United States Service Academy Information

  • There are five Service Academies in the United States. If you are interested in attending the Air Force, Naval, Military, Merchant Marine, or Coast Guard Academy, please see Mrs. Willis in the Counseling Office by February of your Junior year.


    The application process brings in the spring of your Junior year. These are CRITICAL steps in the process:

    1. Register to take either the ACT or SAT exams in the spring of your junior year. Give yourself time to retake these tests if your scores need to be improved.

    2. Make sure your WHS schedule reflects classes that demonstrate a challenging college preparatory curriculum. Performing well in an Advanced Placement class will help prepare you for the rigorous academics offered at the academies. Be sure to take a minimum of:

    • (4) English - College Prep Writing, Literature, AP classes
    • (4) Math – Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus
    • (4) Science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, AP Classes
    • (3) Social Studies – World History, American History, Government, Economics, AP classes
    • (2) World Languages
    • (1) Computer Science

    Academies are looking for individuals who demonstrate academic excellence, as well as athletic ability, leadership and community service. The profile of a typical cadet includes the following composites:

    • 60% Academic – High school performance, grades, and SAT/ACT scores
    • 20% Extracurricular – Athletic participation, leadership positions (scouts, school clubs, class officer), public/community involvement and work experience
    • 20% Admissions Panel – Faculty/staff review and Admissions Liaison Officer interview