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Admissions Overview

The following are the steps that must be taken in order to be considered for admission to the United States Merchant Marine Academy:

  1. Candidates must fulfill the Academy's eligibility standards.
  2. Candidates must meet the Academy's Scholastic and Physical and Medical Requirements
  3. Complete Part 1 online only. Complete Part 2 and mail it to the Academy. Give Part 3 of the application to your Guidance Counselor or College Advisor. He/she must complete it, and mail it to us along with your high school transcript, standardized test (SAT and/or ACT) scores, and letter(s) of recommendation. These items must reach the Office of Admissions no later than 1 March of the year you are applying for entry to the Academy. An early application receives early attention.
  4. Request a nomination from a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and/or a U.S. Senator from your state of residence.
  5. You must schedule a full medical examination through DoDMERB. You will receive information from DoDMERB after the Academy has received your application for admission and you must be medically qualified by DoDMERB by 16 April of the year of entrance.
  6. Take the SAT and/or the ACT no later than the first test date of the year in which you are seeking admission.
  7. The Academy will make every effort to advise all candidates of their status by 1 April of the year they are seeking admission, or as soon thereafter as is possible. Principal Appointees must decide by May 1 whether they will accept or decline their Appointment.
  8. Candidates who are designated an "Alternate" or "Hold" will be notified immediately if they are later advanced to Principal Appointee status.
  9. The Plebe (Freshman) Class enters the Academy in June.
Updated: Friday, July 15, 2016
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