Annapolis, MD
United States Naval Academy


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Recent Reviews

Alexander
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Its a military academy. I'm going to be an officer in the United States Navy upon graduation. The academic opporotunities are...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Its a military academy. I'm going to be an officer in the United States Navy upon graduation. The academic opporotunities are the same if not better at USNA than at the schools I was looking at for engineering.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't expect it to be easy, BUT know that you can do it. Every year almost 1000 people finish their four years at USNA and recieve commissions. It is completely doable. Don't be worried about water polo or swimming owning your life, it is very possible to succeed academically while competing to at the highest levels for your school. Enjoy the little things in life, because you will be so busy at times that those are the only things you'll get. While other times you'll get to experience some really unique things that the Navy does. Be open to making friends immediately. From I-Day onwards, your classmates will be your path to success. The friends you make here and the bonds you form will be the strongest ones in your life and will last forever. That said, if you have found the right person already and they are willing to spend time away from you, it is possible to keep a significant other all four years. Its called the 2% club, its hard, but like anything here, its possible. That phrase sums up the Naval Academy: if you want it enough, anything is possible here.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who isn't motivated and someone who is really lazy. If you're looking for a party every day don't expect that here. We have fun on the weekends though.

Matt
Describe the students at your school.

Motivated, hard working, goal oriented and team players.

Describe the students at your school.

Motivated, hard working, goal oriented and team players.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students need to pick the college best fit for them. It shouldn't matter where a student's parents want him to go, it should be up to the student. If the parents pick for him, the student will always be asking what if and never be truly happy. Once a student gets to college, he needs to find his niche and stick with it. Regardless of whether the student is attending a party school or a military school, life is definitely going to be different than anything he has ever experienced. The student needs to not get caught up in all of college's extracurricular activities. Sure he should be able to go out and have fun, but he should always remember the reason he is attending college, to get an education.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

All of the rules tend to make some people cynical.

Jordan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the ?right college? is a clandestine term; for some right may mean affordable and for others it may mean carrying on a family legacy. I offer my advice coming from someone who made their own decision against their parents. I attend the United States Naval Academy and chose to transfer from another university. My parents enjoyed the fact that I was close to home and relatively safe. My dream, ever since I was in 8th grade, was to attend the Naval Academy. I was denied the first time I applied, but I chose to reapply my freshman year in college in 2007. I was accepted in 2008 and finished my first year in 2009. Coming from a very liberal family, the military holds a negative stigma in my house. My parents were unsure as to why I made this decision and disagreed, but I have never felt better about myself. Following my own heart and mind was the best thing I ever did and I would suggest that to any student. To the parents: let your children decide for themselves, it is the first major step in their lives and they should make it on their own.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Driven, motivated, disciplined

Warren
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

USNA provides tough, but manageable physical, moral, and academic work, through which you build yourself into a competent hum...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

USNA provides tough, but manageable physical, moral, and academic work, through which you build yourself into a competent human being and develop relationships that never die.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When choosing the college, focus on the atmosphere. How do the students interact with each other? How are the classes structured? I like organization and structure, so I chose the Naval Academy. I like how people here depend on each other and I like how working this way will make me a better person. When at college, your attitude will determine your experience. Make the most of every opportunity and dont let yourself become frustrated with anything. I'm in an environment in which I have very little control, but I make the most of everything with a smile on my face. It is because of this that I loved my experience thus far in a college that I easily could've become cynical and unhappy with my life. Attitude is everything.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

How little control you ahve over the big picture. You have to learn to control yourself as best you can and go with the flow. Adapt.

Pat
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best way for me to figure out what I thought of the campus I was visiting was to pay attention to how people interacted w...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best way for me to figure out what I thought of the campus I was visiting was to pay attention to how people interacted with each other. Admissions will give you a planned and rehearsed presentation. That is all well and good, but does not always give the true feeling of the school. Take the time to wander around campus and just observe how people treat each other, are they happy, are they talking or are they walking with their head down and Ipod in? All of these things reflect the atmosphere of the school. Lastly, Do Not go to a school to please anyone but yourself. Otherwise, you will not do well and probably wont last.

What's unique about your campus?

The opportunities it provides.

Kwesi
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The Naval Academy is very challenging morally, mentally, and physically.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The Naval Academy is very challenging morally, mentally, and physically.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Really take the time and make the effort to visit school you want to attend. Especially if it is a service academy, take the time to ask questions and dig around. Do not just be "wowed" by the nice building and scenery. Grab an enrolled student or alumni and really get to know what's going on at the school. Take a tour or even spend the night one weekend and see if it is everything you want. As far as the student-athlete making a choice. Make sure the program is everything the coaches are selling to you. Talk to players on the team, and inquire the about their daily routine. Are they able to get an adequate amount of rest? Are they able to get their work done? Talk all this over with your parents, counselor, and maybe even your friends. Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions of your life, so make sure you make the right choice the first time.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would have known all the rules and restrictions on students before I came. Recruiting coaches do not tell you about those.

Montika
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college is hard work and you should really and trully visit the campuses and research the schools. It's not...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college is hard work and you should really and trully visit the campuses and research the schools. It's nothing like paying all this money for education but not get what you was looking for. Students and parents should take their time and know that this decision is for the next for years of their lives and they would want to make the right one. Students should know that college is definately for getting the degree for a great career , but students should take advantage of all the extracurricular activites around campus. Going to college is not just about the classroom, students should socialize and network with others, and just enjoy the college experience.

What's unique about your campus?

The diversity of the people and different activities all around campus.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

How much it cost to attend and the fact that tuition and fees are rising.

Katie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Academic excellence. Supreme physical fitness. Military greatness. Comraderie. Unbeatable football. Producing leaders and co...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Academic excellence. Supreme physical fitness. Military greatness. Comraderie. Unbeatable football. Producing leaders and commissioned officers in the US Navy to protect and defend the USA.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

For undergraduate, building a pedigree doesn't matter. Get your 4 year college educ ation at the lowest price or with as many scholarships as you can. Then for your graduate degree, work on a prestigious place. There are so many people who waste $40k a year at these ridiculously expensive colleges just so they get a fancy piece of paper with their name on it and a pile of debt the size of Texas. Put the study hours in and you won't be let down. Use your friends as study aides. Be courteous to your roommate. Be mindful with your money, join the military (it's great), call your parents every weekend, don't drink too much, if you cheat, may you cheat death. If you steal, may you steal a woman's heart. If you fight, may you fight for a brother. And if you drink, drink to the night. Cheers! Long live college life!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The way they treat women. The lack of creativity and allowance for growing up. We live in this giant bubble that doesn't allow college-life to actually set in. The rules are so strict, and i understand they're there for a reason, but they promote unhealthy behaviour such as binge drinking, sexual acts, etc.

Alex
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all, before you even begin to visit colleges and take tours, sit down either by yourself or with your parents, and g...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all, before you even begin to visit colleges and take tours, sit down either by yourself or with your parents, and get a general idea of what YOU want. Do you want a small school or a large school? Are you planning on studying humanities or math and science? What do you want to do after college? Then, once you have an idea of what you want, go to colleges and ask questions! But don't really pay attention to what the tour guides have to say. Try to talk to just regular students about what life is really like at the campus. Because tour guides and the "official" image of the school only ever show you the best parts of the school. Ask about the bad parts. Every school has them, and it's important for you to know all the facts. But bottom line, go with your gut and with what you want. You are the one who has to attend the college for 4 years, not your parents or friends. Do what you want.

What's unique about your campus?

The Naval Academy is a difficult school, academically, physically and morally. But if a person desires to become a military officer, then the hard work is worth it, because of the excellent people one will meet at school. Almost everyone at school wants to serve their country and do something good with their life. Students at the Naval Academy will undoubtably make friends for life. The school is also completely free for everyone, and everyone is guaranteed a job after graduation as a military officer.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone who wants to be a military officer and to get a free education. Someone focused on what he/she wants out of life. Honestly anyone even with average intelligence and average physical fitness can make it through the academy, but that person has to want to finish it, and be willing to put some effort into it. The ultimate goal of the Naval Academy is to become a military officer. Grades are important, but getting good grades does not necessarily create a good officer. John McCain graduated close to the bottom of his class at the Academy.

Mark
Describe the students at your school.

Motivated, selfless, confident, patriotic, honest, caring, perfectionists

Describe the students at your school.

Motivated, selfless, confident, patriotic, honest, caring, perfectionists

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find a college that mirrors the person you are and what you want in life. Don't settle for the expectations of parents, friends, and the aspects of a college that don't define you. Pick the school that you want for yourself and the school you want for the right reasons. Remember to think about your future beyond college in your decision and make, probably, the first most important decision of your life. Most of all, find a college that will develop you in the ways in which you see your future self when you look in the mirror.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

How demanding my first year was and how much I've learned because of it.

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