Posted by: Jacqui Murray | August 7, 2009

What You Might Not Know About the USNA

This is a collection of facts I’ve accumulated about the USNA.DSCN7610

  • Ever wonder what the real cost is to put a Midshipmen or Cadet through a Service Academy?

USNA: $275K
USAFA: $322K
USMA: $349K

The biggest reason for the difference is not due to the quality of the education, but rather, the amount  it’s the amount of land and property the other two Service Academies have to maintain.

  • USNA has a 78%-80% graduation rate.
  • USNA has more student athletes, and less square footage for sports, compared to the other Service Academies.
  • Student/faculty ratio: 7 :1
  • Athletics: Member NCAA, All Division I, except football (Division I-A)

Intramural sports: basketball M/W, football M/W, lacrosse M(c), racquetball M/W, sailing M/W, skiing beatarmy2(cross-country) M(c)/W(c), soccer M/W, softball M/W, volleyball M/W, weight lifting M/W
Intercollegiate sports: baseball M, basketball M/W, cheerleading M/W, crew M/W, cross-country running M/W, golf M, gymnastics M/W(c), ice hockey M(c), lacrosse M/W(c), riflery M/W, rugby M(c)/W(c), sailing M/W, skiing (downhill) M(c)/W(c), soccer M/W, softball W(c), squash M, swimming M/W, tennis M/W(c), track and field M/W, volleyball M(c)/W, water polo M, weight lifting M(c)/W(c), wrestling M

  • The average SAT score is approximately 1300.
  • 81 percent of the midshipmen attending the Naval Academy were in the top fifth of their high school class.
  • 87 percent were varsity athletes in high school and 85 percent were letter winners
  • 27 percent served as high school president or vice president
  • The Princeton Review (varies slightly yearly) ranked the Naval Academy:halvorson04

o No. 1 for accessibility of professors
o No. 4 on the “stone-cold sober” list (opposite of party school)
o No. 7 for toughest to get in to
o No. 7 for highest number of study hours put in by students
o No. 8 for its smooth running administration
o No. 20 best overall academic experience

  • U.S. News and World Report Magazine’s college ranking placed USNA number six on its list of top engineering schools in the nation.
  • A third of the Brigade are varsity athletes and represent the Naval Academy in NCAA Division I sports…while carrying 18-21 credit hours of highly technical engineering, science and math core curriculum.
  • 26 percent of Flag Officers in the Navy, and 32 percent of General Officers in the Marine Corps were Varsity athletes at USNA.
  • 78 percent of our NCAA Division I varsity athletes graduate in four years. The most recent national collegiate varsity athlete graduation rate is 58 percent…in six years.

Jacqui Murray is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, an ISTE article reviewer, a weekly contributor to Write Anything and mother of a Naval Officer and an Army grunt. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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