U.S. Naval Academy: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The United States Naval Academy is a federal service academy with an acceptance rate of 8.5%. The U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis is highly selective, and the application process is different from many other schools. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including U.S. citizenship, age, and marital status. Students who meet eligibility requirements can submit a preliminary application which will determine if they are competitive to become an Official Candidate for admission. Applicants must also receive a nomination from a senator, member of Congress, current naval officer, or veteran. Other components to the Annapolis application include a medical exam, a fitness assessment, and a personal interview.

Considering applying to the U.S. Naval Academy? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

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.
  • 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.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, the U.S. Naval Academy had an acceptance rate of 8.5%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 8 students were admitted, making Navy's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 16,086
Percent Admitted 8.5%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 88%

SAT Scores and Requirements

The United States Naval Academy requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 58% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 620 760
Math 620 760
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Annapolis' admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Annapolis scored between 620 and 760, while 25% scored below 620 and 25% scored above 760. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 620 and 760, while 25% scored below 620 and 25% scored above 760. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1520 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Requirements

Annapolis does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that the U.S. Naval Academy participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

The United States Naval Academy requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 74% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 26 32
Math 27 32

This admissions data tells us that most of Annapolis' admitted students fall within the top 18% nationally on the English portion of the ACT, and within the top 15% nationally on the math portion. The middle 50% of students admitted to Annapolis received an English score between 26 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 26. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 27 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 27.

Requirements

The U.S. Naval Academy does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Annapolis superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

The U.S. Naval Academy does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs; however, the admissions office indicates that successful applicants tend to rank in the top 20% of their graduating class.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Annapolis Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Annapolis Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the United States Naval Academy. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The United States Naval Academy is one of the country's most selective colleges with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, Annapolis has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. The U.S. Naval Academy looks at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. The academy requires all candidates to complete an interview and pass a physical fitness assessment. Winning candidates typically demonstrate leadership potential, meaningful extracurricular involvement, and athletic ability.

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.

Tuition Costs and Benefits

The Navy pays 100% of 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 after deductions for laundry, barber, cobbler, activities, yearbook, and other services the net cash pay is $100 per month the first year, with 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.

If You Like Annapolis, You May Also Like These Schools

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