It seems as though every media outlet has gotten in on the college rankings game. Some publications use time-honored methodology, others have—to put it mildly—more subjective ways of compiling results. Prospective midshipmen and curious alumni can now see where the United States Naval Academy ranks with regard to everything from academics and student life.


U.S. News & World Report, 2019 Edition of Best Colleges

#2 Top Public School

#1 High School Counselor's Top Picks

#4 Undergraduate Engineering Programs Overall

#5 Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program

#22 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges

Why is the Academy defined as a "liberal arts college?" For years, the Naval Academy has ranked among the very best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. With the Academy’s well-regarded engineering programs, it might seem a misnomer. But the Academy does fit the publication’s highly specific description of liberal arts colleges as those that “emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study”— which includes degrees in mathematics and hard sciences.

Forbes, 2018 College Rankings

#31 in Top Colleges

#4 in Public College

#18 in the Northeast

Wall Street Journal Rankings

Where are the service academies? The U.S. Military Academy made its debut in the rankings in 2018 at No. 58 overall and 10th among public institutions. Previously, service academies weren’t included because some data–including a survey of current students—required for the rankings weren't available. Neither the U.S. Naval Academy or Air Force Academy opted into the Wall Street Journal process.

The Princeton Review

Ranked #2 in Best Science Lab Facilities

Bancroft Hall, U.S. Naval Academy
“We’re thrilled to be recognized for the excellence we’ve achieved, but nothing we do at the Naval Academy is in pursuit of rankings,” he explained. “That being said, rankings do validate what we already know about ourselves, which is that midshipmen are challenged in a highly rigorous, four-year academic program and they excel morally, mentally and physically. Rankings also help us attract the right candidates for the Naval Academy—those who want a superior education and the opportunity to serve their country.” - CDR David McKinney '98, USN, Public Affairs Officer, USNA


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