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Summer Seminar participants in Yard Patrols
Summer Seminar participants in Yard Patrols

Eligibility and Selection


The Naval Academy Summer Seminar Program is offered exclusively to young men and women who have just completed their junior year of high school. This is a competitive entry program because interest outweighs our hosting capacity. The following general selection criteria are considered:

  • Unmarried, not pregnant and have no legal obligation to support a child, children or other individual(s);
  • Superior high school performance to include: GPA, class standing, and/or strong PSAT, SAT, or ACT results (test scores not required, but recommended);
  • Demonstrated achievement in athletics and extracurricular activities, especially demonstrating leadership potential in these areas;
  • Physically fit and in good health with normal vision (20/40 or correctable to 20/20);
  • Positive attitude, self-disciplined, and of good moral character.

Note: U.S. Citizenship is not a requirement, however candidates seeking an appointment to the Naval Academy need to be U.S. Citizens by the time they are inducted into the Brigade of Midshipmen.


Selection is dependent upon the overall qualification of the student and our need to meet complete geographic representation. We will automatically process all summer seminar applicants as applicants to the Naval Academy upon completion of the Summer Seminar selection process. There is no need to submit an additional preliminary application. Due to limited space in the Summer Seminar Program, we highly recommend that students who are not selected continue to pursue admission to the Academy. Summer Seminar is a competitive program and can only accommodate 850 students in each of the three sessions (2,550 total). Students will be notified of their status by April 15 of the application year (all sessions are held in June).

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