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The United States Naval Academy is a 4-year, public, military academy for students (midshipmen) going to college so they can earn a commission into the US Navy. It is located in a large suburb of Annapolis, Maryland, where students can spend a little bit of time relaxing when they aren’t in class, studying, or working on military drills.

Overview of United States Naval Academy

The academy was founded in 1845 and intended for young men who wanted to go into the Navy as officers. The total enrollment of the academy is 4,512; men make up 72% of the student body while women make up 28%.

The student-to-faculty ratio is a low 8 to 1. This means that students/midshipmen are able to connect easily with their instructors if they are having problems understanding their class materials.

High school graduates who have been nominated by their Congressperson are able to have their advanced placement (AP) scores converted into class credits. The Carnegie classification is noted as baccalaureate Colleges, Arts & Sciences focus.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 8:1
Graduation Rate 91%
Year Founded 1845

Student Enrollment

Total Students4,512


Undergraduate Student

Male 3,249
Female 1,263

Graduate Student

Male NA
Female NA

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Male 11,576
Female 4,510


Male 1,042
Female 361

Acceptance Rate9%

Male  9%
Female  8%

Enrollment 1,260

Male 1,083
Female 1,108
Application Fee -
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Required
High School Transcripts Considered but not required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline January 31
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

No data for tuition or sticker price is available on the NCES website because the US Navy pays for every student/midshipman’s education, room/board, and books; midshipmen and their families don’t have to worry about the cost. In short, they receive full-ride scholarships, which cover all costs, plus medical and dental care.

Midshipmen don’t need to worry about filling out the FAFSA to request grants or scholarships.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price -
Average Total Aid -
Students Receiving Financial Aid -
Room & Board -

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - NA
  • Tuition Out-of-State - NA
  • Books and Supplies - NA
  • Room & Board - NA
  • Other - NA


The retention rate for first-year midshipmen is 97%—almost 100 percent of all students return for their second year of school. the 4-year graduation rate is 90% and the 6-year graduation rate is an even better 91%.

The low student faculty ratio encourages midshipmen to visit their instructors if they should have a problem with one of their classes. the US Naval Academy does not allow students to take evening classes or distance learning; all classes are taken face-to-face at the time classes are scheduled.

Majors available for midshipmen/students include: engineering (chemical, aerospace and mechanical); political science; computer science; English language and literature; Arabic language and literature; Chinese language and literature; history; mathematics and statistics; military technologies and applied sciences (cyber-electronic operations and warfare); physical sciences; and social sciences.

Student Population Total

Student Population 4,512

Evening Classes : No
Distance Learning : No

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Engineering Majors 393 Total Graduates / 37%
Mechanical Engineering 90 Graduates
Operations Research 58 Graduates
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 55 Graduates
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering 55 Graduates
Ocean Engineering 48 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 260 Total Graduates / 24%
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 138 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 122 Graduates
All Physical Science Majors 117 Total Graduates / 11%
Chemistry, General 36 Graduates
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 34 Graduates
Physics, General 31 Graduates
Physical Sciences 16 Graduates
Mathematics and Statistics 73 Total Graduates / 7%
Mathematics, Other 37 Graduates
Mathematics, General 36 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 52 Total Graduates / 5%
Computer Science 43 Graduates
Information Technology 9 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 16%

Outcome & Salary

As with the US Air Force, Navy officers will benefit from a significant return on investment (ROI) stemming from their education. However, this ROI covers their time and efforts on their studies, rather than on the money they would otherwise have spent on their educations, since that is taken care of for them.

The average salary of a naval officer is $116,000. Their early-career salary is $80,100 and their mid-career salary is $152,800. Their 10-year salary earnings potential is $1,160,000 and their 20-year salary earnings potential is $2,688,000. Considering what they put into this was time and they leave the school with no debt, that’s a great return.

High school graduates who don’t go to college have a national salary average of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $80,100
College Grads Average Salary $116,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $152,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,160,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $2,688,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year -
10 Year Projected ROI -
20 Year Projected ROI -
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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