Come to the Yard
Welcome aboard the U.S Naval Academy. You're entering a place where the pursuit of moral, mental, and physical excellence permeates every classroom, field, hall and parade ground. Where the pride of 175+ years of exceptional Naval tradition inspires the faculty, staff, midshipmen, and visitors alike as they live, learn, and work in the stately Beaux-Arts classical buildings. It's a place of beauty that enjoys one of the most breathtaking waterfront views in all of Annapolis.
You're stepping into living, breathing American history. Everything you do here supports the Brigade, and we are thrilled to have you aboard!
One Place Every American Should See
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy is one of the most selective schools in the country. It was recently rated by U.S. News & World Report as the top public school in America, and has an acceptance rate of around eight to ten percent. Of those who attend, approximately 88% will make it to Commissioning Day.
Learn more about this fascinating place and the people that make history every day!
John Paul Jones' Crypt. Dahlgren Hall. The waterfront. Midshipmen spend four years getting to know the Yard, but you can feel the military spirit and history in just a few hours. Let our Visitor Center's knowledgeable guides give you the locals’ perspective with a public or private tour. You can also explore the Yard on your own by getting handy and comprehensive information from the Visitor Center information desk.
Plan Your Trip
Come see us in beautiful Annapolis, Maryland! The history is eye-opening and the views are breathtaking.
Find out how to get here, what you’ll need to get onto the Yard, where to stay, where to eat, and how to get the most out of your trip.
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