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.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 300 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $36,600
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $17,800
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Fork Union Military Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 308 schools) for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Fork Union Military Academy
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
7-12, PG
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1898
1907
Campus Size
1305 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
300 students
301 students
% Students of Color
48%
26%
% International Students
10%
20%
% Students Boarding
97%
70%
Average SAT Score
1110
* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Yes
No
Frequency of Saturday Classes
Weekly
Weekly
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
Military-style uniforms
Casual
Average Class Size
12 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
19
17
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
68%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$18 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$36,600
$61,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$17,800
$34,900
Tuition international students
$44,850
$55,000
Summer Program Cost
$4,500
% Students on Financial Aid
74%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$15,057
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
55%
58%
Director of Admissions
Mrs. Jackie Montero-Sharpe

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
23
23
Extracurriculars
National 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 - 2018
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
James Madison University
18
Virginia Tech
16
George Mason University
11
The Citadel
8
Virginia Commonwealth University
8
Liberty University
7
University of Alabama
5
Pennsylvania State University
4
University of Tennessee
4
United States Naval Academy
3

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
Source: Verified school update

Alumni Reviews Review School

Review
Description

Class of 2017
5.00
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.. . .

Class of 2007
5.00
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. . .

Class of 2001
5.00
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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 300 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $36,600
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $17,800
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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