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Reviews 125 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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2 College Junior

Overall Experience: The bonds you make with your classmates are extremely unique, due to the uniquely strange obstacles you'll hurdle together. Friends for life. You'll also make a fair bit of money for having a heartbeat. USNA offers a handful of remarkable summer trainings. Shoot, they'll fly you to San Diego if you're lucky. However, during the academic year (the majority of your college experience) your passions will most likely be exhausted by the monotony of it all. Prepare to have the once fiery flames of your soul be all but extinguished by the time you reach 2/C year. Don't say I didn't warn ya

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The only option besides the cafeteria (King Hall) for food is Drydock. It has ok food, but generally poor customer service.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I go to the United States Naval Academy. Being a military institution and a 4 year college, the restrictions can be burdensome, but the pride and satisfaction in hard work and serving makes it all worth the poor housing and limited social life off campus.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's fun, but it gets repetitive real fast.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: So a lot of people hate on King Hall, our cafeteria, but considering it feeds 4500 of us 3 times a day every day, it's not bad. The food isn't spectacular, but if you go hungry its your own dumb fault. There is always yogurt, cereal, soup, fruit, and other things you can go scavenge. And the age old favorite, peanut butter and jelly.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: We all have to live on campus here. It's just part of coming here. It's sort of like moving back in with your high school class.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: I don't know anyone who's openly liberal, atheist, homosexual, or Muslim. Individualism is literally a dirty word.

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1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls: You will be surrounded by driven, athletic, confident young Christian men who are literally not allowed to go out and get to know other girls except on weekends. Even if you aren't so attractive, you'll have a lot of competition for your attention without even trying. Just be careful about getting around too much, Navy gossip is like junior high gossip on speed.

Guys: Read above. Its a 5 to 1 guy to girl ratio. You were probably a big fish in your home pond. Well welcome to the ocean, 'lil fella. Even if you do find a girl who you get especially along with, she's probably busy doing homework/being hit on by other mids/fulfilling some ridiculous military obligation. And when she's free, any kind of romantic act on campus, yes even in the dorms, is an extremely grave violation of the conduct system. Fun fact: committed upperclassmen actually get thrown out for having sex in the hall. Fortunately, a mind-boggling amount of the students who attend USNA are either proud or closet virgins, and are content not knowing what they're missing. If you're interested in pretending to have a sex life, the uniform card can work pretty well on girls from other colleges. Too bad they're all at least 30 miles away, and you're not allowed to drive for your first two years.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Workload: Commonly known as the grind, because between military obligations and other mandatory things (lectures, sports, etc), most of your other conscious moments are spent doing school work. Literally.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most people here are pretty athletic. A lot of guys lift. There's decent pressure to be in shape. In fact, because of this service academy mids and cadets are uniquely at a higher risk of eating disorders compared to the average college student. The admin takes the fun out a lot of the sporting events by making them mandatory. All home football games are mandatory, even for seniors.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Navy is an extremely financially sound decision, as you're being paid to attend, you're being covered by military healthcare, and you're receiving countless other perks and free stuffs. While you won't pay a single dime, you are literally gambling as a 20 year old your life until you're at least 27! After sophomore year, Navy owns you. If you're caught not upholding their unrealistic standards, you're discharged with a bill for $250k! You don't even find out what your job will be until after you're contractually obligated to the military. If you didn't like you're first deployment and want to get out, that's tough luck. I'd advise you look up the declining junior officer retention rates to get an idea of how realistic the prospect is of you not enjoying your time in the military, and why having the option to quit is a luxury we're not afforded.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are solid here. Professors are required to be available, so if you fail a course you weren't trying hard enough. You'll be taking core courses all four years, and you're pretty much locked into your major as soon as you declare as a second semester freshman, which is interesting because students aren't provided the opportunity to experience their major courses until sophomore year. If you're sure about what you want to do, have an unwavering work-hard attitude, and don't mind not having too much freedom to explore, you'll be able to justify managing the relentless busywork that the academy throws your way. You'll leave with a reputable education, but make sure that what YOU want to study lines up with what the NAVY wants you to study. They're out to graduate the majority of the class as warfare officers, not doctors, scholars, or lawyers.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You live in the same hallway of the same dorm all four years. You'll never have a kitchen or your own toilet, though you do get a shower to share with your roommates. Doors are not allowed to be locked during the day. You can never bring civilians into the dorm, and you must have the door open at all times if members of the opposite sex are present unless you want to risk major conduct action.

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1 College Sophomore

Administration: There's a large amount of frustration derived from the fact that, despite being entrusted with the lives of your sailors and marines immediately following graduation, it seems the administration hardly trusts you to lead most parts of your own life. If you don't mind being a 22-year old senior who: still lives in a freshman dorm, has their attendance ritually taken before every meal, has a legitimate daily midnight curfew, can only leave campus on weekends (if you're SAT in all areas), and who has to route paperwork up to officers and other midshipmen students (!?) every time you're allotted vacation, then you won't mind having your hand held by the military bureaucracy that is USNA. If you consider yourself as someone who enjoys being spontaneous and independent, look elsewhere.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Typical college as far as a military school can be typical.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: We are all required to participate in either a varsity sport, club sport or intramural sport. Sports are part of our training

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: It is what would be expected from a military academy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: We all live in one dorm based on company so it all depends on company.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The Naval Academy is a full ride for everyone who comes here.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Many actions are taken to prevent sexual assault and overall general safety on the yard.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Annapolis is a small city that is easy to access since it is right outside the gate. Washington D.C. and Baltimore are also easy to get to. The citizens of Annapolis are all very friendly and supportive of the Academy.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: They really do care about the mids but sometimes they can be very, very strict. (almost like we're in the military or something)

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: 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.

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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.

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