Fork Union Military Academy is one of the leading college preparatory boarding schools in the US based on the structure and discipline of a military academy system. We offer in-person education for boys in grades 7-12th and postgraduates in the wonderful village of Fork Union—in the heart of central Virginia.
We offer high-quality academics and athletics built on a foundation of traditional core values that helps build character development, self-discipline, responsibility, and leadership development skills.
Young men come to Fork Union Military Academy in search of a place where they can perform up to their full potential — a place where they can excel in both the classroom and the athletic field.
We provide young men with a challenging educational experience in a safe, structured environment where distractions are few and where every aspect of student life encourages academic achievement and personal growth.
The goal of the military system at Fork Union Military Academy is not to turn young men into soldiers. In fact, we have no affiliation with any branch of the armed forces. Rather, our goal is to use the best aspects of a military academy system to provide a structure and framework for accountability, managing goals, and teamwork, and to help instill our core values of respect, integrity, faith, discipline, and character.
We have superimposed these values on our learning and living environment. Our environment of structure and discipline helps to limit distractions and encourages students to focus on their achievements in academics, athletics, and personal growth.
Fork Union Military Academy was founded in 1898 by a a prominent Baptist minister, Dr. William E. Hatcher. Our foundational values and principles continue to shape and reinforce Fork Union Military Academy's mission.
Our student body, however, reflects the wide diversity of religious beliefs found in our world. While the Academy is proud of our affiliation with the Baptist General Association of Virginia, we enroll students who are Baptist, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and more—including those without religious affiliations.
Our goal is to provide young men a faith framework within which they may apply themselves toward achieving their academic potential while growing as men of character and integrity.
Fork Union Military Academy has achieved a national reputation in athletics, usually sending thirty to sixty athletes from our high school and postgraduate teams to NCAA college programs on athletic scholarships each year.
There is a longstanding tradition of excellence in the athletic programs of Fork Union Military Academy: