United States Naval Academy

United States Naval Academy
USNA Gold Seal.png
MottoLatin: Ex Scientia Tridens
Motto in English
From Knowledge, Seapower
TypeU.S. service academy
Established10 October 1845 (1845-10-10)
Academic affiliations
APLU
SuperintendentVADM Sean S. Buck
USNA Class of 1983
DeanAndrew T. Phillips
Commandant of MidshipmenCAPT Thomas R. Buchanan
USNA Class of 1992
Academic staff
510
Students4,576 midshipmen
Location, ,
United States
CampusUrban – 338 acres (136.8 ha)
Fight songAnchors Aweigh
ColorsNavy blue      and gold     
NicknameMidshipmen
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IPatriot League
AAC CSFL EARC EIGL EIWA
Mascotwww.usna.edu
U.S. Naval Academy
United States Naval Academy is located in Maryland
United States Naval Academy
United States Naval Academy is located in the United States
United States Naval Academy
LocationMaryland Ave. and Hanover St., Annapolis, Maryland
Built1845 (1845)
ArchitectErnest Flagg
EngineerSeverud Associates
Architectural styleBeaux Arts[2]
NRHP reference #66000386[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP15 October 1966
Designated NHLD4 July 1961[3]

The United States Naval Academy (USNA, Annapolis, or simply Navy) is a federal service academy adjacent to Annapolis, Maryland. Established on 10 October 1845, under Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, it is the second oldest of the United States' five service academies, and educates officers for commissioning primarily into the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. The 338-acre (137 ha) campus is located on the former grounds of Fort Severn at the confluence of the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay in Anne Arundel County, 33 miles (53 km) east of Washington, D.C. and 26 miles (42 km) southeast of Baltimore. The entire campus (known to insiders as "the Yard") is a National Historic Landmark and home to many historic sites, buildings, and monuments. It replaced Philadelphia Naval Asylum, in Philadelphia, that served as the first United States Naval Academy from 1838 to 1845 when the Naval Academy formed in Annapolis.[4]

Candidates for admission generally must both apply directly to the academy and receive a nomination, usually from a Member of Congress. Students are officers-in-training and are referred to as midshipmen. Tuition for midshipmen is fully funded by the Navy in exchange for an active duty service obligation upon graduation. Approximately 1,200 "plebes" (an abbreviation of the Ancient Roman word plebeian) enter the Academy each summer for the rigorous Plebe Summer. About 1,000 midshipmen graduate. Graduates are usually commissioned as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps, but a small number can also be cross-commissioned as officers in other U.S. services, and the services of allied nations. The United States Naval Academy has some of the highest paid graduates in the country according to starting salary.[5] The academic program grants a bachelor of science degree with a curriculum that grades midshipmen's performance upon a broad academic program, military leadership performance, and mandatory participation in competitive athletics. Midshipmen are required to adhere to the academy's Honor Concept.

Rotunda steps leading to Memorial Hall

Other Navy schools

The Navy operates the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College separately. The Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), in Newport, Rhode Island, is the official prep school for the Naval Academy. The Naval Academy Foundation provides post-graduate high school education for a year of preparatory school before entering the academy for a very limited number of applicants. There are several preparatory schools and junior colleges throughout the United States that host this program.[6][clarification needed]

Other Languages
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Mornarička akademija u Annapolisu