Fork Union Military Academy - Review #4

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Fork Union Military Academy

About the Author:

College EnrolledLongwood College
Home Town, State Woodbridge, VA
Years Attended Boarding School2
Activities During Boarding SchoolI played Varsity Soccer, and was a member of Band Company. I participated in DeMolay as well.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Fork Union's One Subject plan was instrumental in regaining my place among my peers when it came to class standing. The ability to completely focus on one subject for a 8 week semester was absolutely the best. Fork Union also stresses the importance of self discipline and accountability when it comes to maintaining one's grades and classwork. The regimented atmosphere absolutely provides the best environment for study and education.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened to me at Fork Union? Wow. There entire experience of my time a FUMA was something I will never forget and always cherish. My brothers are the best thing about the school. Our shared experience forged our bonds that have stood the test of time.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have gone earlier in my high school career.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The lifelong brothers I have made, and the sense of accomplishment of attending a demanding structured school will stay with me for the rest of my life. Fork Union provides the means and the environment where boys become good men of outstanding moral character.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
My only words of wisdom for those considering attending is this:Leave your attitude and ego at home. Listen to the cadets that have been here the longest. Come prepared to work, and study. It's not easy, and it's not for everyone; but if you complete the journey, you will have done something that only a very select number of men have done.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The instructors at FUMA are top notch and are willing to go the extra mile, or two, to make sure that each student fully, and completely, understands the material being studied. The class sizes are such that each student can receive the individualized attention that they might require to help them succeed in class. The nightly study sessions are well enforced by the faculty and staff.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Fork Union has some of the best athletic coaches in the country, and the Football program is Nationally recognized. All of the athletic facilities are the best that anyone could expect.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
There was not much of a visual arts program when I attended

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I participated in DeMolay. It is related to the Masons. We had weekly meetings, and once or twice a month went to dances off campus hosted by girl's clubs.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Living in the barracks (dorms) was the BEST! That was where my lifelong friendships were made and the bonds of brotherhood were forged.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall was not bad. The quality of the food was excellent.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Fork Union is set in a very rural area. The town of Fork Union is quaint and unassuming.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are plenty of things to get into at FUMA. There is always a pick up game of basketball, or football going on. We also liked to hang out in our rooms and listen to the latest music, and watch TV.

Daily Schedule:

6:00 AMRevielle
6:30 AMMorning Clean up
7:00 AMClass formation
9:30 AMMorning break/Mail call
12:00 AMLunch
3:00 PMClass day ends
3:30 PMDrill/Parade practice
5:00 PMDinner
7:00 PMRecall/Evening formation
7:30 PMCQ/Study Hall
7:00 AMReveille
7:30 AMBreakfast
8:00 AMMorning CQ for inspection
9:00 AMFormation for Saturday Formal Inspection
9:30 AMRoom Inspections
10:30 AMFree time
5:00 PMDinner Formation
6:30 PMFree time
10:00 PMTaps
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