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 percent 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, congresspersons, 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 the United States Naval Academy?

  • Location: Annapolis, Maryland
  • Campus Features: The Annapolis campus is an active naval base with a waterfront location on the Severn River. St. John's College sits just a block away.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1
  • Athletics: The Navy Midshipmen compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference and Patriot League.
  • Highlights: Annapolis is one of the most selective colleges in the country, and all costs are covered because of the five-year active duty obligation upon graduation. The school ranks among the top Maryland colleges and top Middle Atlantic colleges.

Annapolis Admissions Standards 2017-18

For the 2017-18 admissions cycle, the United States Naval Academy had an acceptance rate of just 8 percent. Standardized test scores tend to be well above average as the score percentiles below illustrate.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 560 680
Math 590 690
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

An average SAT score is a little over 500 for each section, so you can see that nearly all Annapolis students have above-average scores.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 25 34
Math 26 32

Average ACT scores are around 21, so here again Annapolis students tend to be well above average.

Annapolis GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph

Annapolis GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Annapolis GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The GPA and standardized test score data in the graph was self-reported by Annapolis applicants. GPAs are unweighted. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting into Annapolis with a free account at 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 here, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of students who were accepted had grades in the "A" range, combined SAT scores above 1200 (ERW + M), and ACT composite scores above 25. The higher those grades and test scores, the better the 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 were not 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.

More Annapolis Information

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

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total enrollment: 4,495 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender breakdown: 73 percent male / 27 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 for Naval Academy midshipmen. This is in return for five years of active-duty service upon graduation.

Midshipmen pay is $1,087.80 monthly (as of 2018) 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. 
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, sprint football, squash, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, water polo, wrestling
  • Women's sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball
  • Combined sports: rifle, sailing

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.