United States Service Academy Preparatory Programs

Georgia Military College has entered into a partnership with the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) at Colorado Springs CO, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) at New London, CT, for the purpose of providing a challenging academic preparatory program that allows qualified students to earn an appointment to the U.S. Service Academies upon their successful completion of this demanding one-year program at GMC.  The Association of Graduates from USMA, the Naval Academy Foundation and the Falcon Foundation partner with GMC to offer qualified candidates scholarship opportunities to minimize the cost of this program.  The USCGA Scholars program “sponsors” qualified Cadets who meet all of the qualifying obligations for entrance into the Coast Guard Academy both academically and physically to include entering into an enlisted status with the Unites States Coast Guard while enrolled in this Preparatory Program at GMC.  Centrally located between Atlanta and Augusta, 5 minutes from Lake Sinclair and near top rated golf courses, GMC has many attractive amenities available to our Academy Prep Scholars: WIFI campus with free tutoring and one on one advisement from the Dean of Academics, Junior College Sports in Football, Softball, Soccer, Golf, Cross Country and Rifle, 15 Student Clubs, 6 Intramural Sports, Fitness Center & Paved Running Trails.  For more information about the U.S. Service Academy Prep Program, contact Col. Steve Pitt at gpitt@gmc.edu or Col. Nelson Kraft at nkraft@gmc.edu

Self-Sponsored Service Academy Preparatory Program

GMC is a recognized preparatory school for young men and women seeking an appointment to the following four service academies: United States Military Academy-West Point, United States Coast Guard Academy, United States Naval Academy, and United States Air Force Academy. Qualified individuals to attend a preparatory school are selected by each service academy. When a selectee attends GMC, their preparation begins in August and ends in May each year. While attending GMC, we refer to preparatory school selectees as “scholars”.

If a young man or women is not given a nomination to a service academy or is given a nomination but does not receive an offer of admissions nor is selected to attend a preparatory school for 10 months, there is still an opportunity to make yourself more competitive by seeking to “self-prepare” or as most refer to as “self-prep” at a recognized preparatory school like GMC. Our institution has been successful working with self-prep students. Each academy has different criteria established for those wishing to self-prep and GMC “cannot” guarantee acceptance into a service academy, but we can provide our analysis of individuals who have gone through our self-prep program and were later offered admissions by a service academy. We recommend individuals contemplating our self-prep program, possess the following:

  1) GPA between 3.3 and 4.0 (weighted)

  2) STEM Courses taken between their 9th and 12th grade; no less than a letter grade of C.

  3) Last two years of high school math must be Algebra 2 or a higher math course; with no less than a “B” letter grade.

  4) SAT minimum = 1100, with the math portion being a minimum of 560 or higher, or

  5) ACT minimum composite score = 21; a minimum score of 20 on the Mathematics portion of the test.

  6) Medically qualified to gain acceptance into a Service Academy.

  7) Be capable of participating fully in the structured cadet physical fitness and activities program. 



 Our self-prep program with the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) is well-established.
      1)      A Coast Guard Academy Self-Prep Cadet executes the exact same program as a USCGA Scholar – reception, integration, physical training, military training, and academics.
      2)      A Coast Guard Academy Self-Prep Cadet is given equal time with the USCGA Admissions Office – both during their visits to GMC and being assigned an Admissions Officer in New London, Connecticut.
      3)      GMC Staff, Faculty and Leadership assess every Coast Guard Academy Self-Prep Cadet against their USCGA Scholar peers – both militarily and academically – our last Coast Guard Academy Self-Prep Cadet ranked                  #2 in academics and #1 militarily and gained acceptance into the USCGA. 


Our self-prep program with the United States Military Academy (USMA) is developing.  
USMA Admissions Office is excited about our self-prep program and we are working to develop clear standards and procedures.


Our self-prep program with the United States Naval Academy (USNA) is developing.

In addition to having the above requirements, individuals seeking to self-prepare for the USNA, must also meet with a Blue & Gold Officer for an interview.


Our self-prep program with the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) has not been established.

For more details about our self-prep program to include military training, academics and costs, or to schedule a tour of GMC facilities, or receive instructions on how to apply, please contact the GMC Commandant’s Office, LTC (Retired) Rob Ramirez. rramirez@gmc.edu  (478) 387-7266








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