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One of the highest honors Michael has as a Senator is to nominate Coloradans to a U.S. Service Academy. 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.
In order to attend a Service Academy, you must receive a congressional nomination. Please note: Applying to our office for a nomination is only one part of the process. You also must apply directly to the Academies.
The application opened on March 6, 2020 and the current deadline is October 13, 2020. Please contact our Southeast Office in Pueblo for more information.
Many Coloradans are knowledgeable about the U.S. Air Force Academy located in Colorado Springs. However, there are four other service academies that each offer a unique experience. You may apply to the following Academies:
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 chance of being offered an appointment.Return to Top
To be eligible, you must be:
Yes. As long as you meet the guidelines listed above, you are eligible to apply.Return to Top
One letter of the three must come from a teacher, counselor, or principal. It does not have to be a teacher, counselor, or principal you have right now – it can be someone from a previous school year.
Your letters of recommendation MUST have signatures of the recommender, not their typed name. Please have your writer put the recommendation on the letterhead of their organization. Note: There may be some individuals, such as retired teachers or coaches, who are sending letters on personal letterhead. That is fine.
Our application includes a place to provide the name and relationship of each of your letter writers. If you receive more than three letters, only upload your top three to your online application. We will only consider three letters.Return to Top
Our office takes a whole-person approach when selecting applicants to receive a nomination. We are looking for individuals with the following attributes:
The application window is open from May to October of each year. If you missed this year’s the deadline, please contact our Denver office for more information.
After you submit your application, if selected, you will be notified by our office for an interview. Interviews are scheduled and completed by mid-December.
Applicants are notified of a nomination by early January.Return to Top
No, you should visit each academy website, as well as each congressional office website, to determine their application requirements.Return to Top
You may also qualify for a nomination through the following offices:
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.Return to Top