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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 24 different majors grouped into six different divisions: Division of Engineering and Weapons, Division of Humanitites and Social Sciences, Division of Mathematics and Science, 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.

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).

Graduation Success Rate
For the eighth year in a row, the United States Naval Academy ranks among nation's leaders for graduating NCAA student-athletes on the Division I level. Navy graduated 100 percent of its student-athletes in four of the 21 NCAA sports reported on and averaged an overall rate of 93 percent for student-athletes in all sports – tied for he eighth-highest mark nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Ricky Dobbs ('11) was named the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner for the Football Bowl Subdivision, becoming the second Navy student-athlete to win the award. The Lowe's 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 six first-team honorees in their respective sports over the last six 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) and football's John Dowd ('12) each were named to the Lowe's Senior All-America First Team.

Scholarship Winners
USNA Rhodes Scholars - http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Notables/RhodesScholars/index.htm
USNA Marshall Scholars - http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Notables/MarshallScholars/index.htm
Fitzgerald Scholars - http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Notables/FitzScholars/index.htm

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 46 Naval Academy graduates have received the Rhodes Scholarship, including 13 since 2001. Among Navy's most recent recipients is former baseball player Trevor Thompson ('05). Also, 24 grads have won George C. Marshall Scholarships, including 14 since 2000. A trio of recent graduates earned Bowman Scholarships to the Naval Postgraduate School. Lightweight rower Chris Medford ('11), heavyweight rower Mike Shea ('11) and rifle standout Kenan Wang ('11) were each honored as Bowman Scholars.

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) became just the ninth student from the Naval Academy to be awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which has enabled her to contribute to research focused on alternative energy sources at the University of Cambridge.

Eric Washkewicz ('13) became the second student-athlete from the Navy lightweight rowing team to be selected for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, joining Tom Paul ('12). Washkewicz is the 11th student from the Naval Academy to earn the scholarship.

Laura Gorinski ('13) of the women's swimming team, Chris Galvin ('13) of the men's track & field/cross country team, Brigid Byrne ('13) of the women's track & field/cross country team and Jasmine DePompeo ('13) of the women's lacrosse team were awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships in 2013, joining football's John Dowd ('12), men's tennis player Nick Birger ('11), women's soccer's Beth Reed ('10) and track's Mark Van Orden ('10) as recent winners.

Academic All-Americans
Navy's CoSIDA's Academic All-Americans - http://www.navysports.com/trads/navy-cosida-AAA.html

Naval Academy student-athletes have totaled 95 Academic All-America certificates over the years, with 62 of those awards coming since the start of the 1999-2000 academic year. USNA student-athletes garnered nine Academic All-American honors in 2012-13.

Patriot League Scholar-Athletes
Navy Recipients - http://www.navysports.com/trads/patriot-scholar-athletes.html

Navy had nine Patriot League Scholar-Athletes of the Year in 2012-13, including senior class valedictorian Chris Galvin ('13), who won the honor three times (men's cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field) and Brigid Byrne ('13), who was selected as the overall Patriot League Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Byrne was honored as the top scholar-athlete for cross country and outdoor track & field.

Laura Gorinski ('13) was the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's swimming in 2011, '12 and '13.
Elizabeth Hoerner ('14) was a First Team Academic All-American and the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's soccer.
Football's Ricky Dobbs ('11) was named the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner for the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Brigid Byrne ('13) was the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's cross country and outdoor track & field.
Chris Galvin ('13) was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field and was the class valedictorian.
Keegan Wetzel ('13) was named First-Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
John Dowd ('12) was a two-time First Team Academic All-American and is the first football player in school history to achieve that feat.