To gain an appointment at the United States Naval Academy, an individual must be between the ages of 17 and 22, unmarried and childless, a United States citizen and of good moral character. Applicants must receive a nomination from a congressman, senator or the Vice President.
Naval Academy hopefuls are expected to apply for every nomination source available for a nomination to the Academy. Approximately 4,000 candidates receive nominations for the 1,500 appointments available.
Potential students must be found scholastically qualified by the Naval Academy Admissions Board. The Academy recommends that hopefuls take four years of mathematics, including geometry, algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus and calculus, as well as a year each of chemistry and physics and four years of English. The Academy also recommends that students be in the top 20 percent of their class and take at least two years of foreign language classes, a full year of U.S. History classes and computing classes.
Students must take a physical examination to ensure they are medically qualified. They must also pass the Naval Academy's Physical Aptitude Examination. The Academy offers the Naval Academy Preparatory School as a 10-month preparatory course for Navy and Marine Corps enlisted men and women as a means of seeking an appointment at the Naval Academy.