1. Confirm Eligibility
To be eligible to enter the Academy, you must:
- Be at least 17 years of age and must not have passed your 25th birthday before July 1 in the year of entrance.
- Be a citizen of the United States either by birth or naturalization, except for a limited number of international midshipmen specially authorized by Congress.
- Meet the physical, security, suitability and character requirements necessary for commission in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
- Obtain a Congressional nomination to the Academy; submit a completed application; and qualify scholastically.
- Be of good moral character.
2. Submit Part 1
- Go to https://onlineapp.usmma.edu/Account/Login.aspx to register for an account and start your application.
- You will need the following information to get started:
- Social Security Number
- SAT or ACT scores
- High School Class Rank
- Congressional State and District
3. Apply for a Nomination
- Candidates must be nominated to the Academy by a U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator from your State of Residence/Domicile.
- A candidate does not have to reside in the same Congressional District as his/her nominator (a Member of the U.S. House of Representative CAN nominate a candidate who resides in a District other than their own, as long as it is in their (the nominator's) State/Territory). This differs from nominations to the USMA, USNA, and USAFA.
- Securing a nomination is a competitive process. A nomination does not guarantee appointment to the Academy.
- Nominating authorities select their nominees by any methods they wish, including a screening interview. Each nominating authority follows a different process and establishes a unique deadline. You must be familiar with your nominating authorities’ requirement and apply for a nomination as early as possible. Contact information for your nominating authorities can be found at https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact and https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
- Nominations to the Academy must be received by January 31st. Your nominating authorities will notify us of your nomination. If we do not receive your nomination by January 31st, your application will be closed.
- The United States Merchant Marine Academy does not accept Vice Presidential or military service-connected nominations, i.e. Presidential, Regular/Reserve Component, ROTC.
4. College Entrance Exams
- All candidates are required to take either the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), or American College Test (ACT).
- The Academy will accept official test results up to the February test date of the year for which candidates seek appointment. The Academy will accept all test scores attained within three years of the admissions application deadline. The Academy does not accept the non-standard or untimed administration of the SAT or ACT.
- Students who achieve scores below 580 math and 29 reading on the SAT and below 24 math and 23 English on the ACT are strongly encouraged to retake the tests. For the Class of 2023:
- SAT scores should be forwarded using the Academy's College Board Code: 2923.
- ACT scores should be forwarded using the Academy's ACT Code: 2974.
- Speak with your school counselor or visit the SAT and ACT websites for additional information.
- You are encouraged to take both the SAT and ACT tests several times to try to improve your scores. Your highest scores will be accepted.
* SAT or ACT qualifying scores for admission will be determined by the Academy for each entering class.
Admissions OfficeU.S. Merchant Marine Academy300 Steamboat RoadKings Point, New York 11024-1699
- You must request an official transcript from your school. Official transcripts can be mailed to:
- Please note – a seventh semester transcript is required by the file completion deadline of February 1st.
6. Candidate Fitness Assessment
- Satisfactory completion of the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) is one of the requirements for admission to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Passing results must be received in the Admissions Office by the application deadline.
- The CFA is a test of strength, agility, speed and endurance. The results of this test are important in the overall assessment of your admission file, so you should become familiar with the six events in the CFA and practice them to score well.
- Your CFA examination may be administered by an Admissions Field Rep, a J/ROTC instructor, Physical Education Teacher, or any commissioned/non-commissioned officer other than a parent/guardian. It is your responsibility to arrange for a qualified person to conduct your examination. It is your responsibility to ensure that that the results are submitted the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Admissions Office by the application deadline.
- Candidates have two (2) chances to pass the CFA. If you wait until the deadline to submit your CFA scores, you will not have an opportunity for a retest. Taking the CFA early and submitting scores well in advance of the application deadline is in your best interest.
- Candidate Fitness Assessment Instructions (click to access)
- Fitness Assessment Score Sheet (click to access)
Fourth classmen must demonstrate the capability of swimming 100 yards using two basic strokes, and 15 minutes of flotation. Non-swimmers must devote a part of their time to learning basic swimming strokes, and it is therefore recommended that applicants learn to swim before entering the Academy. This requirement must be fulfilled prior to a midshipman's first shipboard training period.
7. Medical Exam
- A candidate for admission to the Academy must be in good medical condition and must meet the requirements for an Appointment as a U.S. Navy Reserve midshipman.
- The Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) is responsible for determining the medical qualification of Academy applicants. Medical examinations are conducted by a service academy examining facility designated by DODMERB.
- To be considered for the DoDMERB medical exam, the Admissions Office must receive your high school transcript, official SAT/ACT scores AND a passing Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA). It is the candidate's responsibility to pursue medical processing in a timely manner to its conclusion. It can take several weeks to schedule your initial medical evaluation and several more weeks to determine medical qualification.
- Applicants can visit the DODMERB website at https://dodmerb.tricare.osd.mil/FAQs.aspx to obtain additional information.
- Failing to disclose pre-existing medical conditions that you were aware of which are discovered after reporting to the USMMA may result in medical separation and you may be ineligible for readmission.
8. Complete Your Online Application
- Complete your Activities Record. The United States Merchant Marine Academy looks for well- rounded candidates that demonstrate exemplary character. Your extracurricular activity is an important part of your assessment. Be prepared to provide detailed information on the following:
- Athletic Activities: Approximately 84 percent of entering midshipmen have earned a varsity letter and 66 percent are team captains.
- Non-Athletic Activities: Examples include but are not limited to:
- Student Government
- National Honors Society
- Scouting (Eagle/Gold Award)
- Naval Sea Cadet Corps
- Civil Air Patrol
- Community Service
- Work Experience
- Submit the Academic Information Request. The information requested includes official transcripts and a school profile.
- Request School Official Evaluations. Evaluations are required from the following instructors:
- Lab science (either chemistry or physics)
- Submit your Biographical Essay. Your essay must be at least 500 words. Include your name and candidate ID at the top of the page