U.S. Naval Academy Admissions Statistics

Learn About Annapolis and the GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores You'll Need

Annapolis - United States Naval Academy
Annapolis - United States Naval Academy. Michael Bentley / Flickr

With a 9% acceptance rate, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis is extremely selective. The application is different from many other schools: students must be nominated in order to continue their application. Nominations can come from senators, congress people, current naval officers, or veterans.

Applicants must submit scores from the SAT or ACT, and there are several other components to the Annapolis application including a medical exam, a fitness assessment, a personal interview, and several forms.

Why You Might Choose the United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, the United States Naval Academy, is one of the most selective colleges in the country. All costs are covered, and students receive benefits and a modest monthly salary. Upon graduation, all students have a five-year active duty obligation. Some officers pursuing aviation will have longer requirements. Located in Maryland, the Annapolis campus is an active naval base. Athletics are important at the Naval Academy, and the school competes in the NCAA Division I Patriot League. Popular sports include football, basketball, rowing, and lacrosse.

Military academies are not for everyone, but for the right student, Annapolis can be an excellent choice. The academy earned a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, and the school is among the top Maryland colleges and top Middle Atlantic colleges.

Annapolis GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Annapolis GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Annapolis GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Discussion of Annapolis's Admissions Standards

The United States Naval Academy is one of the country's most selective colleges. Successful applicants will need grades and standardized test scores that are above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of students who got in had grades in the "A" range, combined SAT scores above 1200 (RW + M), and ACT composite scores above 25. The higher those grades and test scores, the better your chance of admission.

Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Annapolis did not get accepted. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Annapolis has holistic admissions, and the admissions folks are evaluating much more than numerical data. Annapolis looks at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. The academy requires all candidates to interview and pass a physical fitness assessment. Winning candidates typically show leadership potential, interesting extracurricular involvement, and athletic ability. Finally, unlike any civilian colleges, Annapolis requires all applicants to be nominated by a member of congress. A student could have a 4.0 GPA and perfect SAT scores yet still be rejected if some of these other areas are weak.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • Annapolis Acceptance Rate: 9%

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 570 / 680
  • SAT Math: 610 / 700
  • ACT Composite: - / -
  • ACT English: 25 / 33
  • ACT Math: 26 / 32

More Annapolis Information

If you're thinking about attending the United States Military Academy, be sure to consider all aspects of the commitment from the service requirements to the financial benefits.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 4,528 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 74 percent male / 26 percent female
  • 100 percent full-time

Annapolis Costs and Financial Aid

The Navy pays for the tuition, room and board, and medical and dental care of Naval Academy midshipmen. This is in return for five years of active duty service upon graduation.

Midshipmen pay is $1027.20 monthly (as of 2017) but there are many deductions including fees for laundry, barber, cobbler, activities, yearbook and other services. The net cash pay is $100 per month the first year, which increases each year thereafter.

Cost-reducing perks include regular active-duty benefits such as access to military commissaries and exchanges, commercial transportation, and lodging discounts. Midshipmen can also fly (space-available) in military aircraft around the world.

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Aerospace Economics, Engineering, History, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Political Science, Systems Engineering. 
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Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Gymnastics, Basketball, Squash, Rowing, Lacrosse, Water Polo, Wrestling, Track and Field, Baseball, Swimming, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Rowing, Golf, Basketball, Track and Field, Swimming, Cross Country

If You Like Annapolis, You May Also Like These Schools

High-achieving applicants interested in Annapolis for its selectivity and academic rigor, with strong programs in the sciences and engineering, should also consider schools like Harvard UniversityCornell UniversityStanford UniversityDuke University, and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Virginia Military InstituteWest Point, the Air Force Academy, and The Citadel are all good options for those considering going to a college affiliated with a branch of the US military.

Data Sources: Graph is courtesy of Cappex; all other data is from the Annapolis website and the National Center for Educational Statistics.