The Naval Academy has been training officers for the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps since 1845. Yet for many, the Naval Academy remains shrouded in mystery. Perhaps you've seen the midshipmen in their starched uniforms walking the streets of Downtown Annapolis. You may have heard the chants: Go Navy, Beat Army. Too often, the extent of personal knowledge about the Naval Academy ends there. But there's so much more to know about this tremendous institution that trains men and women to serve our nation as leaders.

There are plenty of ways to learn more about this important American institution and its proud and lengthy history. Explore the Naval Academy campus and go on a guided tour that provides an up-close glimpse of what life as a midshipman is really like. Make a stop at one or more of the campus' impressive attractions, including the midshipmen's Noon Formation, the Naval Academy Museum, the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, the Naval Academy Chapel, the crypt of naval hero John Paul Jones, and more. Attend a spirited sporting event at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium or the Brigade Sports Complex; Navy Football, Lacrosse, and Hockey are some of the Academy's most popular spectator sports. Take in a cultural event; midshipmen participate in several musical and theatrical performances throughout the year. Visit the Naval Academy website for more information on the Naval Academy history and education programs.

Note: Anyone 18 years old and above need to present two valid forms of ID (e.g., picture ID, passport, credit card, student ID, etc.) to be admitted into the USNA.