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.
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.
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.
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).
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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