Centers of Influence

Each year, the United States Naval Academy hosts educators, community leaders, counselors, and others in positions of responsibility who interact with our nation's best and brightest middle and high school students for a 3-night, 4-day visit to Annapolis. These visits are offered at no cost to the educator and are designed to showcase the opportunities available at USNA to your students.

The Centers of Influence educator fly-in program is by application, and hosted by the Naval Academy. The Naval Academy Office of Admissions will provide you fully funded invitational travel, covering transportation, lodging, and most meals. Participants need to get to and from their regional airport, and we will take care of the rest!

USNA seeks to engage leaders who influence highly-qualified students from across the nation. Conference attendees gain first-hand experience in regards to:

  • The admissions process
  • All aspects of the exceptional undergraduate education opportunities offered at the U.S. Naval Academy
  • Academic, athletic, and residential facilities
  • Meeting midshipmen, faculty, and staff
  • The career options available as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps

The goal is that participants return to their communities with a deeper understanding of USNA and help identify, mentor and encourage local students who demonstrate the interest and potential to become a midshipman (student) at the U.S. Naval Academy.

If you are interested, please contact Leigh McNeil at for more information.