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Candidate Visit Weekend (CVW) is a program conducted aboard USNA during the Fall and Spring academic semesters to expose candidates to all facets of life as a Midshipmen.

CVW is an opportunity to sample university-level academics at USNA, to discover whether the Naval Academy will help you achieve your goals, and to offer valuable insight into the admissions process.

CVW is offered by invitation only throughout the academic year.

Please explore this website, as it contains everything that you would need to know for your trip.


Transportation & Arrival

You must provide your own transportation to and from the Naval Academy.  

If you are flying, the closest airport is Baltimore-Washington International (BWI).  

If you are driving, and the driver is a member of the military, you can drive onto the Yard with a valid military ID.  If not, you must present a printed copy of your confirmation e-mail with a valid photo ID to drive on to the Naval Academy for drop-off and pick-up.  Driving access is only valid at Gate Six for the following times of your visit:

  • Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

You may also access USNA by walking through the Visitors Access Center at Gate One.  Please make sure you have a valid photo ID with you at all times during your visit.  Directions to Annapolis are located at the following webpage:

A boxed meal will be provided at the conclusion of the welcome at 7 p.m.


Parking near USNA can be challenging. There are paid parking garages and street parking within walking distance. Additional parking options are available at the City of Annapolis Website: .

Parking and bus transportation for Parents attending the briefings on Friday will be available at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Busses to Mitscher Auditorium will depart from the parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Parents/Guardians should enter the stadium at Gate 5 (511 Taylor Ave.) and advise the parking attendee that you are guests of the USNA Candidate Visit Weekend.


Check-In will begin in Mitscher Auditorium at 5:00 pm. Please do not arrive any earlier, as doors will not open until this time. Midshipmen will be able to receive late students until 7:00 pm in Mitscher Auditorium. If arriving after 7:00 pm, please contact the main office at 410-293-5001. The program ends at 8:30 am on Saturday. We are unable to accommodate early check-ins or late check-outs, so please plan accordingly.


Print and complete PRIOR to arrival at USNA


All candidates must have the COVID-19 vaccination in order to participate in Office of Admissions programs. Attendees will be required to complete the DD Form 3150 which is provided here on our website. 


There are no exceptions to this requirement for overnight programs at the U.S. Naval Academy (including for medical or religious reasons).

Candidates will be required to show proof of vaccination status at check in.  This can be the actual card or a readable screen shot/picture to prove vaccination status. 

What to Bring

You may want to bring extra funds to cover the cost of souvenirs and other activities you might participate in during your visit. Please do not bring large amounts of cash or valuables- the Naval Academy is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

In addition to the items below, you should bring appropriate attire. This includes clothing that is tasteful, comfortable, and casual such as jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers. You must wear close-toed shoes. You must bring at least one pair of pants to wear during lab activities.

Students must wear closed toed shoes. In addition, please note that you have to exit your room in Bancroft Hall to use the restroom, so your evening/sleep attire also needs to be appropriate for a co-ed environment.

  • Pillow
  • Sheets/linens
  • 1 Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Workout gear
  • Sleep attire
  • Swimwear 
  • Casual clothing
  • 1 Pair of science lab appropriate pants 
  • Close-toed shoes
    (no flip flops or sandals allowed)


(Please note: parent/guardian attendance is optional)

4:00 p.m. Thursday - Gate 6 opens

5:00 p.m. Thursday - Candidate check-in at Mitscher Lobby *

6:00 p.m. Thursday - Welcome Program in Mitscher Auditorium

7:00 p.m. Thursday - Student is paired with midshipman escort for duration of visit β

8:30 a.m. Friday - Buses depart from Navy Marine Corps Stadium (Parents/Guardians)

9:00 a.m. Friday - Admissions panel in Mahan Auditorium (Parents/Guardians)

10:00 a.m. Friday - Midshipmen panel in Mahan Auditorium (Parents/Guardians)

10:45 a.m. Friday- Center for Academic Excellence presentation in Mahan Auditorium (Parents/Guardians)

11:00 a.m. Friday - Lunch Break ψ

1:00 p.m. Friday - Academic presentation in Mahan Auditorium (Parents/Guardians)

1:30 p.m. Friday - Walking tour of campus departs from Mahan (Parents/Guardians)

3:00 p.m. Friday- Tour concludes at Visitor’s Center

4:00 p.m. Friday - Buses depart from Visitor’s Center to Navy Marine Corps Stadium

4:00 p.m. Friday - Midshipman Formal Parade (Worden Field) [if applicable]

8:00 a.m. Saturday - Gate 6 opens

9:00 a.m. Saturday - Student pickup at Alumni Hall (curbside) 


* Check-in ends at 7:00 p.m. If arriving after 7:00 p.m., contact the Bancroft Hall Main Office at 410-593-5001. We are unable to accommodate early check-in or late check-out so please plan accordingly.

β Students will experience a typical midshipman schedule with their hosts until student pick-up on Saturday morning

ψ Lunch will not be provided. 

All vehicles must depart Navy Marine Corps Stadium by 10:00 p.m. Friday.

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Please contact us via email with any updates or requests regarding your CVW.
If your request is urgent, please call 410-293-1858.

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