The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar is the first step in navigating your future to becoming one of our nation's next generation of leaders.
If you are currently in your junior year of high school and considering the Naval Academy as your college of choice, we strongly recommend you consider applying to Summer Seminar. Summer Seminar will introduce you to life at the Academy, where you will experience first-class academic, athletic, and professional training at the #1 public college in the U.S.* (Top 25 Public College in the U.S. 2017, Forbes). Your Summer Seminar application will also serve as a preliminary application to the Academy that you will complete before or during your senior year.
You will live in Bancroft Hall, experience life on The Yard and learn from some of our best midshipmen and most esteemed faculty.
*We are aware that some school districts are still in session during our programs. Unfortunately we cannot adjust our dates given facility availability and the midshipman training schedules. You may request a change to your session assignment, after selection, but admission to a different session is not guaranteed.
Once you start your Summer Seminar application, you will NOT have the ability to save and continue your application at a later date. Please make sure you have all the required information before starting your application. We also recommend you use a cell phone number and email address that you check often so you don’t miss any communication from our Admissions team.
- Congressional district
- Class rank and size
- Grade Summary
You will be asked to complete a checklist of classes you have taken with your grades from those classes. If you are currently enrolled those classes, you should provide an estimated grade.
- Personal Statement
A 1000-character limit essay answering "Why are you interested in attending the Naval Academy Summer Seminar?, Have you received any awards (STEM-related [science, technology, engineering, math], leadership, etc.), or been involved with any activities, groups, conferences in these mentioned areas?"
Please do not mail additional items to the Academy (transcripts, letter of recommendations) that are not required.
Summer Seminar is highly competitive program with a limited number of spaces (approximately 850) available per session.
Selection is based on the overall qualification of the student. Students will be notified of their status via email no later than April 15.
The following selection criteria are considered for Summer Seminar:
- A current junior in high school
- Superior high school academic performance
- Demonstrated achievement in athletics and extracurricular activities
- Physically fit and in good health
- Unmarried, not pregnant, and no legal obligation to support a child, children or other individual(s)
Note: U.S. Citizenship is not a requirement for Summer Seminar, however candidates must have a Social Security Number to apply. Candidates seeking an appointment to the Naval Academy would need to be U.S. Citizens by the time they are inducted into the Brigade of Midshipmen.
Local campers will be responsible for arranging transportation to and from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
Out-of-area campers will be responsible for arranging transportation to and from Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). Once campers arrive, buses and midshipmen will be on-hand to transport campers from BWI to the Naval Academy and back to BWI upon program completion.
Summer Seminar has a strong academic focus. Students attend workshops which include the following topics:
- Information Technology
- Naval Architecture
- Mechanical Engineering
- Ocean Engineering
- Aerospace Flight Testing
- Systems Engineering
- Microcomputer Design
- Seamanship and Navigation
- Yard Patrol Craft (YP) Cruise
- Ethics and Character Development
- Political Science
- Language Studies
- Martial Arts
The Typical Daily Schedule is as follows:
- 0545-0630 Physical Training - Introduction to PEP
- 0700-0720 Breakfast
- 0730-1215 Morning Academic Workshops
- 1225-1300 Lunch
- 1345-1600 Afternoon Academic Workshops
- 1600-1800 Intramurals, Special Events
- 1830-1900 Evening Meal
- 2000-2245 Squad/Company Time, Special Events
- 2300 Taps- much needed rest