Fork Union Military Academy

P.O. 278, 4744 James Madison Hwy,
Fork Union, VA 23055
Tel: 1-800-GO-2-FUMA
Gr: (Boarding) 6-12, PG | 535 students
"Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, is a Christian, college preparatory, military-style boarding school for young men in Grades 6 through 12 and postgraduates.
Fork Union was founded in 1898 and has a rich tradition promoting character, leadership, and scholarship..."

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Definition of Terms 
2013 School Data
Fork Union Military Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College-Prep Military College Preparatory
Grades Offered 6-12, PG 8-12
School Type All-boys Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Baptist Non-denominational
Year Founded 1898 1907
Campus Size 1305 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 535 students 300 students
% Students of Color 29% 18%
% International Students 10% 20%
% Students Boarding 97% 67%
Average SAT Score 1525 * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Acadmics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Monthly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 15 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:10 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 19 15
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 68% 65%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $14 million $14 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$31,050 $47,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$21,000 $26,300
% Students on Financial Aid 50% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $11,000 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 55% 57%
Director of Admissions LTC Tripp Billingsley  
Associate Director of Admissions CPT Spencer Percy  

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 16 13
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Orienteering, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Winter Track, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 25 24
ExtracurricularsA Team Color Guard, Bagpipers, Band, Battalion Staff, Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Studies, Chess Club, Choir, Chorale, Classic Cinema Club, Community Service Organization, Debate Club, Dillard Guard, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fishing Club, Honor Council, National Honor Society, Paintballing Club, Quadrille, Retan Rifles, SCUBA Club, Sports Information Dissemination Club, Table Tennis Club, Water Polo Club, Woodworking Club

School Notes:

  • Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, is a Christian, college preparatory, military-style boarding school for young men in Grades 6 through 12 and postgraduates. Fork Union was founded in 1898 and has a rich tradition promoting character, leadership, and scholarship.
  • Upper School students follow a unique "One-Subject Plan" of study, concentrating on a single major subject every seven weeks. Middle School students follow a traditional middle school schedule. The mission of Fork Union Military Academy is to provide young men a college preparatory education in a residential, Christian environment.
  • Using the best aspects of the military system, the Academy teaches its cadets responsibility, leadership, discipline, and pride by providing an atmosphere in which spiritual, mental, and physical growth can flourish. In addition to our high-quality academics, our athletic program is outstanding. Our school has produced two Heisman Trophy winners (Vinny Testaverde and Eddie George), one Heisman Trophy finalist (Chris Perry), many professional NFL and NBA players, and Olympians.
  • Fork Union Military Academy is located within the small village of Fork Union in Central Virginia on a large 650-acre wooded tract. This rural setting provides a sanctuary from the noises and bad influences associated with larger cities and suburbs, and gives students wide open spaces for orienteering, cross country, and other outdoor activities. With fewer external distractions, our peaceful, pastoral environment is ideal for this school.
  • FUMA has a number of endowed scholarships that are awarded to cadets based on various qualifications such as leadership, character, academic performance, and other qualities specific to the scholarship fund.
  • School accreditations: Accreditated by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Sonny Randle, '54 - Sportscaster, former NFL wide receiver
    • Plaxico Burress, '96 - NFL football player, wide receiver for New York Giants
    • Gen. John T. Chain, Jr., '52 - Former Commander In Chief of the Strategic Air Command
    • Robert S. Bloxom, '55 - Virginia's Secretary of Agriculture
    • Charles Edwin Estes, '43 - CEO of Great Coastal, a nationwide trucking company
    • John Bassett Vaughan, '48 - Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company
    • Edward Telling, '38 - Former Chairman & CEO of Sears
    • Kevin Plank, '91 - President & Founder of Under Armour
    • Billy Campbell, '76 - Actor
    • Lloyd Dobyns, '53 - Fomer NBC News Reporter/Correspondent

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