The mission of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland is "to develop midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government." This is a tall order, but one that they have been successfully fulfilling for over 150 years.
The Naval Academy was founded in 1845 by the Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft, in what is now historic Annapolis, Maryland, on the banks of the Severn River and on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. The history of the Academy has often paralleled the history of the United States itself. As the U.S. Navy has moved from a fleet of sail and steam-powered ships to a high tech fleet of nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships capable of supporting supersonic aircraft, the Academy has changed as well. In 1850, the Naval School became the United States Naval Academy. A new curriculum went into effect requiring midshipmen to study at the Academy for four years and to train aboard ships each summer. Congress authorized the Naval Academy to begin awarding a Bachelor of Science degree 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. Women make up about 13 to 14 percent of entering plebes and they pursue the same academic and professional training as do their male classmates.
Admissions to the Academy are not open to all; the school selects from among qualified applicants. United States Naval Academy attracts many applicants each year, and can only accept about 14% of them (as of 2007-2008). Three quarters of students in 2007-2008 had SAT verbal scores of at least 560. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 600 and 700.
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