Class Credit at USNA

FL2021

New Member
I have an appointment for the class of ’21 and was a re-applicant from college. Freshman year at university I took all engineering courses (calc, chem, physics, english) and ROTC courses and was curious what classes people in my situation are usually able to validate. I understand I would need to take validation tests for calc and chemistry. But for classes like Naval History or English, would I need to retake the courses or is there a way I could get credit by speaking to professors as well? If so, is there anything I should do before leaving my university to ensure I get credit?

Any help would be very appreciated!
 

Dad2020

Member
I have an appointment for the class of ’21 and was a re-applicant from college. Freshman year at university I took all engineering courses (calc, chem, physics, english) and ROTC courses and was curious what classes people in my situation are usually able to validate. I understand I would need to take validation tests for calc and chemistry. But for classes like Naval History or English, would I need to retake the courses or is there a way I could get credit by speaking to professors as well? If so, is there anything I should do before leaving my university to ensure I get credit?

Any help would be very appreciated!
You can validate a number of courses as listed on the usna.edu website. You won't be given credit for any classes. When you arrive at the academy, regardless of your prior experience or education, you are in the same boat as every other plebe. However, you can validate classes and I would think most do. I know our plebe is taking a double-major because he was able to validate several courses. So no worries. The tests aren't difficult.

That being said, some people will say don't validate and keep you GPA up instead with easier classes, but opportunities become available to the people who validate classes.

Bottom line: go for it. Take any validating tests you can and Go Navy!
 

Capt MJ

10-Year Member
Ditto above - you will take validation tests to determine what section level you will be placed in, or you may be able to completely validate. At the end of your first academic year, you will have the same number of earned credits as classmates, plus or minus a few. Being ahead on your matrix will give you increased flexibility to double major or minor down the road.

USNA has been dealing with college reapplicants for many years, and knows how to assess your incoming academic record and performance on validation tests to place you accurately.

Focus on finishing this Academy year strongly and improving fitness, and enjoy family and friends in the time before I Day.
 
Not just the double major or minor, but early Masters programs or even study abroad. Validation offers up determined Mids so many great opportunities!
 

Dad2020

Member
Ditto above - you will take validation tests to determine what section level you will be placed in, or you may be able to completely validate. At the end of your first academic year, you will have the same number of earned credits as classmates, plus or minus a few. Being ahead on your matrix will give you increased flexibility to double major or minor down the road.

USNA has been dealing with college reapplicants for many years, and knows how to assess your incoming academic record and performance on validation tests to place you accurately.

Focus on finishing this Academy year strongly and improving fitness, and enjoy family and friends in the time before I Day.
CaptMJ always gives solid advice.

The Naval Academy is an absolutely great place. Don't let people tell you otherwise. Be prepared to feel a little out of place with being a freshman again. The classes are incredibly challenging, but the instructors are top notch. My mid is not a humanities major, but loves every class he has had because he has had professors who are passionate about their subject area and helpful. No graduate assistants there. Plus the mix of civilian and military instructors is an advantage over other service academies.
 
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