US Naval AcademyThe U.S. Naval Academy was established in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1845 as a school for training U.S. Navy officers. Graduates receive B.S. degrees with a major in one of 29 disciplines, plus commission as Ensign in the Navy or Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

Like West Point, the US Naval Academy’s admissions procedures do not resemble most college’s. Applicants must be recommended by a Senator or Representative or the Vice President, but each of these government officials is allowed to nominate only two people each year. The application process also includes a college application, personality testing, standardized testing, a physical exam, and a physical aptitude test.

US Naval Academy admission statistics

US Naval Academy students are called midshipmen. Their academic program begins with a core curriculum that includes courses in engineering, science, mathematics, humanities and social science. The Academy also provides professional and leadership training. While the midshipmen learn to take orders first, before long they acquire the responsibility for making decisions that can affect hundreds of other midshipmen. The professional classroom studies are backed by many hours of practical experience in leadership and naval operations. Summer months are spent in training at U.S. bases and with units of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.

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Moral and ethical development is fundamental to all aspects of the US Naval Academy. From Plebe Summer through graduation, the Officer Development Program, a four-year integrated program, focuses on integrity, honor, and mutual respect. Honor is emphasized through the Honor Concept of the Brigade of Midshipmen. Athletics are a major part of the Annapolis program and the Academy offers a wide variety of athletic choices – in addition to the required physical education curriculum. The Academy participates in the American Athletic Conference in football and in the NCAA Division I-level Patriot League in many other sports. The college fields 33 varsity sports teams and 12 club sports teams.

US Naval Academy in AnnapolisThe most important sporting event at the academy is the annual Army–Navy Game. The three major service academies (Navy, Air Force, and Army) compete for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, which is awarded to the academy that defeats the others in football that year.

The US Naval Academy first accepted women in 1976, and women now comprise about 28 percent of the midshipmen. A small number of international students, usually from smaller allied or friendly countries, are admitted into each class. The Academy normally admits about 1% of its class from a pool of international students from about 10 different countries.


Acceptance Rate

USNA acceptance rate

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

USNA SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

US Naval Academy ACT test score
US Naval Academy ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early Action/Decision
Early Action/Decision application deadline: N/A

Regular Decision
Regular decision deadline: January 31
Decisions are mailed by April 15

Transfer application deadline: January 31

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of applicants: 16,332
Enrolled: 1,140
Yield: 87%
Acceptance rate: 8%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 620-710
SAT Math: 620-750

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 26-32
ACT English: 26-32
ACT Math: 26-35

Standardized Test Requirements

US Naval Academy requires the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT required

Naval Academy does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

USNA does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

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Graduation Rates

USNA graduation rate

Rhodes Scholars

Naval Academy score card

R&D Expenditures

Naval Academy R&D exenditures

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 90%
6 years: 92%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 51

R&D Expenditures: $13.54 million

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Tuition, room and board are covered by the U.S. Government. All students are on Active Duty as members of the U.S. military and receive an annual salary. First-year students earn roughly $1,000 each month. Laundry, barber, cobbler, activities fees, yearbook and other service charges are deducted from that monthly pay. Actual cash pay is $100 per month for first-year midshipmen and this cash pay increases each year thereafter.

For purposes of calculating our median AdmissionsConsultants Top 25 Liberal Arts financial aid statistics, we omitted the service academies. (As opposed to using values of zero to drive down the median for this group.)

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

USNA undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

US Naval Academy student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1

Women: 28%

Students living in campus housing: 100%

Greek life: N/A

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 70%
20 to 39: 30%
40 to 99: 0%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 4,538 (all undergraduate)

Student Residence
In State: 7%
Out of State: 92%
International: 1%

USNA student population

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This page was last updated in November 2020.