Annapolis, MD
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Reviews 113 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Annapolis is a really nice place to visit, it is not a nice place to live. The streets are incredibly small and crowded and there is minimal parking. But there are plenty of things to do and places to see. Baltimore and DC are a thirty minute drive away.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: People from all kinds of backgrounds and upbringings come here. Discrimination of any kind is not allowed in the Navy and so it is not allowed here, so everyone is tolerant. There is a good mix of diversity in religion, ethnicity, economic background, politics and sexual orientation. And there are clubs/groups for most.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: BWI is a 20 minute drive away. If you can find a ride from someone or your sponsor family can take you, its great. If not, you'll have to shell out around $50 for a cab. The nearest Amtrak train stop is at BWI too. There's a free shuttle bus in downtown Annapolis, but you have to pay to take a bus to the nearby mall. Most stuff in Annapolis is within walking distance of the main gate though. Most upperclass will give you a ride if you need one.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: This is a military school. You can't bring non-mids into the dorms, you can't drink in your dorms, you can't have sex in the dorms. Drug use is not permitted ever, and attendance at class is mandatory. You will be held to an honor code and will be punished if you violate it. Parking on campus is only permitted for the seniors, and you aren't supposed to drive a car until you're a junior, but even then you have to find parking out in town (you can park at the football stadium for a nominal fee). If you break the rules, you get in trouble and have to stand restriction (you can't leave campus at all).

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The Naval Academy is a military base, so there are US Navy cops that control access on and off the yard. I feel very safe going to school here. Only mids, those they accompany, and military/staff members can get on the yard after public visiting hours. The health center is top-notch but usually always backlogged and sometimes fickle. You're expected to self medicate for a lot, and that can be annoying, but if you're in trouble medically, you have access to Bethesda for care.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Annapolis has a lot of great options within a 15 minute walk of the main gate. Its pricey though and you don't make a lot of money as a mid, so you can quickly spend all your money if you're not careful. There are plenty of options to choose from though.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Varsity sports are big here, and mids are required to attend every home football game, some basketball games and usually a lacrosse game. There is a culture of varsity vs non-varsity athletes here, and usually varsity athletes get out of a lot of mandatory activities due to their sport commitments, so naturally this causes a rift between the two. The teams do well, and generally mids support their friends and athletic teams. The facilities are awesome, but once the sports team come to practice, they kick everyone else out.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: The Navy and Naval Academy have a ZERO tolerance policy for illegal drugs, and even legal drugs that you aren't prescribed (aka Oxy). You will be drug tested several times a year at random. If you get caught drinking underage, you will get in serious trouble and not be able to leave campus for a while. To make up for the campus being dry, a lot of students get really drunk on the weekends and stumble back to their room. But other then that, you'll never have to worry about drugs.

2 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: The campus is dry and there are never parties on campus. There are some events where you can have beer if you're 21. As you advance years, you get more liberty and can go out and drink in town. But even if you're 21 your freshman year, you cannot drink unless you're on break. Downtown Annapolis has a lot of great bars, but they are also pretty overpriced. Baltimore and DC are nearby, but not by public transportation, you need a ride. UMD, Hopkins and some other schools aren't very far away either.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Your opportunities for internships are really good. Just make sure you have a good GPA and are doing well in your military aspects, because selection is competitive and ranked. But generally speaking, there are plenty of opportunities for internships within your major, and plenty of internships that accept students regardless of majors. Your summer will also be filled with training, which is almost like an "internship" in the military.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The Naval Academy has its ups and downs, you'll have a love/hate relationship with it. But it gives you great exposure to the different career paths in the Navy or Marine Corps and helps prepare you to choose what you want to do.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The Naval Academy has a top notch academic program. Your classes are challenging and competitive with Ivy league schools. However, with the large core curriculum (you graduate with a Bachelor of Science regardless of your major, humanities or not) there isn't a lot of freedom for electives. And anyone who doesn't major in a STEM related area, has to take a language. The engineering program is really challenging but is also one of the best in the country.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather in Annapolis is pretty cold in the winter and really hot and humid in the summer. The dorms have heating and A/C, and while the heating works well, the A/C usually doesn't. It can get unbearably hot in the hall during the warmer months.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: You can always eat in King Hall (cafeteria) every meal. Then there's the Steerage restaurant in Bancroft Hall. The food is good, but the lines are always long and the its extremely overpriced (and you can only use it after Freshman or Plebe year). Then there's the Drydock restaurant in Dahlgren Hall on campus. But again, the line are usually long and the food is overpriced, but its still usually better than King Hall.

College Senior

Campus Strictness: it is the most extreme. we live on a military base, all entrances are at gates protected by armed guards, to get in you have to show ID, gates are only open at certain hours. Rules about social behavior are also exceedingly strict and 100% enforced. Same with academics. You can be a varsity star athlete but if your academics fall below satisfactory at 6, 12 or 18 week points, you cannot play. Period. There is absolutely no drugs or alcohol on campus at all. The honor code is elaborate and strictly enforced.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: its the perfect fit only for those who want to become a leader.

5 College Senior

Athletics: almost everyone plays a sport. it is an integral part of your life at the academy. fan support is the best you will find anywhere. school spirit is also the best. even if you dont ant to participate, you will. and you will love it. the athletic facilities are the best-period.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: it is not allowed and therefore non-existent.

College Senior

Majors: it is easy in the sense that if you want it, they make it work. you have a dedicated counselor that works with you individually. Majors range from English to all forms of Engineering!

5 College Senior

Majors: It is only for the best and the brightest and the dedicated and hard working. I enjoy my aero engineering major, but it a hellacious amount of late nights and all-consuming hard work. I have enjoyed unparalleled internship opportunities, the facilities are the very best, the professors are incredible, the workload is almost superhuman, and it is extreme.

3 College Senior

Weather: snow days are FUN, but as we live on campus, many times we still go to class! we have extreme weather (snow, flooding, earthquakes)

5 College Senior

Facilities: summer training blocks allow you to explore the world, you make friends here that last a life time, being a part of the legacy that came before is an honor, we have the most unique celebrations (Sea Trials, Herndon, Commissioning, PArent Weekends)

5 College Senior

Academics: it is exceedingly rigorous but worth it!


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