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Academy Nominations

One of the highest honors Michael has as your U.S. Senator is to nominate Coloradans to a United States Service Academy. 

The application window is closed for the class entering in 2015. If you have questions or a problem with an existing application, please contact the nominations team at The window will reopen for the class entering in 2016 in mid-May 2015.

Many Coloradans are knowledgeable about the United States Air Force Academy located in Colorado Springs. However, there are four other service academies that offer their own unique experience: the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in King's Point, NY, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. 

In addition to applying to our office for a nomination, you must also apply directly to the academies.

Attending a service academy is a pledge to build upon the legacy of service, character and integrity of those who have come before you. We have no doubt that if selected, you will make Colorado proud.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the frequently asked questions below for more information on the nomination and application process.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • An American citizen;
  • A legal resident of Colorado (or a dependent of military members who are Colorado residents);
  • Unmarried;
  • Not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents;
  • And at least 17 years of age and not yet 23 years old on July 1 of the year you would enter an academy (25 years old for USMMA).

Yes. As long as you meet the guidelines listed above, you are eligible to apply.

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  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Your ACT and/or SAT scores
  • Personal letter to Senator Bennet noting your reasons for seeking a nomination to an academy

Our nominations calendar will appear on our website when applications open for the upcoming year. Generally, our online portal opens by mid-May and closes in mid-September.

Interviews are scheduled and completed by mid-December.

Our office takes a whole-person approach when selecting applicants to receive a nomination. We are looking for individuals with the following attributes:

  • Diverse leadership qualities
  • Competitive ACT and/or SAT scores
  • Efforts at self improvement
  • Commitment to community and country
  • Patriotism

Applicants are notified of a nomination by early January.

Yes, absolutely. In order to accept a Congressional nomination to any academy you must have a completed application on file with the corresponding academy. You may receive a nomination to an academy other than your first choice. If you are interested in the opportunity, a completed application to that academy enhances your chances of being offered an appointment.

No, you should visit each academy website as well as each Congressional office to determine their application requirements.

U.S. Air Force Academy

U.S. Coast Guard Academy

U.S. Military Academy

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

U.S. Naval Academy


No. Admission to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a Congressional nomination. You can apply through their website here.

You may also qualify for a nomination through the following offices:

  • President Obama, who nominates children of career military personnel, deceased or disabled veterans, military or civilian personnel in missing status, or Medal of Honor recipients;
  • Vice President Biden [apply here], who nominates five individuals to each academy from across the United States per year;
  • The Secretaries of the Army, Navy, or Air Force, who nominate members of regular military, reserve components, and participants in the ROTC

Yes, use this website to find your United States Representative.

No. The academies will receive a list of nominees from each Senator and Congressional office. The academy to which you were nominated will select nominees from those lists and offer appointments. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy.

An appointment to a Service Academy includes four years at an academy followed with five years of active duty service.

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