Fork Union Military Academy

5.00 (6 reviews)
P.O. 278, 4744 James Madison Hwy
Fork Union, VA 23055
Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, is a Christian, college preparatory, military-style boarding school for young men in Grades 7 through 12 and postgraduates.
Fork Union was founded in 1898 and has a rich tradition promoting character, leadership, and scholarship.
Fork Union Military Academy strives to keep its tuition as low as possible so that the cost of military school is affordable for as many families as possible.

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  • Rutgers University
    Fork Union is a tough place to be, but a great place to be from. As a young man you learn accountability, discipline, and how to follow direction.. . .
  • George Mason University
    Fork Union will change your son’s life. I’m not exaggerating. I’m not using hyperbole. I have no vested interest in convincing you of this fact. FUMA is a special place, and it will take the. . .
  • Hampden-Sydney College
    There is no other school in the country that takes immature boys and turns them into total men. Body/Mind/Spirit are the three core values that FUMA strives to advance, and they do one helluva job. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Fork Union MilitaryBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege-Prep MilitaryCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered7-12, PG9-12
School TypeAll-boysCo-ed
Religious AffiliationBaptistNon-denominational
Year Founded18981907
Campus Size1305 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment300 students300 students
% Students of Color
48%
25%
% International Students
10%
20%
% Students Boarding
97%
70%
Average SAT Score1110* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Military-style uniforms)
Casual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio8:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1918
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
68%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$4,500
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$18 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$36,600$59,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$17,800$33,500
Tuition international students$44,850$54,500
% Students on Financial Aid
74%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$15,057$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
55%
58%
Director of AdmissionsMrs. Jackie Montero-Sharpe

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1616
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Marksmanship, Orienteering, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Winter Track, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations2323
ExtracurricularsNational Honor Society

Club or Organization:
Boy Scouts of America, Breakfast Club - Christian Study Group, Chess Club, Computer Gaming Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fishing Club, Global Citizens Club, Honor Council, Interact Club, National Junior Honor Society, Quadrille Club, Retan Rifles, School Newspaper, School Yearbook, SCUBA Club, Woodworking Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Bagpipers, Band, Choir, Chorale, Dramatics

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Orienteering

College Matriculation

Year: 2017 - 201810 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
James Madison University18
Virginia Tech16
George Mason University11
The Citadel8
Virginia Commonwealth University8
Liberty University7
University of Alabama5
Pennsylvania State University4
University of Tennessee4
United States Naval Academy3

School Notes

  • Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, is a Christian, college preparatory, military-style boarding school for young men in Grades 7 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 wooded tract of more than 1,300 acres. 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.Fork Union 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.
  • Fork Union Military Academy 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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