Service Academies & Senior Military Colleges

    • Service Academies & Senior Military Colleges

      Service Academies & Senior Military Colleges

      The Military offers some 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. Plus, most of these schools grant scholarship money in exchange for a period of service. Check out the different schools to see what they can offer you.

    • Service Academies

  • Service Academies

    Service Academies

    For students who would like to experience a military environment while getting a first-class education, the five Service academies — the U.S. Military Academy (Army) in West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Naval Academy (Navy/Marine Corps) in Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Air Force Academy (Air Force) in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (Coast Guard) in New London, Conn.; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. — 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 four academies receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as officers in their respective Service branch. In all cases, there is a service obligation of a minimum of five years.

    Service Academy Phone Number Total Enrollment Admissions Per Year % Female
    Army
    U.S. Military Academy

    845-938-4041

    4,400

    1,300

    15
    Navy & Marine Corps
    U.S. Naval Academy

    410-293-4361

    4,400

    1,190

    21
    Air Force
    U.S. Air Force Academy

    800-443-9266

    3,960

    1,190

    22.5
    Coast Guard
    U.S. Coast Guard Academy

    800-883-8724

    902

    231

    34
    Merchant Marine
    U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

    516-726-5800

    1,012

    258

    13.6
      • Service Academy
        Army
        U.S. Military Academy
      • Phone Number

        845-938-4041
      • Total Enrollment

        4,400
      • Admissions Per Year

        1,300
      • % Female

        15
      • Service Academy
        Navy & Marine Corps
        U.S. Naval Academy
      • Phone Number

        410-293-4361
      • Total Enrollment

        4,400
      • Admissions Per Year

        1,190
      • % Female

        21
      • Service Academy
        Air Force
        U.S. Air Force Academy
      • Phone Number

        800-443-9266
      • Total Enrollment

        3,960
      • Admissions Per Year

        1,190
      • % Female

        22.5
      • Service Academy
        Coast Guard
        U.S. Coast Guard Academy
      • Phone Number

        800-883-8724
      • Total Enrollment

        902
      • Admissions Per Year

        231
      • % Female

        34
  • Senior Military Colleges

  • Senior Military Colleges

    Senior Military Colleges

    Similarly, the Senior Military Colleges (SMCs) offer a combination of higher education with military instruction. SMCs include Texas A&M University, Norwich University, The Virginia Military Institute, The Citadel, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), University of North Georgia and the Mary Baldwin Women’s Institute for Leadership. SMCs are among the most prestigious and famous education institutions in the world and they offer financial aid packages for eligible students. Every 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. For example, about half of Virginia Military Institute’s cadets earn commissions as second lieutenants (Army, Marine Corps, Air Force) or ensigns (Navy).

    Senior Military College Phone Number Total Enrollment % Female
    Texas A&M Corps of Cadets 1-800-TAMU-AGS (800-826-2247) 2,265 13
    Norwich University 802-485-2000 1,447 14.7
    The Virginia Military Institute 540-464-7211 1,675 10.5
    The Citadel 843-225-3294 2,272 7
    Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets 540-231-6000 1,071 14.3
    University of North Georgia 706-864-1400 800 11
    Mary Baldwin Women's Institute for Leadership 540-887-7042 105 100
  • Maritime Academies

  • Maritime Academies

    Maritime Academies

    An additional option for students is Maritime Academies. The United States Merchant Marine is the fleet of civilian-owned merchant ships that transport 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 deliver service members and supplies for the Military.

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

    Maritime Academy Phone Number Total Enrollment % Female
    Massachusetts Maritime Academy 508-830-5000 1,377 11.8
    Great Lakes Maritime Academy 877-824-7447 200 15
    Maine Maritime Academy 800-227-8465 994 17
    California Maritime Academy 707-654-1000 1,045 14
    State University of New York Maritime College 718-409-7200 1,868 11
    Texas Maritime Academy 87-SEA-AGGIE (877-322-4443) 482 8.9
    • Resources

      Contact a Recruiter

      Schedule a meeting with a recruiter and learn what to expect from your visit.

      Request Info

      Get a free DVD and magazine, plus additional information from each Service, sent to your home.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      View answers to commonly asked questions about the Military.

      The Next Step: Working

      The Next Step: Working

      After a service member has completed his or her training, it's time to put what they've learned to use.