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, these schools grant full tuition in exchange for a period of service commitment.

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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 a fully-funded tuition that includes books, board and medical and dental care.

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 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 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 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 Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Phone Number

800-883-8724

Total Enrollment

1,000

Admissions Per Year

300

% Female

36%

Merchant Marine 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

Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets

Phone Number

800-826-8247

Total Enrollment

2,530

% Female

15%

Norwich University Norwich University

Phone Number

802-485-2000

Total Enrollment

1,524

% Female

16%

Virginia Military Institute Virginia Military Institute

Phone Number

540-231-6000

Total Enrollment

1,713

% Female

11.4%

The Citadel The Citadel

Phone Number

843-225-3294

Total Enrollment

2,291

% Female

7%

Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets

Phone Number

540-231-6000

Total Enrollment

1,093

% Female

16.5%

University of North Georgia University of North Georgia

Phone Number

888-413-9366

Total Enrollment

772

% Female

17%

Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership

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

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Phone Number

508-830-5000

Total Enrollment

1,571

% Female

13%

Great Lakes Maritime Academy Great Lakes Maritime Academy

Phone Number

877-824-7447

Total Enrollment

205

% Female

5.8%

Maine Maritime Academy Maine Maritime Academy

Phone Number

800-464-6565

Total Enrollment

608

% Female

7.9%

California State University Maritime Academy California State University Maritime Academy

Phone Number

707-654-1000

Total Enrollment

1,107

% Female

17%

State University of New York Maritime College State University of New York Maritime College

Phone Number

718-409-7200

Total Enrollment

1,850

% Female

13%

Texas A&M Maritime Academy Texas A&M Maritime Academy

Phone Number

409-740-4706

Total Enrollment

609

% Female

8%