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- be found scholastically qualified by the Admissions Board;
- be medically qualified;
- pass the Naval Academy's Physical Aptitude Examination (same for all the service academies); and
- receive an official nomination from one of many sources available
To improve your chances of qualifying scholastically, your high school preparation should include the following:
- mathematics-four years of mathematics courses, including a strong foundation in geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. Courses in pre-calculus and calculus are also very valuable and are highly encouraged.
- science-one year each of chemistry and physics, with lab if possible.
- English-four years of course work with special attention to the study and practice of effective writing. Surveys of English and American literature are especially helpful as background for future study of literature.
- foreign language-at least two years.
- history-one full year of U.S. history and, where possible, a full year of European or world history.
- introductory computer and typing courses are recommended because all midshipmen are required to use personal computers in most courses.