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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.
|Campus Setting||Suburb: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||8:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Required|
|High School Transcripts||Considered but not required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|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.
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- Tuition In-State - NA
- Tuition Out-of-State - NA
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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
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.
|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||-|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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