United States Naval Academy
#85 Overall Influence#52 Desirability Rank

United States Naval Academy

United States federal service academy

United States Naval Academy Rankings

The United States Naval Academy (USNA) was founded in 1845, making it the second-oldest of the five US military service academies. The Naval Academy’s student body numbers around 4,500 “midshipmen” (as undergraduates are called).

Academically, USNA is best known for its programs in the physical sciences, in computer and information sciences, and in engineering—including aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering; electrical, electronics, and communications engineering; and naval architecture and marine engineering.

USNA is associated with one Nobel Prize laureate, Albert A. Michelson for physics.

Other distinguished USNA connected individuals include the following:

  • Nineteenth-century naval officer and historian, Alfred Thayer Mahan
  • Inventor and television pioneer, Philo T. Farnsworth
  • Science fiction novelist, Robert A. Heinlein
  • Actors, Warren Stephens and Anthony Alabi
  • Singer-songwriter, John Phillips
  • Television personality, Montel Williams
  • Rear Admiral and leader of the first expedition to reach the South Pole by air, Robert E. Byrd
  • Rear Admiral and Project Mercury astronaut, Alan Shepard, who was the first American to travel to outer space
  • Naval aviator and Project Apollo astronaut, Jim Lovell, who flew on the first manned mission to orbit the moon
  • First female US Marine combat fighter pilot, Amy McGrath
  • First black female naval aviator and tactical jet fighter pilot, Madeline Swegle
  • US Marine lieutenant colonel, Oliver North, who was a controversial member of the National Security Council under President Ronald Reagan
  • Former US Navy SEAL and founder of Blackwater USA, Erik Prince
  • Senior World War II admirals— Ernest J. King, Chester W. Nimitz, William F. Halsey, Jr., Raymond A. Spruance, Arleigh A. Burke, and Marc Andrew “Pete” Mitscher
  • Post-war admiral known as the “father of the nuclear navy”, Hyman G. Rickover
  • Founder and CEO of Electronic Data Systems and 1992 third-party presidential candidate, Ross Perot
  • Current US Representatives—Elaine Luria, Mikie Sherrill, and Mike Garcia
  • Former US Senator, John McCain
  • Current US Senator, Todd Young
  • 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter

USNA is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).


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121 Blake Road, Annapolis MD 21402-5000

City Crime Rates

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24 per 100k

Violent Crime

6 per 100k

What is United States Naval Academy known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

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Political Science
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Earth Sciences
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Computer Science
#1435 World Rank #454 USA Rank

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Criminal Justice
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Influential People

Who are United States Naval Academy's Most influential alumni?

United States Naval Academy's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Communications, Engineering, and History. United States Naval Academy’s most academically influential people include Robert A. Heinlein, Alan Shepard, and Jim Lovell.

Robert A. Heinlein
Robert A. Heinlein

American science fiction author

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Alan Shepard
Alan Shepard

American astronaut

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Jim Lovell
Jim Lovell

American astronaut

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Alfred Thayer Mahan
Alfred Thayer Mahan

United States Navy admiral and historian

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Hyman G. Rickover
Hyman G. Rickover

United States admiral

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Wally Schirra
Wally Schirra

American astronaut

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Oliver North
Oliver North

US Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, claimed partial responsibility for clandestinely selling weapons to Iran and channeling profits to Contras in Nicaragua

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Ernest King
Ernest King

US Navy Admiral , Chief of Naval Operations

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Richard E. Byrd
Richard E. Byrd

American naval officer and explorer

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Albert A. Michelson
Albert A. Michelson

Polish physicist

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George Dewey
George Dewey

United States Navy admiral

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Edgar Mitchell
Edgar Mitchell

American astronaut

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