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General Application Information

Thank you for your interest in securing a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Senator Toomey considers nominating outstanding young Pennsylvanians to be one of the greatest honors and privileges of his office. In order to maximize your chances of obtaining a nomination, you are encouraged to apply to both of your U.S. senators and your U.S. representative.

Please note that the U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination.

Application Requirements

The application period for the Class entering the Academy in 2016 will open in late March 2015. All questions about the process must be directed to Senator Toomey's Allentown office at 610-434-1444.

All students must use our online application. Additional documents such as your official transcript and SAT/ACT scores can be attached to your online application OR mailed to our Allentown office. Your three letters of recommendation must be mailed to the Allentown office and must come directly from your school or from the source of the recommendation. Please DO NOT send any part of your application to any other offices.

To mail your transcript, SAT/ACT scores, certification form and letters of recommendation, please use the following address only:

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey
ATTN: Robert Simpson
1150 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Suite 101
Allentown, PA 18103
Phone: (610) 434-1444
Fax: (610) 434-1844

A complete nomination application includes the following:

• Completed service academy nomination application (7 pages).

• Essay outlining your goals and motivation for applying for a nomination.

• Sealed and certified high school transcript for all high schools attended.

• Official SAT/ACT score reports. Please use SAT code 2826 and ACT code 7175 to direct your scores to Senator Toomey's office. Do not wait until the Fall of your senior year to take the SAT or ACT test for the first time. This will not allow for a timely submission of your nomination package to our office.

• Three letters of recommendation. Each letter must be original with original signature.

• Signed and dated certification form.

Academy Board Interview

Applicants who have a complete file and meet the minimum academic standards of the Academies will be interviewed by Senator Toomey's Academy selection board. The interview is a critically important part of the process and gives you the greatest opportunity to showcase your talents, abilities and motivation. You will be notified of the date and time of your interview.

2014 interviews will take place on the following dates:

October 28, 29, 30: Freedoms Foundation, Phoenixville, PA
November 5, 6: Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA
November 14, 15: Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh PA
November 22: Allentown, PA

U.S. Service Academy Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a nomination from Sen. Toomey to the U.S. service academies, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Age: Must be at least 17 years old, but not yet 23 as of July 1 of the year of admission to an academy. *Note: The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy allows applicants between 17 and 25 years of age.
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Residence: Must be a legal resident of the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support dependents.
  • Other Requirements: Must meet the medical, physical and academic requirements established by the academies.

For more information about the academies, please click the seals below to visit their websites:


U.S. Air Force Academy

U.S. Air Force Academy


U.S. Coast Guard Academy

U.S. Coast Guard Academy


U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy


U.S. Military Academy at West Point

U.S. Military Academy at West Point


U.S. Naval Academy

U.S. Naval Academy