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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.”

Overview

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

GPA Breakdown

79%
Over 3.75
12%
3.50 - 3.74
5%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 690
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — January 31


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Interview
Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
580
with Terminal Degree
364

390
Men
190
Women
86
Minority
25
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
91%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

Majors

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Information Technology.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering.
  • Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
  • Nuclear Engineering.
  • Ocean Engineering.
  • Operations Research.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Arabic Language and Literature.
  • Chinese Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, Other.

  • MILITARY TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLIED SCIENCES.

  • Cyber/Electronic Operations and Warfare.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical.
  • Physical Sciences.
  • Physics, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Diploma

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


James E. Carter
President of United States; Nobel Peace Prize

Alan B. Shepard
First American in Space; Rear Admiral US Navy

Albert A. Michelson
First Nobel Laureate in Science from U.S.

Chester Nimitz
Fleet Admiral, United States Navy

Roger T. Staubach
NFL Hall of Fame, Businesman

James B. Stockdale
Medal of Honor Awardee; Vice Admiral US Navy

John S. McCain
United States Senator

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
91%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$78,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$149,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$83,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$154,100

Percent High Job Meaning
65%

Percent STEM
58%


Students Say

Midshipmen life is very difficult, but “the rewards are so great in four short years.” “It [is] a fantastic opportunity to serve my country and to secure a fantastic education and job immediately after I finish my undergraduate degree,” says one midshipman. Those who make it through all four years receive a Bachelor of Science degree and then are commissioned as Ensigns in the Navy or Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps, and must fulfill a minimum military commitment of five years. Graduates of the academy who visited PayScale.com had an median starting salary of $80,600, and 64 percent reported feeling that their job had a meaningful impact on the world.

Dates

Application Deadlines

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$0

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$0

Average Need-Based Loan
$0

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
0%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$0

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$0

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$0
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$0

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$0
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 


Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,512
Foreign Countries Represented
29

Demographics

7.14%
Asian
6.74%
African-American
11.52%
Hispanic
62.57%
Caucasian
1.06%
Unknown
1.20%
International

28% female
72% male
94% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
100%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

46% participate in intramural sports
41% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Navy)
20 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Light Weight Football
Riflery
Sailing
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Navy)
14 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Riflery
Sailing
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Midshipmen are issued personal computers prior to the beginning of their first academic year.

Campus Visits Contact

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

Phone
410-293-1858

Email
inquire@usna.edu

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
410-293-1858

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday thru Friday

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
inquire@usna.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Only candidates who have completed admissions packets academy to be competitive

Transportation

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.


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