Academy Nominations

Every year, Senator Wyden has the distinct honor of nominating a select group of young Oregonians to attend one of the four service academies: the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Military Academy, and the United States Naval Academy.

In order to be considered for a nomination, an applicant must meet all of the following eligibility requirements by July 1 of the year of admission:
  • be between the ages of 17 and 23.
  • be a U.S. citizen,
  • be a resident of the state of Oregon
  • be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

Each Senator and Representative may have a maximum of five cadets or midshipmen at each service academy at one time. During the summer, the service academies report the number of vacancies available for the coming admissions cycle to each member of Congress. Throughout the year, Senator Wyden's office is notified by each academy whenever additional vacancies become available because of graduations, transfers, resignations, academic failures or other reasons. The office may nominate up to ten candidates for each vacancy.

Applicants may apply for and receive nominations from both of their United States Senators and from their Representative. Applicants may also apply to the Vice President of the United States, who can nominate applicants at large. Applicants should apply to the service academy of their choice in the spring of their junior year in high school and request a nomination from the appropriate nomination source shortly thereafter.

Application Requirements


Step 1Complete Senator Wyden's online Academy Nomination Application form

Step 2: Print and mail -- or email -- all required materials listed below by the November 1, 2024 deadline. NOTE: Senator Wyden does NOT conduct interviews for nominations.

         o Extracurricular activities: To include school activities, sports, work experience, community involvement, church activities, honors and awards. This may be submitted as a resume or list of activities.

         Three (3) letters of recommendation: These must come from non-family members, one of which should be from a high school counselor or teacher. These do NOT have to be in sealed envelopes.

        o Essay (maximum 500 words) highlighting your leadership experience, abilities, or potential.

        o Test Scores: Official reports of SAT and/or ACT scores should be sent directly from ACT, Inc. or the College Board.  

                    NOTE: Senator Wyden's college codes:
                                SAT: 4984 
                                ACT: 7174
        o High School transcript: Your most recent transcript; not earlier than upon completion of your Junior year.

If mailed, this must be submitted in a sealed envelope

If emailed, this must bear an official signature from a school official


        o College transcript (if applicable)

                            - If mailed, this must be submitted in a sealed envelope

                            - If emailed, this must bear an official signature from a school official

o  Headshot (optional): To personalize your application, please feel free to include a photo of yourself.


 DEADLINE: Complete applications must be submitted no later than November 1, 2024 at 5:00 PM PST for consideration.


Applicants who receive an academy notification from Senator Wyden will receive an official notification letter by January 31, 2025.


Mail or email application materials to:


Office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden 
911 NE 11th Ave, Suite 630
Portland, OR 97232

In addition to applying for a nomination, interested candidates must also submit an admissions application to the academy or academies of their choice. You can learn more about each of the nation's service academies and their applications processes at the links below:

U.S. Air Force Academy
2304 Cadet Dr Ste 200
USAF Academy, Colorado, 80840
(719) 333-3070
Web Site.
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Admissions Office
Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY 11024
Web Site
U.S. Military Academy
Director of Admissions
Building 606 Thayer Road
West Point, NY 10996
(914) 938-4041
Web Site
US Naval Academy
117 Decatur Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
(410) 293-4361
Web Site
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
The U.S. Coast Guard does not require Congressional nominations.
More information is available here.