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.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 7-12
  • Enrollment: 343 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,350
  • 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% of private schools in Virginia for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 7-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Mild learning differences with limited resource assistance
Year Founded
1898
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
343 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
47%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Fork Union Military Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
43 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
68%
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
12 courses
Advanced Courses
Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits) - Dual Enrollment, AP Biology, AP Calculus (AB), AP Calculus (BC), AP English IV, AP Government, AP U.S. History, Calculus (5 credits) - Dual Enrollment, English Composition (6 credits) - Dual Enrollment, International Relations (6 credits) - Dual Enrollment, Political Science (6 credits) - Dual Enrollment, Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry (5 credits) - Dual Enrollment
Average SAT score
1110
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
Uniforms

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Day Students: $20,350 US Boarding Students: $33,940 International Boarding Students: $42,190
Summer Program Cost
$4,350
% on Financial Aid
65%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$14,000
Acceptance Rate
55%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Tripp Billingsley
Endowment Size
$18 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
23 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
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 Honor Society, 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

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.
  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Fork Union Military Academy cost?

Fork Union Military Academy's tuition is approximately $20,350 for private students and $4,350 for summer students.

What is the acceptance rate of Fork Union Military Academy?

The acceptance rate of Fork Union Military Academy is 55%, which is lower than the national average of 83%. Fork Union Military Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Virginia with low acceptance rates.

Who are famous alumni from Fork Union Military Academy?

Fork Union Military Academy famous alumni include: Sonny Randle, '54, Plaxico Burress, '96, Gen. John T. Chain, Jr., '52, Robert S. Bloxom, '55, Charles Edwin Estes, '43, John Bassett Vaughan, '48, Edward Telling, '38, Kevin Plank, '91, Billy Campbell, '76 and Lloyd Dobyns, '53.

Does Fork Union Military Academy offer a summer program?

Yes, Fork Union Military Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What sports does Fork Union Military Academy offer?

Fork Union Military Academy offers 16 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Drill Team, Football, Lacrosse, Marksmanship, Martial Arts, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Winter Track and Wrestling. Fork Union Military Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for most sports offered.

What is Fork Union Military Academy's ranking?

Fork Union Military Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body, Most sports offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.

When is the application deadline for Fork Union Military Academy?

The application deadline for Fork Union Military Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
Both of our boys have attended Fork Union. Our youngest in now a senior. The education they have received has provided them with an opportunity to get accepted into elite universities. We could not be happier with quality of academic programs, faculty and support we have received throughout the years. Go FUMA!!
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5  
FUMA has been absolutely transformative for my son. When he left he was oppositional, undirected, and not doing well in school. Within one year he has become more mature, thoughtful, caring, and he has plans for his future. He is excelling at school and hit the 93rd percentile on the PSAT. I'm astounded by his progress and thrilled at what he's learning at FUMA.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 7-12
  • Enrollment: 343 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,350
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Virginia is $13,139 for elementary schools and $16,572 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Virginia is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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