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Welcome to the U.S. Naval Academy!


The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) is the prestigious undergraduate college of the U.S. Navy. Founded in 1850 and located in Maryland’s capital city, Annapolis, USNA’s program encompasses four years of academic instruction with additional summer training programs. 


Each year, about 4,500 midshipmen, or mids, choose among 25 majors, according to the USNA’s Blue and Gold Book. Upon completion of their four years, mids are awarded a Bachelor of Science and begin active duty service.



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The USNA faculty is made up of almost 600 officers and civilians. Military members teach alongside a civilian faculty made up of scholars who are leaders in their chosen fields. In addition, a cadre of officer doctorates who are classified as Permanent Military Professors bolster the faculty roster. 


It's commonplace for Naval officers to rotate every two to three years to serve at USNA as their duty station. The Military Personnel Division for the USNA is available to support all active duty and reserve officers and enlisted servicemembers and international officers serving the campus. 


USNA is a part of the Annapolis Area Naval Complex, which also includes the Naval Support Activity Annapolis and other tenant commands such as North Severn complex, Chesapeake Bay Detachment in Randle Cliff, Maryland, and the Navy Operational Support Center in Baltimore. 



The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, perform a flyover during a graduation and commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's Class of 2015 in Annapolis, Md. Image via


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Frequently Asked Questions about the U.S. Naval Academy

1) Can we walk around and take a tour of the USNA campus?


Yes, in fact, the official USNA tours are highly regarded and often full during popular holidays and campus events. The best place to start is the Visitor Center inside USNA Gate 1. 


2) If stationed at the U.S. Naval Academy, where do families live? 


USNA has multiple options for housing. Lincoln Military Housing operates privatized on base housing. Off base, many servicemembers choose to live in Annapolis because of the convenient location and commute. Others choose nearby cities such as Severna Park, Pasadena, Crofton, and Arnold. Nearby Fort Meade NSA also has on base housing, managed by Corvias.


3) What is the zip code for the U.S. Naval Academy?


The zip code for the U.S. Naval Academy is 21402.  Nearby zip codes include 21401.  


4) What is the BAH for the U.S. Naval Academy? 

BAH for the U.S. Naval Academy ranges from $2,553 for E-1 to $3,267 for E-9 with dependents, and from $2,787 for O-1 to $3,870 for O-7 with dependents. See housing section for more info.


5) Where do kids attend school near the U.S. Naval Academy?


The public school system that encompasses Annapolis and nearby cities is Anne Arundel County School District. Many private schools are available in Annapolis, and a community favorite is the Naval Academy Primary School, however, it is not associated with USNA. 

Military Installations Near U.S. Naval Academy:


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Base Location and Information

Official Site: U.S. Naval Academy


Annapolis is one of those cherished duty stations that has a pleasant dual personality. Certainly the USNA has a major impact on the city and the citizens appreciate the Navy’s presence, but Annapolis holds its own as a charming coastal city with a small town feel to include historic buildings and brick walkways. 


Established in 1649, Annapolis is the seat of Maryland’s government and is a prime target for tourist dollars all year round, especially because, for some audiences in the sailing world, it is the Sailing Capital of the U.S., despite arguments from locals in Newport, Rhode Island. 



The Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Image via ezioman. 


Multiple bodies of water surround USNA. The campus is located on the banks of the Severn River and the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Nautical influences affect most occurences— from high tides and flood warnings to regattas and sailing lessons, and right down to everyday dining and shopping. 


Not quite part of what is traditionally considered the National Capital Region (NCR), Annapolis is positioned about 35 miles east of Washington, D.C., and 30 miles south of Baltimore. Dual military couples who find themselves hoping to serve near their spouse stationed at USNA often look to nearby military installations such as Fort Meade NSA or further south into the Washington, D.C., area. Some military installations close to the U.S. Naval Academy:




Annapolis Harbor, image via Jeff Weese.


Commuting into the D.C. area is a challenge for those living at USNA and those have the need to travel into the city often. A good day of commuting equals a 45-minute drive each way, but most days this time frame will exceed an hour. US 50 is the major roadway that commuters use into Washington, D.C.


US 50 also allows beach traffic to flow. Or, to stand still. During the warm months, “beach traffic” is a force to be reckoned with especially heading over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge which leads to Atlantic Ocean destinations such as widely popular, Ocean City, Maryland, in addition to nearby neighbor beaches in Delaware: Bethany, Rehoboth, and Lewes. 



USNA Visitors' Map via U.S. Naval Academy


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Arrival Lodging


Navy Getaways Annapolis

2 Truxtun Road

Annapolis, MD 21402



Navy Lodge Annapolis

NSA Annapolis

347 Kinkaid Road

Annapolis, MD 21402



U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis Housing



Arundel Estates via Lincoln Military Housing


Navy Family Housing Office

349 Kinkaid Road

Annapolis, MD  21402



Liberty Military Housing

349 Kinkaid Road

Annapolis, MD  21402



USNA servicemembers have the option of investigating private military housing through Liberty Military Housing, which operates nine communities that offer nearly 300 housing choices. These choices include historic properties, modern homes, and apartment living. Do note that some housing is on USNA property, but other communities are located nearby, off base. Distances off base are less than five miles. Be sure to read over each of the community descriptions and locations. 


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U.S. Naval Academy Off-Base Housing

View homes for sale and houses for rent near U.S. Naval Academy



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Downtown Annapolis is a picturesque community with a strong presence of colonial architecture in both the homes and public buildings. Those who chose to live downtown near the water couldn’t ask for a better location or amenities, but will deal with the downfalls of older building maintenance, power outages, and water associated problems such as flood damage from high tides and coastal storms, including hurricanes and Nor’easters. 

Before deciding on a home, check on the origination of the water supply. Water sources depend on the neighborhood. Some use public water utilities, while others use septic tanks and wells. 

Not too far from USNA, about 5 miles or so, lies the commercial center--the more recently developed portion of Annapolis. Shopping centers, food outlets, and plenty of entertainment destinations are available if you prefer to live in an area with homes that are younger than those found in downtown Annapolis.


Severna Park is one of the most popular locations for USNA servicemembers to live, especially if school aged children are in need of public schools. The city is preferred due to the quaint streets, strong community feel, and access to multiple beachfront locations. Crofton, Arnold, and Pasadena share similar qualities to Severna Park, and families often find homes in these towns to suit their needs. 


Moving west from USNA, military families also find homes in Odenton (near the closest MARC station, which accesses Washington, D.C. Metro and Amtrak railways) and Gambrills. These cities work particularly well if dual military couples find themselves split between USNA, Fort Meade NSA, some stations within the Annapolis Area Naval Complex, and possibly further south into Washington, D.C. 


Homeowners Associations (HOAs) are common in this region. Be aware of their fees before signing a contract, including rental homes.


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U.S. Naval Academy BAH Information 


The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S. based allowance determined by geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. It provides uniformed service members compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets when government quarters are not provided. Learn more about your Basic Allowance for Housing.


The U.S. Naval Academy is in Annapolis, MD with many options to buy or rent. Some sample U.S. Naval Academy BAH rates for zip code 21402: 


  • E-1 with dependents: $2,553
  • E-1 without dependents: $2,130
  • E-9 with dependents: $3,267
  • E-9 without dependents: $2,892
  • O-1 with dependents: $2,787
  • O-1 without dependents: $2,364
  • O-7 with dependents: $3,870
  • O-7 without dependents: $3,198


U.S. Naval Academy Weather & Climate



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Get ready to go shopping! You’re going to need all the gear, from shorts and bug spray to shovels and winter boots. USNA’s weather patterns include a little bit of just about every phenomenon: cold winters with an occasional blizzard, a blustery and wet spring season, very humid and hot summers, with the potential for hurricane residue from further out to sea, and a colorful, but temperate and short lived fall season.


The average temperatures range from the 30s in January and February to the mid to high 90s in July and August. 


U.S. Naval Academy Area Schools



Existing Elementary School Boundaries in Annapolis via Capital Gazette


Military families who need public education in Annapolis and in many popular surrounding areas are zoned for Anne Arundel County schools. The district is large and serves 75,000 students enrolled in Pre-K through grade 12. 


Those interested in private school education are assisted with information stemming from the Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools. The Homeschool Co-op for NSA Annapolis is a central place to begin connecting with other homeschool families near USNA. 


The School Liaison Officer assigned to USNA also has additional resources to help families choose between, public, private, and homeschooling options.


The following are some helpful links for more information for your children’s schooling:


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Support for Military and Families



Because Annapolis is near large cities and military installations, there is ample support for military and their families. Private and public programs originating in the NCR often extend up to Annapolis. Take advantage of the opportunities provided by recognizable names such as Military Officers Association of America, National Military Family Association, Hiring Our Heroes, and Blue Star Families


Nearby, Anne Arundel Community College and Howard Community College campuses are robust higher education systems that work directly with the military community. The University of Maryland system also offers higher education through undergraduate and graduate programs. 



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Some more helpful links:


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More Area Info




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Base Address:

121 Blake Road
Annapolis , 21402-5000