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Who Can Apply

Applicants to the U.S. Naval Academy must be:
* at least 17 years of age and must not have passed your 23rd birthday on July 1st of the year of admission;
* unmarried, not pregnant and have no incurred obligations of parenthood;
* a United States citizen (except for the limited quotas of international midshipmen specifically authorized by Congress); and
* of good moral character.

Tuition

There is no tuition or financial aid at the Naval Academy. The Navy pays 100% of the tuition, room and board, medical and dental care costs of Naval Academy midshipmen. This means ALL students who attend the Naval Academy do so on a full scholarship in return for 5 years of active duty service upon graduation. Additionally, you 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 pay is $1,017 monthly, from which laundry, barber, cobbler, activities fees, yearbook and other service charges are deducted. Actual cash pay is $100 per month your first year, which increases each year thereafter.

Summer Courses and Training

Summer training events are specifically sequenced into the Naval Academy's four-year education and training plan and reinforce you experiences in the classroom on the athletic field, and in Bancroft Hall. The focus of your summer training is Fleet alignment. Each summer you will spend approximately four weeks immersed in the Fleet, maximizing your exposure to Navy and Marine Corps personnel, operations, and training. Additionally, many midshipmen choose to take classes offered through the USNA's summer school program.

Third Class Summer
Your cruise onboard a surface ship or submarine provides you a snapshot of a "day in the life" of Fleet enlisted personnel. You will become part of the crew, taking part in ship's operations and drills and standing underway watches. This opportunity allows you to experience the lives of the men and women that you will lead after commissioning.

Second Class Summer
You will complete Professional Training of Midshipmen (PROTRAMID), a program introducing you to the missions, equipment, and people of the major Navy branches and the Marine Corps. In one action-packed summer, you fly in Navy aircraft, dive in a nuclear-powered submarine, drive Navy ships, and participate in Marine Corps combat training.

First Class Summer

In the final summer, you get a chance to act as a division officer in training, interacting with a Wardroom and the Chief Petty Officer. Warfare cruise options are surface, submarine, aviation, Special Warfare (SEAL), and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) cruises, as well as Marine Corps training (Leatherneck and Marine Air Ground Task Force). This cruise experience will help you decide upon your warfare community preferences prior to service assignment during your final fall semester.

Academic Majors

At the Naval Academy, the academic program is focused especially on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), in order to meet the current and future highly technical needs of the Navy. Most, if not all, majors offered at the USNA are common at colleges and universities across the United States. Upon graduation, a Bachelor of Science degree is awarded regardless of major

Available majors include Chemistry, Cyber Operations, Economics, English, General Science, History, Math, Mechanical Engineering, Oceanography, Physics and Political Science.

Click HERE for a complete listing of academic majors.

Special Academic Opportunities

Students who excel at the Naval Academy have many opportunities to challenge and advance themselves through several special programs.

Trident Scholars (Click HERE for more information)
The Trident Scholar Program provides an opportunity for some exceptionally capable midshipmen to engage in independent study and research during their first class (senior) year. Following their selection to the program at the end of their junior year, Trident Scholars conduct year-long independent research in an area of their interest, working closely with a faculty advisor who is an expert in the area that the Scholar has chosen to investigate.

Honors Program
Midshipmen with excellent academic and leadership performance can apply for honors programs offered in history, English, political science, mathematics, oceanography, systems engineering, and economics.

Voluntary Graduate Education Program (Click HERE for more information)
Midshipmen who have completed Academy course requirements early through any combination of validation and overloading can compete for selection and begin work toward master's degrees at nearby civilian universities.

Naval Academy International Programs Office (Click HERE for more information)
Examples include semester study abroad at foreign military academies and civilian universities, summer education and cultural immersion opportunities, professional training aboard foreign navy vessels, sail training ships, and short-duration orientation visits. At least one quarter of each graduating class can expect to have a significant language or cultural awareness experience during their four years at the Academy.

Graduate School Opportunities

The Naval Academy offers opportunities for immediate and delayed graduate education at civilian and military institutions. Midshipmen have earned many prestigious scholarships over the years, including -- but not limited to -- Rhodes Scholarships, Truman Scholarships and NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships.

Additionally, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides education benefits for servicemembers who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001. The Post-9/11 GI Bill can pay your full tuition & fees at school, provide you with a monthly housing allowance while you are going to school, and give you up to $1,000 a year to use for books and supplies. Another provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows eligible servicemembers to transfer their unused benefits to family members.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy have the opportunity to select a wide variety of service assignments for their military careers. Graduates enter the Navy (Ensigns) or Marine Corps (2nd Lieutenants) as officers. Please click on the following boxes to see the opportunities available.

Military Monthly Pay & Allowances Scale (effective Jan 1, 2017)

Each branch of the military follows the same monthly pay scale for its officers.

 O-1 (upon graduation)O-2 (after 2-3 years)O-3 (after additional 2-3 years)
Base Pay   
Year 1$3,035.00$4,586.00$5,398.00
Year 2$3,159.00$4,741.00$5,657.00
Year 3$3,819.00$4,839.00$5,567.00
Substinence$253.63$253.63$253.63
Housing Allowance*   
Single$1,878.00$2,088.00$2,271.00
Family$2,154.00$2,346.00$2,531.00
Flight Pay**$125.00$156.00$206.00
Submarine Pay**$230.00$305.00$510.00

*=Varies upon rank and location assigned. Figures are for junior officers living in Annapolis. This pay is non-taxed.
**=Above amounts are approximate and will increase with each year of service.
Additionally, there is a Nuclear Power Incentive of $12,500 that is awarded upon the completion of nuclear power training.

General Application Timeline Advice

Learn the steps you should take throughout your high school career to help your application to the United States Naval Academy by clicking HERE.

Learn the complete Steps for Admission to the USNA by clicking HERE.

When to Apply

You should apply for admission between April of your junior year in high school and December 31 (final date to apply) of your senior year in high school. The earlier you apply the better. The USNA uses a selection process known as "rolling admissions." As soon as all of your candidate packet forms are received, the Admissions Boards will determine your scholastic "whole person" qualification.

How to Apply

Apply to the USNA by clicking HERE.

  • Formal applications can be submitted from April of your junior year in high school until December 31 of your senior year.
  • Please read and answer the section entitled "NavySports." Doing so notifies the head coach of the sport you select that your information is being submitted.

    Note: Individual Navy teams may have recruiting questionnaires found on their team page on NavySports.com that you are encouraged to complete. However, doing so is NOT part of the official process toward applying to the USNA.

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    Learn more about and apply for the USNA Summer Seminar Program by clicking HERE.

  • The USNA Summer Seminar is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school. Summer Seminar teaches you about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation's leaders.
  • Applications open in January of your junior year in high school and remain open until the program is full.
  • Submitting an application for the Summer Seminar counts toward completing the Preliminary Application portion of the formal admission process.

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    Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by clicking HERE.

  • Additionally, all potential student-athletes -- regardless of the schools they are applying to -- MUST register at the NCAA Eligibility Center.

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    Submit a Request for Information form by clicking HERE.

  • This preliminary form can be submitted through the end of your sophomore year of high school.
  • Please read and answer the section entitled "NavySports." Doing so notifies the head coach of the sport you select that your information is being submitted.

  • Visit the USNA

    Briefings by the Admissions Department are presented daily to prospective Midshipman. Information on those briefings can be obtained HERE. General information on visiting the USNA can be obtained HERE.

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