4000 Midshipmen are enrolled at the U.S. Naval Academy. The Naval Academy is located in the Historic District of Annapolis, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay.
Every midshipman's academic program begins with a core curriculum that includes courses in engineering, science, mathematics, humanities, and social science. The Academy offers 18 majors and an honors program.
Athletics: The Naval Academy offers 18 men’s, 8 women’s, and 3 co-ed varsity sports.
History: Founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, the Academy started as the Naval School on 10 acres of old Fort Severn in Annapolis. In 1850, the Naval School became the United States Naval Academy. Congress authorized the Naval Academy to begin awarding Bachelor of Science degrees in 1933. The Naval Academy first accepted women as midshipmen in 1976, when Congress authorized the admission of women to all of the service academies.
Attractions: Armel-Leftwich Visitors Center, Naval Academy Tours, The Ship-building Museum, Chapel, Herndon Monument, Crypt of John Paul Jones, Statue of Tecumseh.
Parking: There is no civilian parking permitted on the Naval Academy grounds. Visitors may park at the Navy/Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and take a free shuttle to the Naval Academy.
The historic U.S. Naval Academy Chapel at the center of the Yard – and its landmark dome – are symbolic of the vital role that moral and spiritual guidance plays in shaping Midshipmen into naval officers. The Chapel houses the tomb of John Paul Jones.