United States Naval Academy Top Questions

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


Everything you need to know while at the Naval Academy will be taught to you during your freshman summer. The next four years will be a leadership laboratory where you will learn how to be a successful Naval Officer.


The inappropriate focus on athletics over academics.


How difficult balancing academics with all of the mandatory extracurricular activities would be. I knew it would be challenging, but I did not kow that averaging 4 hours of sleep a night during the weeks was a common occurence here.


I wish I would have known that the standards are much lower than they try to portray to the media and general public.


I wish I knew the best approach to the heavy load of reading and a sound strategy for managing the time provided to complete the requirements. Detailed consumption of all assigned reading is difficult to maintain over an extended period of time. A focused approach towards digging up the main ideas and themes is a better way to maximize reading time.


How hard the classes were going to be.


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


None. I was well prepared for attending the Academy.


how hard it really was


How busy my summers were going to be with training


I wish I had known more about the majors offered, and I wish I would have realized how much of a commitment it requires to go to the Naval Academy. I new it was a big commitment, but it turned out to be bigger than I thought it would be.


I think I knew as much as one reasonably could without experiencing the lifestyle in person.


During the first year you are not allowed to watch movies or listen to music.