Fork Union Military Academy

Fork Union Military Academy

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Fork Union Military Academy

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Fork Union Military Academy is a private, military boarding school located in the town of Fork Union, Virginia. The school is more commonly known by its acronym FUMA (pronounced "foo-mah" as of late; "few-mah" in earlier times), as well as derivatives of this acronym (e.g. "Foomer," "Foomerland," and "Fewmar").

Fork Union is affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia and serves young men from around the United States and the world from grades six to twelve. The school is also noted for its post-graduate (PG) program, through which high school graduates can improve their athletic abilities, grades, and SAT scores in preparation for college. These PG students are often athletes seeking to qualify for Division I scholarships, which in part explains FUMA’s strong representation in college athletics and the NFL. The school has a regular academic session which runs from August to May and a four week summer session in July.


Located on a 1300 acre campus in the rolling hills of central Virginia’s Piedmont region, Fork Union Military Academy was initially founded as Fork Union Academy in October 1898 by Dr. William E. Hatcher, a prominent local Baptist minister. The first class had nineteen boys and girls. In 1902 the Academy took on a military structure to provide organization, discipline, and physical development for the boys of what was a rapidly growing school. In 1913, the Academy became an...
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