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: Test Scores -- SAT and/or ACT scores are optional for Senator Wyden’s nomination application. (NOTE: It is the applicant’s responsibility to check with each Academy to determine their admissions requirements regarding ACT and SAT scores). If you choose to submit your test scores, please arrange for your official reports (ACT and/or SAT scores) to be sent directly from ACT, Inc. or the College Board.  
             Senator Wyden's college codes: SAT: 4984; ACT: 7174 

 

Step 3: Print and mail -- or email -- all required materials listed below. 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.

o   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   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): You may include a photo of yourself

 

Your complete application packet, including all required attachments, should sent via mail or email to Senator Wyden's Portland office. It should be submitted no later than November 15, 2021 at 5:00pm PT for consideration. Applicants will receive an official letter regarding their nomination status no later than January 31, 2022. 

 

Mail or email application materials to:

 

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

constituentservices_@wyden.senate.gov

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
HQ USAFA/RRS
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
800-732-6267
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.