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What is US Naval Academy Summer Seminar?

Updated on May 16, 2018
Students experience what it is like to live the life of Midshipmen for one week.This includes a version of Sea Trials - a rite of passage for Midshipmen.
Students experience what it is like to live the life of Midshipmen for one week.This includes a version of Sea Trials - a rite of passage for Midshipmen. | Source

Naval Academy Summer Seminar IS NOT BOOTCAMP. It's a fast-paced six day camp, and college visit for students who have just completed their junior year of high school (and are entering into their senior year). NASS is a great way for prospective candidates to experience the Naval Academy, and learn if this is the right place for them. Life at the Naval Academy is unique, and the best way to understand it is to experience it.

Each day of NASS brings new challenges, activities, classes and events. These include taking the CFA, attending classes ranging from nuclear engineering to naval navigation, Sea Trials, and nightly team building and leadership activities.

2018 Naval Academy Summer Seminar Dates

Session 1
June 2 - 7
Session 2
June 9 - 14
Session 3
June 16 - 21
Dates for US Naval Academy Summer Seminar 2018.

Who is the Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS) for?

  • students who have complete their junior year of high school, and are entering their senior year.
  • those who are interested in pursuing an appointment to the Naval Academy
  • students who want to learn more about what makes USNA unique
  • those who want to learn more about the world class professors, classes, and available equipment that make the US Naval Academy such a successful university

The program looks for students who have a clear history of superior academics (GPA, class standing, courses taken), as well as a distinguished history of showing leadership and community involvement. PSAT, SAT, and ACT scores are not necessary, but scores will be considered if submitted.

Applications for summer of 2018, open on January 3.

Into to US Naval Academy's Summer Seminar (NASS)

Flying in for NASS

It's important to make arrangements for students to fly into BWI, since USNA only provides transportation from the BWI airport to the Academy.

Tuition and Cost of USNA NASS

The tuition to attend USNA Summer STEM is $450. The tuition covers the student's room and board, including housing, all meals, equipment, gear, activities, and camp supplies. Although not necessary, they suggest that students bring a pocket money for extra snacks, souvenirs, or emergencies.

It is important to note that the tuition does not cover transportation to the Naval Academy; students must cover the cost of their own plane ticket to Baltimore-Washington International airport (BWI). Midshipmen escorts will be available on Day 1 to shuttle campers from the airport to the Naval Academy. On the last day of the program, transportation will be provided to BWI for return flights.

Students who live within driving distance are welcome to drive to the Naval Academy as well.

During NASS 2015, candidates had the opportunity to see a jump by USNavy SEALs Leapfrogs.
During NASS 2015, candidates had the opportunity to see a jump by USNavy SEALs Leapfrogs. | Source

NASS Schedule and Activities

While NASS candidates are on the Yard, they become a part of the Academy. They live in Bancroft Hall (the Midshipmen dormitory), eat in the dining hall, participate in academic and leadership workshops and experience a variety of other activities on the campus. They have a unique opportunity to see first-hand what the Academy has to offer, and decide if the Naval Academy is a good fit for their education.

A typical schedule for an academic day looks like this:

  • 0545-0630 Physical Training - Introduction to PEP
  • 0700-0720 Breakfast
  • 0730-1215 Morning Academic Workshops
  • 1225-1300 Lunch
  • 1345-1600 Afternoon Academic Workshops
  • 1600-1800 Intramurals, Special Events
  • 1830-1900 Evening Meal
  • 2000-2245 Sqad/Company Time, Special Events
  • 2300 Taps- much needed rest

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Students learn about the physics of heat on satellites. | Source

List of NASS Activities and Workshops

The Summer Seminar has an academic focus. Each student attends eight 90-minute workshops. While the programs do change slightly from year to year, some of the workshop topics include:

  • Information Technology
  • Naval Architecture
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Aerospace Flight Testing
  • Systems Engineering
  • Microcomputer Design
  • Seamanship and Navigation
  • Yard Patrol Craft (YP) Cruise
  • Ethics and Character Development
  • Oceanography
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Meteorology
  • Literature
  • Chemistry
  • Political Science
  • Language Studies
  • Martial Arts
  • Economics

Students have the option of taking their CFA while attending NASS.
Students have the option of taking their CFA while attending NASS. | Source
52 King George St, Annapolis, MD:
52 King George St, Annapolis, MD 21402, USA

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NASS is held at the US Naval Academy, where students have the ability to tour the Yard and learn more about USNA.

About the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA)

On Sunday afternoon, students have the ability to take their Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA). Although this activity is voluntary, it is highly suggested the students take it here since it is a mandatory part of the application to attend the United States Naval Academy. If a student believes that can perform better, they can retake the assessment at home.

The CFA consists of six events:

  • Basketball throw
  • Pull-ups (men or women) or the Flex-Arm Hang (for women)
  • 40-yard agility run
  • Crunches
  • 1-mile run

NASS students complete one of the Sea Trials events.
NASS students complete one of the Sea Trials events. | Source

NASS Sea Trials

The official Sea Trials is a capstone event for Naval Academy Plebes (freshmen), it is 14 hours of rigorous physical and mental challenges that end their first year. After Sea Trials, they are no longer considered plebes.

NASS Sea Trials is a much milder version that has a lot more smiles and laughter. Students complete obstacle course, team courses, swimming, physical challenges, and water events.

Contact USNA Office of Admissions

The United States Naval Academy can be contacted via:

I'm Accepted to NASS, now what?

  1. Come physically prepared. You don't need to be able to complete a triathlon, taking a couple of laps, or doing a few push-ups every night can go a long way to make the week more enjoyable.
  2. Come ready to mingle with a diverse group of students. NASS students come from every state in the US, across cultural and socioeconomic lines. Teamwork is important and will make this week a lot more enjoyable.
  3. Remember to bring all of your equipment. Every year students forget everything from their toothbrush or pillow to their phone charger and underwear.


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