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As the undergraduate college of the Naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers and leaders in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Naval Academy students are midshipmen on active duty in the U.S. Navy. They attend the academy for four years, graduating with bachelor of science degrees and commissions as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Naval Academy graduates serve at least five years as Navy or Marine Corps officers.

Founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, the Academy started as the Naval School on 10 acres of old Fort Severn in Annapolis with an original class of 55. In 1850 the Naval School became the United States Naval Academy. A new curriculum went into effect requiring midshipmen to study at the Academy for four years and to train aboard ships each summer. Congress authorized the Naval Academy to begin awarding bachelor of science degrees in 1933. Today, the Academy offers 24 major fields of study, a wide variety of elective courses and advanced study and research opportunities.


"To develop midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character, to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government."


Location Annapolis, Md.
Founded 1845
Superintendent Vice Adm. Mike Miller, USN
Commandant of Midshipmen Capt. Bill Byrne, USN
Enrollment 4,400


Class Size1,191 (889 men, 302 women)
HS Participation, Student Body Leader69%
HS Participation, National Honor Society66%
HS Participation, Varsity Athlete90%
HS Participation, Varsity Team Captain/Co-Captain69%
HS Participation, Community Service90%

Graduates of the Naval Academy entering the Navy do so as ensigns and have the following service options:

  • Aviation - pilot, flight officer
  • Restricted Line and Staff Corps - civil engineering, information warfare, cryptology, intelligence, maintenance, medicine, meteorology/oceanography, supply
  • Special Operations - explosive ordnance disposal, explosive ordnance management, mine countermeasures, operational diving and salvage
  • Navy SEALs
  • Surface Warfare - conventional, nuclear powered
  • Submarines - nuclear powered

Graduates enter the Marine Corps with a rank of second lieutenant. Those officers entering the Marine Corps have the choice of serving in one of the following fields:

  • Aviation - air command and control, anti-air warfare, aviation maintenance, aviation supply, pilot, flight officer
  • Ground - armor, artillery, communications (information systems), engineering, financial management, infantry, logistics, military police.
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