unable to submit all documentation by November 1st due to circumstances beyond your control, please contact Senator Merkley’s Portland office immediately. 

Each Service Academy requires an official copy of your SAT or ACT scores in order to be accepted. For the purposes of your nomination, Senator Merkley’s office will accept an unofficial copy of your SAT or ACT scores, however Senator Merkley’s office reserves the right to confirm these scores with the Service Academy prior to an official nomination.

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now open.

Eligibility Requirements

Every person applying for an Academy nomination must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of the state of Oregon, and never married.  The U.S. Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy require that applicants must not have reached their 23rd birthday by July 1 of the year of admission.  Candidates to the Merchant Marine Academy must be at least 17 years of age and have not passed their 25th birthday on July 1 of the year of admission.


Each Senator can only nominate a limited number of applicants to the Service Academies. Please understand that the congressional nomination process is very competitive and that if you do not receive a nomination from Senator Merkley's office, it does not necessarily mean you do not meet academy standards. Rather, it just reflects the highly competitive nature of the process and the large number of Oregonians seeking a nomination.

Senator Merkley Online Academy Nomination Application Portal