Resources › For Students and Parents U.S. Military Academies College Admissions Information for the United States Military Academies Share Flipboard Email Print For Students and Parents College Admissions Choosing A College College Admissions Process College Profiles College Rankings Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated February 01, 2020 Military Academies in the United States offer an excellent option for students who are interested in serving their country and receiving a quality education at no cost. Students at these institutions typically receive free tuition, room, and board as well as a small stipend for expenses. All five of the undergraduate military academies have selective admissions, and all require at least five years of service upon graduation. These schools are not for everyone, but those with a desire to serve their country will receive an excellent education for free. 01 of 05 United States Air Force Academy - USAFA United States Air Force Academy. PhotoBobil / Flickr Although the Air Force Academy does not have the lowest acceptance rate of the military academies, it does have the highest admissions bar. Successful applicants will need grades and standardized test scores that are well above average. Location: Colorado Springs, ColoradoEnrollment: 4,338 (all undergraduate)Nomination Requirement: From a member of CongressService Requirement: Five years in the Air ForcePopular Majors: Business Administration, Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Behavioral Sciences, BiologyAthletics: NCAA Division I Mountain West ConferenceFor acceptance rates, test scores and other admissions data, see the Air Force Academy profile 02 of 05 United States Coast Guard Academy - USCGA USS Seawolf sails past the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Marion Doss / Flickr An impressive 80% of graduates from the Coast Guard Academy go on to graduate school, often funded by the Coast Guard. Graduates of USCGA receive commissions as ensigns and work for at least five years aboard cutters or in ports. Location: New London, ConnecticutEnrollment: 1,071 (all undergraduate)Nomination Requirement: None. Admissions are entirely merit-based.Service Requirement: 5 years in the Coast GuardPopular Majors: Civil Engineering, Business Administration, Political Science, Mechanical Engineering, Oceanography, Marine EngineeringAthletics: Division III except for Division I Rifle and PistolFor acceptance rates, test scores and other admissions data, see the Coast Guard Academy profile 03 of 05 United States Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Graduation. Kevin Kane / WireImage / Getty Images All students at USMMA train in fields related to transportation and shipping. Graduates have more options than those from other service academies. They can work five years in the U.S. maritime industry with eight years as a reserve officer in any branch of the armed forces. They also have the option of serving five years of active duty in one of the armed forces. Location: Kings Point, New YorkEnrollment: 1,015 (all undergraduate)Nomination Requirement: From a member of CongressService Requirement: At least 5 yearsPopular Majors: Marine Science, Naval Architecture, Systems EngineeringAthletics: Division IIIFor acceptance rates, test scores and other admissions data, see the Merchant Marine Academy profile 04 of 05 United States Military Academy at West Point West Point - The U.S. Military Academy. U.S. Army RDECOM / Flickr West Point is one of the most selective of the military academies. Graduates are given the rank of second lieutenant in the Army. Two U.S. presidents and numerous successful scholars and business leaders hail from West Point. Location: West Point, New YorkEnrollment: 4,589 (all undergraduate)Nomination Requirement: From a member of CongressService Requirement: 5 years in the Army; 3 years in the ReservesPopular Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Economics, Civil Engineering, Industrial Management, Business AdministrationAthletics: NCAA Division I Patriot LeagueFor acceptance rates, test scores and other admissions data, see the West Point profile 05 of 05 United States Naval Academy - Annapolis Annapolis - United States Naval Academy. Michael Bentley / Flickr Students at the Naval Academy are midshipmen who are on active duty in the Navy. Upon graduation, students receive commissions as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marines. Location: Annapolis, MarylandEnrollment: 4,512 (all undergraduate)Nomination Requirement: From a member of CongressService Requirement: 5 years or longerPopular Majors: Political Science, Oceanography, Economics, History, Mechanical Engineering, Systems EngineeringAthletics: NCAA Division I Patriot LeagueFor acceptance rates, test scores and other admissions data, see the Annapolis profile The appeal of a free education is obviously a big draw for these five excellent institutions, but they are not for everyone. The demands of both course work and training are rigorous, and matriculation does commit you to years of service upon graduation.