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United States Naval Academy Reviews

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  • 02/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 out of 31 people found this review useful. 1 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are highly motivated to serve the U.S. and have a passion for challenging themselves morally, mentally, and physically will be successful here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are committed and choosing the Academy for the right reasons. If you are not sure if it's really what you want, don't go. There are many other ways to become an officer in the military and you will be miserable here if you are not prepared.

    Bang for the buck

    You get paid to attend, enough said.

    Am enjoying being here

    The comradeship you will find at the Academy is unparalleled at any state or private college, but do not expect to have any sort of real social life until you are at least in your junior year.

    Am learning a lot

    You will learn a moderate amount in a wide variety of subjects. Be prepared though, there is a strong engineering focus.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 out of 22 people found this review useful. 2 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Military Base

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do NOT step on the SEAL crest.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do. Every midshipman has some type of activity that ranges from varsity athlete to intramural warrior.

    Food and Dining

    The food is free and typically you will sit with your squads. Sometimes, the food can be great, but also disappointing.

    Dorm Life

    First year, you will typically live with 2 to 3 midshipman. The rooms are small, but can easily adapt and overcome.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics will demand every effort in studying. Do not underestimate the workload.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a current midshipman, be prepared to challenge yourself physically and academically. It is tough the first year, but with determination and hard work, anything is possible.

    In three sentences

    United States Naval Academy is one of the best known institutions around the world. It is a great place for serious students who are willing to serve their country. Even though the school demands academic and military obligations, opportunities here are endless.

  • 05/18/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    15 out of 16 people found this review useful. 3 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    You will be stressed out here, but keep your chin up and push through!

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard on your application and get it in early!

    Bang for the buck

    You are being paid to attend!

    Will enjoy being here

    If it is the right lifestyle for you, yes. If military isn't you thing, then no.

    Will learn a lot

    Best education out there!

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 4 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police inside as well as task force. Its the United States Naval Academy aka a military college. It's what you would think. Nothing crazy though.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every sport you can think of and any club. You can make your own if you find the interest.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love the military, have great leadership personalities, are good athletes. Intelligent and hard working people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Too many traditions to count. Army Navy stuff, Parades, Airforce and Army Navy week. It gets pretty crazy around here. Halloween is a great time.

    Bang for the buck

    You get paid to come here and its a free education!! (minus the fact that you are giving up 5+ years or your life).

    What to do for fun

    Read a book, do your hw or join a varsity team. You cannot leave unless you are a 2nd class/firstie or a junior/senior and even then on certain days. Might as well get an XBOX or some friends.

    Food and Dining

    King Hall is really a hit or mix. The food can be amazing on Pizza nights or crappy on Asian food nights. Steerage is great if you are allowed to go. Ordering out is very popular but gets kind of expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are probably the smallest compared to anywhere else but everything you get to put them in is free. The dorms are paid by the school which pays you to be there. With the amount of stuff you can actually have in there, the rooms are pretty efficiently sized.

    Academic Rigor

    Some the the hardest classes I have ever taken. Statics, Physics II, etc. I skated by with almost a 4.0 in high school and have never studied harder in my life to get a B in a class. The academics are hard because of the lack of time you have with all of the military obligations etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do a visit, go to summer seminar. Look at videos and ask people who go there. Realize that your life will suck the first year and that it gets better. DO NOT lie, cheat or steal. Don't rate what you don't skate.

    In three sentences

    I would rate this institution a B+. The atmosphere is great, the friendship forged here are amazing and the level of intelligence among the midshipmen is incredible at times. The only problem I have with this place is the greatly varied and sometimes flawed leadership within the company and above. Your Company Officer and Upper-class really play a major role in the environment.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 5 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are traditions EVERYWHERE, places you can and can not walk, things to say at specific times, and of course bets.

    Food and Dining

    King hall... that is all sir.

    Dorm Life

    Comradeship like nothing else, but plebe year sucks.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough, but theres always someone to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    consider the military obligation after graduation, do not come here unless you want to be part of the military. You have to want it badly, and be willing to prove it.

    In three sentences

    This school is tough and it takes a special person to come here, but for those of who feel that call, its amazing

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Motivated Determined A love for the country Hard worker

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The entire academy is a tradition.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with the amazing people you meet :D

    Tips for prospective students

    USNA is hard but the rewards are great.

    In three sentences

    USNA is a great school with amazing teachers and students. I love being here because it fosters hard work and determination. The people I have gotten to meet has been the most worthwhile experience.

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Naval Academy campus, known as the Yard, is located in historic Annapolis, Md. It is essentially a base, manned by active duty military guards. ID is required to get on. You spend almost all of your time on the Yard.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every thing imaginable! Adventure Racing Team Alpine Ski Team Amateur Radio Club Arabic Club Cannoneers Catholic Daughters of American Catholic Midshipmen Club Chinese Culture Club Color Guard Combat Arms Team CrossFit Dance Club Debate Team Dolphin Club Equestrian Team Fellowship of Christian Athletes Field Hockey Filipino-American Club Freethinkers and Atheists French Club German Club Golden Key National Honor Society Green Classroom Club Infantry Skills Team International Midshipmen Club Investment Club Italian-American Midshipmen Club Japanese American Club Jewish Midshipmen Club Korean-American Midshipmen Club Latin American Studies Club Lucky Bag Martial Arts Masqueraders Men's Soccer Midshipmen Action Group Midshipmen Black Studies Club Midshipmen Sports Medicine Club Model United Nations Mountaineering Club Musical Activities National Eagle Scout Association Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference Naval Academy Leadership Conference Navigators Navy Beats Navy Spectrum Navy Spirit Team Officer Christian Fellowship Offshore Sailing Training Squadron Omicron Delta Epsilon Parachute Team Phi Alpha Theta Phi Sigma Iota Protestant Midshipmen Club Rock Climbing Team Scuba Club Semper Fidelis Society Silent Drill Team Special Operations Team Surface Navy Association The Log Magazine Ultimate Frisbee Team USNA Knights of Columbus Council USNA Paintball Club Water Polo Women's Ice Hockey Yard Patrol Craft Squadron

    Great for these types of students

    Driven Hard-working Honorable

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I Day is the in-processing of the entire Plebe regiment and an Oath of Office Ceremony. Its also the time to say goodbye to family. Plebe Summer is a 7-week long indoctrination period at the Naval Academy that all midshipmen must complete prior to beginning their first academic semester. Plebe Parents' Weekend is for parents and family members to visit with their Midshipman and experience a taste of the traditions, academics, and atmosphere unique to the Naval Academy prior to the start of the Fall Term. The Herndon Monument Climb marks the end of Plebe year when 1,000 eager, screaming plebes charge toward a 21-foot grey lard-covered obelisk as thousands of spectators watch with the hopes that they complete the task quickly. The plebe class works together to accomplish the goal of retrieving a white plebe dixie cup hat from atop the monument and replace it with an upperclassmen's hat. It is a tradition, a rite of passage, that has endured at the Naval Academy for many years.

    Bang for the buck

    There is no tuition 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.

    What to do for fun

    Your time at the Academy is very challenging, tightly structured, and designed to push you well beyond what you think are your limits. Within this framework however, there are many ways you can pursue your individual areas of interest. All midshipmen must participate in athletics. The Naval Academy also has many extracurricular activities that allow midshipmen to expand their horizons outside the classroom and off the athletic field.

    Food and Dining

    The entire brigade eats together, at one time, in a 55,000-square-foot dining hall. Companies sit together, and food is eaten family style. The food is plentiful, healthy and served to us. There is a wide variety of healthy choices to ensure midshipmen have the proper sustenance for their high metabolisms.

    Dorm Life

    The day begins with reveille and ends with lights out. You stand watches, march to meals and wear uniforms for almost everything you do. You and your roommates must keep your room ready for a military inspection at any time and keep your uniforms in regulation condition. All midshipmen live in Bancroft Hall, a huge dormitory complex. You are assigned to a room with one or more midshipmen and live in close proximity to about 150 other midshipmen in your company. You eat, sleep, study, drill, play and compete as teams with your company mates. You learn to trust and rely on each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Core requirements in engineering, natural sciences, the humanities and social sciences, assure that graduates are able to think critically, solve increasingly technical problems in a dynamic, global environment, and express conclusions clearly. There are courses and practical training to teach the leadership and professional skills required of Navy and Marine Corps officers. And there are academic majors and minors that permits a midshipman to explore a discipline in some depth and prepare for graduate level work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Excel in academics (grades, AP classes, SAT/ACT), athletics and personal fitness, leadership (in school, church, community), community service, and character. Apply for Summer Seminar and, once there, shine! Apply for admission and Congressional nomination early!

    In three sentences

    The mission is 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. Only the best and the brightest need apply.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    NO buck, but A LOT of bang

    Food and Dining

    wow! the hall is awesome/huge! it is fairly newer looking inside. food was pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    They are small, but your shower is in your room!

    Academic Rigor

    I hear is it hard. But I also hear that there are more than enough people to help you out including your peers, teachers, and your laptop.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research, and know that this is the place for you. Apply to all the academies even though Navy should be your number one.

    In three sentences

    For me, I divide everything about all service academies into fluffy and techie stuff. Fluffy: This is a beautiful school where so many amazing people have come before you...hallowed ground idea. Techie: IT'S FREE, YOU HAVE THE HONOR OF SERVING YOUR COUNTRY, AND YOU HAVE A JOB WITH MINIMAL TO NO DEBT OUT OF COLLEGE.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    any with ambition to become a military officer

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont wait too late to apply!

    In three sentences

    Great School!

  • 06/08/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    10 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    No tuition in exchange for 5 years of service. AWESOME

    Food and Dining

    Food is excellent. I loved it when I was there

    Dorm Life

    Decent dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Gives you an Ivy League Education