Naval Academy's class of 2016 will have largest female class

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A U.S. Naval Academy official says the class of 2016 is on track to have the largest female class in the academy's history. Stephen Latta, the academy's dean of admissions, said Monday that 295 females have accepted appointments.

Latta told the Naval Academy's Board of Visitors that the last time the academy had a record number of female students was for the class of 2010, which had about 272 females.

Latta also says that the class of 2016 will be smaller, so the percentage of the class that will be female will be higher. In the class of 2010, women comprised about 22.5 percent of the class. Latta says he believes the class of 2016 will be more than 24 percent female.

The academy first admitted women in 1976.