Service Academy Nominations

Each year, Congresswoman Lowey nominates young men and women from the 17th Congressional District for appointment to the U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force, and Merchant Marine Academies. The Coast Guard Academy does not require a Congressional nomination. Service Academies provide outstanding opportunities for those qualified to receive one of the most respected college educational experiences in the nation.  Admission to an Academy is based on SAT/ACT scores, class rank, physical aptitude scores, extracurricular activities, athletic abilities and medical examinations. Any resident of the 17th District between the ages of 17 and 22 may apply for a nomination from Congresswoman Lowey.

The Nomination Process

Please note: applying to a Service Academy is a two-fold process. Each candidate must apply to the academy of his/her choice in addition to seeking a nomination from a Congressional office. These are separate processes with different timetables and requirements.

Congresswoman Lowey accepts nomination applications on or before Friday, October 9th from residents of the 17th Congressional District of New York who wish to attend one of the Service Academies beginning July of the following year. Candidates who have expressed interest in a nomination, as well as high schools throughout the 17th Congressional District, are notified of details.

In addition, the Congresswoman hosts an information night every September for applicants interested in speaking with representatives from each of the academies. This year our information night will be virtual through zoom on Monday, September 21. Any students who are interested in registering for the event should contact

For a copy of the application, an interested candidate should send a letter of interest with his/her full name, date of birth, Social Security Number, address, and a best contact number by Thursday, October 1st to  

Interviews are conducted the Saturday before Thanksgiving by a non-partisan board of veterans, educators, and community leaders appointed by Congresswoman Lowey. After deliberation, the board presents its recommendations to Congresswoman Lowey, who notifies those receiving nominations in late-December.

Helpful Links:

United States Military Academy Admissions

United States Naval Academy Admissions

United States Air Force Academy Admissions

United States Merchant Marine Academy

United States Coast Guard Academy