First-Rate Faculty and Staff
The Naval Academy's philosophy of education stresses attention to individual students by highly qualified faculty members who are strongly committed to teaching. Classes are small, with an average size of fewer than 18 students and a student-faculty ratio of 8:1. All courses at the Naval Academy are taught and graded by faculty members, not by graduate assistants.
Our 600-member faculty is an integrated group of officers and civilians in nearly equal numbers. Officers bring fresh ideas and experiences from operational units and staffs of the Navy and Marine Corps. The academy's civilian faculty members give continuity to the educational program and form a core of professional scholarship and teaching experience. Working together closely, these military and civilian faculty members form one of the strongest and most dedicated teaching faculties of any college or university in the United States.
Students at the Naval Academy can select one of 25 different majors grouped into six different divisions: Division of Engineering and Weapons, Division of Mathematics and Science, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Division of Professional Development, Division of Leadership Education and Development, and the Division of Character Development and Training. In addition to graduating with a Bachelor's of Science, students can attain a minor in one of seven different languages: French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Arabic and Chinese.
Students who excel at the Naval Academy have many opportunities to challenge and advance themselves through several special programs -- Trident Scholars, Honors Programs, and Voluntary Graduate Education Program (VGEP).
Academic Progress Report
Twenty-three of Navy's 25 NCAA sponsored varsity sports programs rank above the national average in their respective sport in the NCAA Academic Progress Report. Football's APR is a 982, while the national average is 966.
The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team's APR is calculated by the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible.
Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Ricky Dobbs ('11) was named the 2010 Senior CLASS Award winner for the Football Bowl Subdivision, becoming the second Navy student-athlete to win the award. The Senior CLASS Award was started in 2001 by Dick Enberg in response to the growing trend of men's basketball players leaving school early for the NBA. The award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: classroom, community, character and competition. Navy has produced seven first-team honorees in their respective sports over the last eight years, highlighted by Dobbs' award in 2010 and 2008 grad Evan Barnes, who was men's soccer's inaugural award winner in 2007. Additionally, women's basketball player Kate Hobbs ('07), women's soccer's Lizzie Barnes ('08), men's lacrosse's Andy Tormey ('09), football's John Dowd ('12), Elizabeth Hoerner ('14) of women's soccer and baseball's Adrian Chinnery ('17) each were named to the Senior CLASS All-America First Team.
In addition to furthering their education at schools across the country, students at the Naval Academy annually are in competition for several prestigious scholarships. Since Navy's first Rhodes Scholar, E. Van Meter ('28), a total of 50 Naval Academy graduates have received the Rhodes Scholarship, including 2013 graduate Katie Whitcombe, a member of the women's track and field team. Also, 28 grads have won George C. Marshall Scholarships and 16 have won a Gates Cambridge scholarship.
Standout swimmer Kelly Zahalka ('09) was a recipient of both the Harry S. Truman and Gen. George C. Marshall Scholarships, which paved the way for her to study for two years in the United Kingdom. Katie Davidson ('13) of the women's swimming team and Ronald Allen ('13) of the sprint football team won Marshall Scholarships in 2013.
Former women's track and cross country runner Kayla Sax ('10) was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and contributed to research focused on alternative energy sources at the University of Cambridge. The now Kayla Barron was recently selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA. Additional Mids to earn the scholarship in recent years include Tom Paul ('12) and Eric Washkewicz ('13) from the lightweight rowing team, and Megan Hough ('16) of the intercollegiate sailing team.
Ryan Bailey ('17) of the men's swimming team was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships during the 2016-17 academic year. He is the 14th Navy student-athlete in the last eight years to earn a postgraduate scholarship.
Ethan Doherty ('17) of the offshore sailing team won a Trident scholarship and was class valedictorian.
Navy football player E.K. Binns ('16) received an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation and was a finalist for the Academic Heisman in 2015.
Naval Academy student-athletes have totaled 121 CoSIDA Academic All-America certificates over the years, with 86 of those awards coming since the start of the 1999-2000 academic year.
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Patriot League Scholar-Athletes
Navy had four Patriot League Scholar-Athletes of the Year in 2016-17: Patricia Mattingly (volleyball), Ryan Speir (men's cross country), Ryan Bailey (men's swimming) and Thomas Pecor (men's tennis). Bailey went on to be selected as the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He is the 15th Mid to earn the accolade Ð the most of any school in the league Ð and the 10th to have garnered the accolade in the last 11 years.