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It’s a matter of moral, mental, and physical development for the proud 4,500 midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy, who serve at least five years in the Navy or Marine Corps. Make no mistake: this is a “regimented, disciplined, controlled environment,” but that’s to get all midshipmen to graduation in a fortyseven month program. Students are “fully immersed in a military environment and have to keep up many different standards” to attend, but midshipmen are granted “endless … unique travel opportunities” not found at traditional colleges, such as “attending political functions in D.C. [and] foreign travel to Morocco to learn French.” “From [subjects covering] CEOs to war heroes, we learn and learn and learn,” says a student. The Naval Academy gives students “the resources to truly become great leaders in whatever naval warfare field [they] go into on top of a well-balanced and challenging college education.”

All incoming freshman take part in a rigorous seven-week mental and physical training program known as “Plebe Summer,” and students find the “greatest strengths [on campus] are endurance and multitasking.” Class sizes are small and the “vast majority of professors are extremely passionate and competent.” “They take feedback well and are always trying to improve their teaching and classes,” says a student. Many classes focus entirely around class discussions rather than lectures, pushing students “to [lead] outside the classroom and then discuss our actions and others’ reactions,” and classes about Seamanship and Navigation take midshipmen on actual ships to practice; in the summer, students also go on different training courses to experience the military first-hand.

Student Body

Unsurprisingly, this “bright, hard-working” group has a lot of “type-A personalities who are very outgoing, ambitious, and driven,” so those one student calls “the average Joe who just gets by flying under the radar” are rare. This is “an extremely challenging environment that forces you to grow into both a person of character and caliber,” says another student. Fortunately, the student body is “capable of helping each other through any conflict,” and students find that their “friendships are true relationships.” Due to the constraints placed on the midshipmen, there can be a great deal of “happy cynicism,” which results in a bit of “sarcasm and [a] make-our-own fun attitude.” USNA students are “quite competitive in all aspects,” but there are “so many people and resources available … committed to your success.”

Campus Life

Attending USNA is undoubtedly “a busy lifestyle that allows for little free time.” Students undergo “lots of work, sports, [and] military training” on any given day, so “free time is [spent] either trying to get more than four to five hours of sleep or playing video games [and] watching movies.” Students spend most every day in class or at mandatory events, followed by meetings and homework, and the schedule is very regimented: “Morning quarters formation, classes, noon meal formation, more classes, sports period, evening meal, then study.” A lot of people work out “almost obsessively” as well. There is no drinking allowed and everyone lives in the same dorm (no members of the opposite sex are allowed in rooms), so “a lot of socializing” takes place elsewhere. Everything here is “mission-oriented” and has a purpose: to foster a “camaraderie, understanding of others, and a no-personleft-behind mentality.” Students love Annapolis, where USNA is located, because they are a “very active” crowd and “there are a lot of places to go for outdoor activities.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

52 King George Street
United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD 21402



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bancroft Hall
U.S. Naval Academy Museum
Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center
U.S. Naval Academy Chapel
Lejeune Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The downtown and waterfront areas of Annapolis are showcases filled with beautifully preserved 18th-century buildings.
Walking tours and boat cruises are offered at many different sites in town and at the docks.
Maryland State House
Maryland State War Memorial
Eastern Shore
Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD are within 35 miles of the Naval Academy.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8am-5pm; 9am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies by season, but normally Sun 12-3 pm and Mon-Sat 10am-3pm
Average Length: 1 hour

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Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Monday thru Friday

Faculty and Coach Visits

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Class Visits

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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Baltimore-Washington International Airport is 25 miles from the Naval Academy. Shuttle service is available from/to the airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-95, take the Beltway to the east around Washington, DC. Exit to U.S. Rte. 50 East. toward Annapolis. From U.S. 50, take Exit 24 Rowe Blvd. into Annapolis, then turn left onto Taylor Ave. At 'T' intersection, turn right onto Maryland route 450, then at the stoplight turn right onto King George Street. The Naval Academy's visitor entrance is at the end of King George Street, at the intersection of King George and Randall Streets. Cars MUST have current Department of Defense registration and decal in order to be permitted onto the Naval Academy. Street parking and parking garages are available in Annapolis within walking distance of the Naval Academy.

Local Accommodations
The Naval Academy is at one end of the historic city of Annapolis. Lodging is available in large selection of hotels and bed/breakfasts.


Applicants: 16,086
Acceptance Rate: 9%
Average HS GPA: 4.10



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