Education & Training

Military Schools

The Military offers unique educational opportunities for students who plan to pursue a college degree. These options — service academies, senior military colleges and maritime academies — offer world-class education and a deeper understanding of military culture. In addition, most of these schools grant scholarship money in exchange for a period of service.

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Service Academies

For students who want to experience a military environment while getting a first-class education, the five service academies offer an outstanding education and full four-year scholarships. Tuition, books, board and medical and dental care are all fully paid for all four years.

The competition to get in is fierce. Admissions criteria include:

  • High school academic performance
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Athletics and extracurricular activities
  • Leadership experience and community involvement
  • A congressional letter of recommendation (not required by the Coast Guard Academy)

Graduates of all academies receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as officers in their respective Service branches. After graduation, they are obligated to serve a minimum of five years.

Service Academies by the Numbers

Army

U.S. Military Academy

Phone Number

845-938-4041

Total Enrollment

4,400

Admissions Per Year

1,300

% Female

20%

Navy and Marine Corps

U.S. Naval Academy

Phone Number

410-293-1858

Total Enrollment

4,474

Admissions Per Year

1,178

% Female

25.7%

Air Force

U.S. Air Force Academy

Phone Number

800-443-9266

Total Enrollment

4,051

Admissions Per Year

1,226

% Female

23.3%

Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Phone Number

800-883-8724

Total Enrollment

1,000

Admissions Per Year

300

% Female

36%

Merchant Marine

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Phone Number

516-726-5800

Total Enrollment

908

Admissions Per Year

279

% Female

17%

Senior Military Colleges

Similar to service academies, senior military colleges (SMCs) offer a combination of higher education and military instruction. They are among the most prestigious and famous education institutions in the world, and they offer financial aid packages for eligible students. Every SMC cadet must participate in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, but only those cadets who receive an ROTC scholarship are required to enter military service following graduation.

Senior Military Colleges by the Numbers

Phone Number

800-826-8247

Total Enrollment

2,530

% Female

15%

Phone Number

802-485-2000

Total Enrollment

1,524

% Female

16%

Phone Number

540-231-6000

Total Enrollment

1,713

% Female

11.4%

Phone Number

843-225-3294

Total Enrollment

2,291

% Female

7%

Phone Number

540-231-6000

Total Enrollment

1,093

% Female

16.5%

Phone Number

888-413-9366

Total Enrollment

772

% Female

17%

Phone Number

540-887-7042

Total Enrollment

100

% Female

100%

Maritime Academies

An additional option for students is a maritime academy. The United States Merchant Marine is the fleet of civilian-owned merchant ships that carry cargo and passengers on behalf of the United States. In times of war, the Merchant Marine is an auxiliary to the Navy and can be called upon to transport service members and supplies for the Military.

Maritime academies produce shipboard officers for vessels integral to shipping and transportation needs, but a service commitment is not always required.

Maritime Academies by the Numbers

Phone Number

508-830-5000

Total Enrollment

1,571

% Female

13%

Phone Number

877-824-7447

Total Enrollment

205

% Female

5.8%

Phone Number

800-464-6565

Total Enrollment

608

% Female

7.9%

Phone Number

707-654-1000

Total Enrollment

1,107

% Female

17%

Phone Number

718-409-7200

Total Enrollment

1,850

% Female

13%

Phone Number

409-740-4706

Total Enrollment

609

% Female

8%

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