USNA Description

As one of five service academies, the United States Naval Academy serves as a crucial institution of the American military. Its campus, which is located in Annapolis, Maryland, was established in 1845 and named a National Historic Landmark in 1961.

Of course, the Naval Academy is not your average undergraduate college. While other institutions focus exclusively on academics or career training, the Naval Academy strives to develop its students’ moral, academic, professional and physical education.

The admissions process is also quite different. A preliminary application makes you an official candidate, but you must also apply for nomination from a government official (typically a U.S. Representative, Senator, or the President or Vice President).

USNA’s academics consist of three main subject areas: Engineering & Weapons, Mathematics & Science, and Humanities & Social Science. There are over 20 majors available in practical fields like Computer Engineering, Quantitative Economics, and Arabic. Grades are based not just on academics, but also on leadership and athletic performance.

Like the other service academies, USNA provides full-tuition financial aid. Once you graduate, you’ll be commissioned as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps. This is certainly no small commitment and obviously not for everyone, but the Naval Academy offers a top-notch, free education to those with the talent and drive to succeed.

Quick Facts about United States Naval Academy

Region

Mid-Atlantic

Setting

Large Town Setting

Type

Public

Size

Medium (2,000 to 5,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Midshipmen

Nicknames

Annapolis, Navy

Website

www.usna.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Most Selective

Retention Rate

97%

Enrollment

4,488

Year Established

1845

USNA Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
4,488
Freshman Class
1,245
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
4,488

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
100%
Graduate
0%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
98%
Part-Time
2%

Gender of Students

Women
20%
Men
80%

Ethnic Diversity

African-American
5%
Asian
4%
Caucasian
76%
Latino
12%
Other
3%

International Students

International
1%
Domestic
99%

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