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Armed Services / Military School Options

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The Armed Services offer many training programs that prepare you for civilian jobs. The College & Career Center has information on the Armed Services and can set up appointments for you to speak with representatives.

This webpage provides information on the following topics related to military education, training and service:

  • United States Army Schools & Application Information
  • Five Service Academies* in the Armed Services
  • Senior Military Colleges
  • Military Junior Colleges
  • Experience Military Life at Del Mar in the MCJROTC Program




The U.S. Army is made up of the most dedicated, most respected Soldiers in the world. These Soldiers protect America’s freedoms while serving at home and abroad, and they are always prepared to defend the nation in times of need (Source:


Below you will find websites with important information about application criteria, testing requirements and preparation, and a list of Army colleges and universities. To learn even more about the U.S. Army, please visit




The Five Service Academies* are a great option for students who know they want to pursue a college education and serve in the military. Below are some fast facts about the Academies and websites where you can learn more.


Military Colleges and Universities*

Fast Facts

US Military Academy (West Point, NY)

Learn more at:

  • Location: West Point, NY
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 4,491
  • Acceptance rate: 10%
  • Average GPA: 3.74
  • Average SAT: 1272
  • Average ACT: 29
  • US News ranking: #21 National Liberal Arts Colleges

US Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD)

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  • Location: Annapolis, MD
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 4,495
  • Acceptance rate: 8%
  • Average GPA: 3.86
  • Average SAT: 1360
  • Average ACT: 29
  • US News ranking: #17 National Liberal Arts Colleges

US Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO)

Learn more at:

  • Location: Colorado Springs, CO
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 4,276
  • Acceptance rate: 12%
  • Average GPA: 3.83
  • Average SAT: 1314
  • Average ACT: 30
  • US News ranking: #39 National Liberal Arts Colleges

US Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT)

Learn more at:

  • Location: New London, CT
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,45
  • Acceptance rate: 21%
  • Average GPA: 3.92
  • Average SAT: 1882
  • Average ACT: 28
  • US News ranking: #2 Regional Colleges (North)

US Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY)

Learn more at:

  • Location: Kings Point, NY
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 954
  • Acceptance rate: 15%
  • Average GPA: 3.6
  • Average SAT: 1268
  • Average ACT: 28
  • US News ranking: #3 Regional Colleges (North)


*Graduates of the Service Academies receive a Bachelor of Science, are commissioned as officers in their branch, and are required to serve for a minimum of five years after graduation.



Senior Military Colleges (SMC) give students the option to pursue military training while they are in college. When applying to SMCs, you have to submit an application, personal essay, transcript, and standardized test scores. You’ll be evaluated on your academic performance and extracurricular achievements. If you meet their average GPA and standardized test scores, you have a good chance of being accepted. Virginia Tech has an average GPA of 3.66, an average ACT score of 27, and accepts 65% of applicants. The Citadel has an average GPA of 3.6, an average ACT score of 23, and accepts 81% of applicants.


To learn more about Senior Military College options, please visit the websites below:




Military Junior Colleges require you to submit an application**, your high school transcript, and some require SAT/ACT scores**. Even those schools that don’t require standardized test scores may use them for placement purposes.

** Notes: You will find the application at: To learn about SAT/ACT requirements as they relate to military colleges, please visit:

If you want to enter an Early Commissioning Program, there are minimum GPA and SAT/ACT requirements that vary by school. If you have a 2.5 GPA and a 920 SAT score or a 19 ACT score, you’ll meet the minimum requirements for all of the programs.

To learn more about Military Junior College options, please visit the websites below:


MCJROTC (Marine Corps Junior Officer Training Corps) is a highly coveted leadership program designed to enhance your student’s moral, mental, and physical development. This premiere leadership curriculum includes intellectually stimulating leadership lectures and experiential learning activities such as team-building exercises, drill, uniform inspections, color guard, marksmanship, field trips, community service, and of course, strenuous Physical Training.
This four-year program is open to all grades and is an alternative to PE class. Students are given the opportunity to fill leadership roles where they learn first-hand how to communicate and cooperate with everyone. It gives students who do not want to join the military an appreciation for military leadership, while giving those who chose to join, an advantage over their peers. It also serves to make students more competitive with their college applications. 
To learn more about the MCJROTC courses offered at Del Mar, please visit




If you have any questions about researching and applying to a Military School, please feel free to contact your Guidance Counselor.
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