One of the nation's most prestigious institutions, the United States Naval Academy provides undergraduates with the opportunity "to be among America's next generation of leaders, and to represent the best this country has to offer." Certainly, these midshipmen are drawn to the promise of serving their country and "receiving an Ivy League-equivalent education" all while "push[ing themselves] further than [they] ever thought possible." Indeed, students greatly value the fact that "[t]he curriculum is designed around training and developing leaders, and takes a whole-person aspect into view." As one senior explains, "character is a must, and ethical-leadership is the standard. We are encouraged and enabled to perform academically, physically, and morally." Additionally, undergrads speak highly of their overall classroom experience as well as their "excellent" professors. Many students are pleased to discover that their teachers focus on "how course material can be applied in the real world." They also feel that, by and large, professors here are "extremely knowledgeable in their field." Perhaps even more importantly, these midshipmen brag that instructors "are willing to devote a lot of extra time to help students outside of class." And a grateful sophomore emphasizes, "Professors will go out of their way to help students at practically every hour of the day." Surely, there's no doubt that the Naval Academy provides students "with the tools to succeed."
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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 $80,700, and sixty-nine percent reported feeling that their job had a meaningful impact on the world.
Colleges that Create Futures
The Navy pays for the tuition, room and board, and medical and dental care of Naval Academy midshipmen. Midshipmen also enjoy regular active-duty benefits, including access to military commissaries and exchanges, commercial transportation and lodging discounts, and the ability to fly space-available in military aircraft around the world. Midshipmen are also given a monthly salary of $864, from which laundry, barber, cobbler, activities fees, yearbook, and other service charges are deducted. Actual cash pay is less than $100 per month your first year, increasing each year to $400 per month in your fourth year.
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All graduates go on to become an ensign in the Navy or a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and serve five years as an officer, followed by reserve commissions. Many also go on for additional training, including nuclear power, aviation, submarine warfare, and special operations. Especially capable and highly motivated students are able to enroll in the school's challenging honors programs, which provide opportunities to start work on postgraduate degrees while still at the academy. Graduates of USNA tend to spread themselves beyond the military, and the school has produced one president and numerous astronauts, and more than 990 noted scholars in a variety of academic fields are academy graduates, including forty-six Rhodes Scholars and twenty-four Marshall Scholars.
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Without a doubt, many midshipmen would define their peers as "hard charging," "motivated," "type A personalities." They could also easily be seen as "goal-oriented, physically fit" and occasionally "cynical about academy life." Of course, wandering around campus, it might appear as though the typical student is "a Caucasian male...very conservative, religious [and] very morally upright." However, a junior happily points out, "Our school is required to have students from all over the country, and people from very different backgrounds all meld together." And one sophomore explains that ultimately, "Because we all go through such rigorous evolutions every week, we have this unspoken understanding/respect for each other that acts as a great ice breaker when making friends."
"I call the Naval Academy the world's most beautiful prison...we work to defend freedom, not enjoy it." Yes, as this midshipman colorfully alludes, life at the Naval Academy is quite regimented and rules here are "strictly enforced." Students are quick to note that, with the exception of a few seniors, "no one is allowed to leave campus during the week." Nevertheless, the "lifestyle is very busy" despite the ban. An aerospace engineering major explains, "There is constantly something to be done between formations, room inspections, mandatory parades and evening lectures." Thankfully, even with these highly regulated schedules, students can participate in "a wide variety of extracurricular activities." Indeed, "from salsa dancing to marathon club to combat arms team, there is something for everyone to get involved with." When precious free time is available, many students enjoy engaging in outdoor activities such as "rock climbing, sailing, fishing, hiking, and camping." Additionally, a lot of midshipmen can be found "running and biking when the weather is good." The Academy itself has virtually no party scene since "it's a completely dry campus." And a sophomore warns that "if you are found with alcohol you are kicked out." However, during the weekends, midshipmen who are of age love sampling the bars around Annapolis. And all undergrads appreciate the school's proximity to both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Finally, many midshipmen conclude by stressing that life at the Academy "gets better as you progress."
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Midshipmen are issued personal computers prior to the beginning of their first academic year.
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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
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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.
Appointment Required: No
Times: Jun-Sept: Mon-Sat 9:30am-3:30pm; Sun 12:30pm-3:30
Average Length: 1 hour
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Only candidates who have completed admissions packets academy to be competitive
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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.
The Naval Academy is at one end of the historic city of Annapolis. Lodging is available in large selection of hotels and bed/breakfasts.