United States Naval Academy Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (9)
The United States Naval Academy is not a place for the feint hearted, as the institutions ultimate goal is to produce leaders within the Navy and Marine Corps. The institution is academically similar to an ivy league, with the exception that one is also expected to play a sport and hold leadership positions along the way. This is a leadership school where you will fail at some point within your four years here, but along the way you will learn valuable lessons on why you failed and how to not make the same mistake. As a result, you will become stronger. The Naval Academy's academic programs are most certainly rigorous as shown by the fact that students are required to complete at around 140 credit hours in four years, no exceptions. Athletically, the Naval Academy is a D1 school, and has every sport from rugby to track to football. The sky is the limit and should the school not have your sport, then start a club and have at it. Unlike any other university, upon graduating from the Naval Academy, one is guaranteed a job that carries a five year commitment. Once your five years of obligated service are up, you may chose to leave the military and pursue a civilian career. When considering whether or not to leave the military, the Naval Academy has a vast alumni network there to help support you no matter if you are still serving or not. Arguably, the Naval Academy has one of the strongest alumni networks in existence that is willing to lend you a hand at any step in life. This is not a school for those that are on the fence about the military. This is an institution only for those students wanting to receive an Ivy League education knowing they want to serve as military officers within the Navy or Marine Corps. This is an institution where you must be prepared to serve in both times of peace and war. Earning a degree here is a bonus that will set your future for the remainder of your life.
The United States Naval Academy is an outstanding military institution that combines a rich history in service with academic excellence. Students have the opportunity to study under professors at the top of their field in engineering and government based disciplines, while being challenged in extracurricular ways that promote personal growth and leadership development. Academics are very challenging and military lifestyle may seem relentless and overwhelming at times. However, the school is dedicated to each student's success and development as a naval officer. A fantastic career opportunity awaits at graduation for students willing to dedicate themselves and accept the challenge.
Although it's difficult to get into USNA, I really enjoyed my time there and all the experiences and opportunities that I got while attending! I loved my professors and the political science program, the networking opportunities and the friends that I made. You are required to serve in the US Navy or Marine Corps upon graduation but I wouldn't trade any of the experiences I had. Overall, I'd highly recommend this prestigious institution!
The experiences and value from this institution cannot be beat. You will have unique experiences your friends in regular colleges will not have, and national leaders will constantly come speak. You will receive a (very small) salary, not pay tuition, and, most importantly, you will receive the privilege of leading our country's young men and women in the Navy or Marine Corps after you graduate. However, you must realize you will not have the traditional college experience. Additionally, there will be a stigma from some that you come from privilege, whether you do or not. But you will realize that many of your fellow students did. As someone who did not come from privilege, this took some getting used to.
College was a necessary experience to gain the knowledge I needed to excel in my job and the military. USNA allowed me to do this and mature at the same time to be able to take on my Officer role immediately. A top tier education and I get to do what I love.
"The toughest place in the world to be, but the best place in the world to be from." The combination of an applied engineering experience with a liberal arts approach (teaching us how to learn, not what to think) provided more than any other college could have. I transferred to the Naval Academy from another elite college after one year and I could not have been happier with my decision. I learned far more in my four years at Annapolis than I ever could have at another school. The Academy provided me with purpose, meaning, hard skills, soft skills, and a cadre of peers whose loyalty supersedes that of any civilian institution. I would not trade my time by the Severn River for anything!
The Academy prepared me for a challenging and interesting life. Aside from the suppurb academics, the Academy prepared me to compete in the world through instilling in me leadership, integrity, loyalty, and drive. Almost 50 years after graduation, I still benefit from the values and education I received at this Institution. It was a tough place to succedd at, but the experience has helped me endure throughout my life.
Wonderful education that covered so much--ironically, far broader in scope than a traditional "liberal arts" education. I work completely out of the academic major and warfare specialty I studied and trained for at Navy, but the habits, confidence, and leadership learned there have served me very well. In my current field, I'm in frequent contact with grads from the other Top 5 schools and I'd stack Navy up against any one of them.
It is a $61 million annual industry to headhunt service academy grads, and more USNA grads have held C-suite seats than the other schools. I'm proud of my school, and will continue to hire USNA grads every chance I get. See you at MOJO and SACC, and GO NAVY!