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About Fork Union Military Academy

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 character development, self-discipline, responsibility, leadership development, and Christian values.

Who We Are

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.

Since 1898 we’ve provided 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.

What sets us apart

We have a system in which performance is measured honestly and success is celebrated.
We have an environment in which achievement is respected and peer pressure is a positive force.
We have one of the most diverse student bodies of any school in the nation.
our mission
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Our mission is to educate, develop, and inspire young men in a college preparatory, Christian, military environment.
Cadets build character and learn leadership, independence, confidence, responsibility, and discipline in a setting that encourages mental, physical, and spiritual growth.
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Faith-based Values

Fork Union Military Academy was founded by Dr. William Hatcher, a prominent Baptist minister in 1898. Our foundational Christian values and biblical principles continue to shape/reinforce/ Fork Union Military Academy.

While the Academy is proud of our affiliation with the Baptist General Association of Virginia, our student body reflects the diversity of religious beliefs found in our world. We have students that are Baptist, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, 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.

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About | Leadership

Turning Boys into Responsible Young Men

The goal of the military system at Fork Union Military Academy is not to turn young men into soldiers. We have no affiliation with any branch of the armed forces. Rather, our goal is simply to use the best aspects of the military system to teach young men the value of respect, accountability, self-discipline, and courtesy.

We superimposed these values on our learning and living environment. Our structure and discipline helps to limit distractions and encourage students to focus on achievement in academics, athletics, and personal growth.

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A Championship School Legacy

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 Division I college programs on athletic scholarships each year.

There is a longstanding tradition of excellence in the athletic programs of Fork Union Military Academy:

5 Olympians
2 Heisman trophy winners
13 NFL First-Round Draft Picks
More than 130 NFL football players
At least 6 NBA basketball players
Dozens of professional baseball players
Multiple track & field national champions
Over a dozen swimming & diving champions
About | Our Legacy
About | Accreditation


Fork Union Military Academy is fully accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).

Founded in 1973, VAIS is the leader in advancing and advocating for independent school education in Virginia. The VAIS accreditation program is one of a select few recognized at the international level through the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA). VAIS also is recognized and approved by the Virginia Board of Education through the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE).
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