United States Military Academy campus

From the School

Students who are ready to change the world through their leadership, vision, and duty to country could find that the United States Military Academy at West Point is their best college choice. Established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802, West Point was the first service academy, and its storied tradition is filled with accomplishments of men and women of character who didn't wait to be told how to change the world, but looked for ways to change it from the moment they graduated. West Point is consistently ranked in the top five colleges in the country by well-respected publications and institutions, and if you look more closely at West Point, it won't be difficult to see why.


From The School

West Point isn’t your typical college, and its admission process isn't typical, either. Each year the academy admits approximately 1,100 young men and woman from every state in the union and every race, religion, and culture in the country.

Admission to West Point is about more than your GPA or standardized test scores. Unlike other top-tier colleges, West Point is not just focusing on your academic accomplishments, but on the whole person. Being at the top of your class isn't enough; you'll also need to qualify medically, excel in the Candidate Fitness Assessment, and earn a nomination from one of your U.S. congressional representatives, your U.S. senator, or the vice president. (The president and the Department of Army can award service-connected nominations.)

The Admissions Committee searches for students who stand out from the crowd in their academic accolades, athletic successes, and leadership motivation. To determine your academic strength and potential, the Admissions Committee will examine both your high school transcript and your SAT and/or ACT Plus Writing scores. (ACTs are not accepted without the writing portion.) To determine your physical fitness aptitude, the committee will evaluate your high school athletics participation and your Cadet Fitness Assessment (CFA), which consists of the following six events: a basketball throw, pull-ups (men & women) or flexed-arm hang (women), shuttle run, modified sit-ups, push-ups and a one-mile run.

Do you have the leadership potential to take command and be ready to mentor the Soldiers of our Army? West Point exists to educate and train leaders of character to become Army officers, and the academy strives to remain the premier leadership-training institute in the world. With that in mind, the committee looks for indications of exceptional leadership potential, such as involvement in student government – student body or class president – and participation in Boys/Girls State, scouting, debate clubs, school publications, and varsity athletics. Of particular interest to the committee are applicants who seek out leadership positions in their activities, such as team captains or club presidents. The basic qualifications are that you must be at least 17 and not older than 23 years of age on July 1 of the year you enter the academy, and you must also be a U.S. citizen, be unmarried, and not be pregnant or have a legal obligation for child support. The four-tiered application means that the earlier you start the process, the more smoothly it should go for you.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 710
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component required


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From The School

Academic Programs

USMA's core curriculum is based in technology, engineering, science and math, and it's complemented by in-depth study depending upon what major you choose. The academic program offers a broad background in the arts and sciences, which allows cadets to become well-rounded leaders and also prepares them for future graduate study. You won't get lost in the crowd at West Point, because classes are small, averaging only 12 to 18 cadets; not only do you get individual attention in the classroom, but you can request tutorial sessions, if needed. There's unparalleled support by the USMA faculty, most of whom live right on campus, and, in fact, West Point is regularly at the top of lists of colleges with the most-accessible faculty. Also and this is quite different from other high-quality colleges there are no teaching assistants at West Point; each class is taught by a fully trained and highly educated faculty member.

In addition to offering a top-notch college education, the West Point curriculum develops character, competence, and intellectual abilities the essential broad base of knowledge you'll need for success as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. At USMA, you'll participate in military training and study military science throughout your 47-month experience. Your field training will begin with Cadet Basic Training the day you enter West Point and will continue primarily in the summers as you gain opportunities to learn and practice the military skills and principles that are learned in the classroom, skills that will give you self-confidence and the assurance you'll need to effectively lead and mentor your Soldiers upon graduation.

Majors and Degrees Offered

It's a technological world out there, and of course today's Army relies heavily on science and technology. West Point offers a curriculum that readies cadets to be highly effective and intellectually skilled leaders. The academy's core curriculum consists of science, engineering, technology and math courses, and cadets choose their specialized studies from more than 40 majors that span the liberal arts, sciences and engineering disciplines that you would expect to find at any top-tier. Majors at West Point include: philosophy and literature, basic science, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, defense and strategic studies, economics, electrical engineering, electronic and information technology systems, engineering management, engineering psychology, environmental engineering, environmental geography, environmental science, environmental studies, foreign area studies (Africa, East Asia, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East), foreign languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish), geospatial information science, history, human geography, law and legal studies, kinesiology, leadership, life science, management, mathematical sciences, mathematical studies, mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering studies, military art and science, nuclear engineering, nuclear engineering science, operations research, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, systems engineering, and systems management. At graduation, all cadets join the legendary "Long Gray Line" of West Point graduates having earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Information Technology

  • Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Systems Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Chemical Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
  • Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • American History (United States)
  • History, Other
  • Military History

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Studies, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other

  • Military Technologies

  • Military Applied Sciences

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Cognitive Science
  • Systems Science and Theory

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Applied Psychology

  • Social Sciences

  • American Government and Politics (United States)
  • Cartography
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

Students Say

Duty. Honor. Country. Having produced two U.S. presidents, numerous generals, and 74 Medal of Honor recipients in its 210 years in existence, an institution such as West Point doesn’t need to hear outside praise. The rigorous admission process (you must be nominated by your Congressional representative just to apply) is just the start of the character building process on the way to “working hard to develop yourself into the best student, leader and officer you can be.” “It's a lot of work, you don't have a lot of free time, but the education you receive will pay dividends in the long run,” says a sophomore.
“Leadership is what West Point is all about,” and cadets are held to “high standards” of “selfless service to the U.S. people and Constitution” from the second they set foot on campus. The heavy academic load is “rigorous and very challenging,” but the professors (both civilian and officers) are “very personable” and “truly strive to stimulate our minds with the material they are teaching.” “They provide relevant and exciting application to material covered in class” and are “role models for the cadets to look at and emulate” (almost all professors live on campus). “I have never had a teacher here that doesn’t love their job. They really are here for our assistance,” says a cadet.
The classroom system “forces students to take responsibility for their own education” and “countless opportunities” are presented to cadets, “whether they be academic, athletic, or a hobby.” Classes are rarely bigger than eighteen cadets thereby setting the conditions for one-on-one with the professor, and are “100 percent discussion based,” “so…are always interesting.” As one physics and nuclear engineering major sums up: “West Point is not just an institution of higher learning. The academy is a culture that immerses me in academics, discipline, and physical rigors.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th President of the US

Colonel “Buzz” Aldrin
2nd man to walk on moon

General Douglas MacArthur
Led allies to victory ion WW11

John Block
Secretary of Agriculture, Reagan Administration, 1981-86

Michael W. Krzyzewski (Coach K)
Head men’s basketball coach for Duke University

Rebecca S. halstead
First female graduate of West Point to become a general officer.

Pete Dawkins
Heisman Trophy Winner and Rhodes Scholar

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
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Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

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ROI & Outcomes

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Students Say

Upon graduation, all cadets receive a Bachelor of Science degree and most are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army (foreign cadets are commissioned into the armies of their home countries), though a small number apply for a cross-commission, in which they request another branch of the armed services. “It’s a free education, opportunities to study abroad (FOR FREE) among other amazing opportunities, and a job guaranteed to us at the end of the line,” says a cadet. The precise courses and wide range of majors are “good preparation for a both a military and civilian career in the future.” Of the West Point graduates who visited PayScale.com, sixty-six percent reported feeling their job had a meaningful impact on the world. The median starting salary was $75,100.

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

As a cadet, you are a member of the U.S. Army and receive a full scholarship and an annual salary. There is no tuition charge, but there is a requirement for an initial deposit. Room, board, and medical and dental care are provided by the United States Government. A portion of the cadet pay is deposited to a "Cadet Account" to help pay for uniforms, books, a laptop computer, and incidentals. The only cost for cadets is a one-time deposit upon admission to defray the initial issue of uniforms, books, supplies, and equipment. If needed, loans of $100 to $2,000 are available for the deposit. Upon graduation, cadets are commissioned officers and incur a 5-year Active Duty service obligation and three years of reserve duty in the U.S. Army.

Financial Aid

All your tuition, room, board, and medical and dental expenses are paid by the U.S. Government, so you don’t need financial aid at West Point. If you get a scholarship that's not specifically designated for tuition, you can use it to offset the cost of the initial deposit usually about $2,000 which is your only out-of-pocket expense.


Application Deadlines

Bottom Line

Tuition is free, and all cadets receive a monthly stipend of approximately $10,000 a year. All graduates must serve at least five years of active duty (beginning as a second lieutenant in the Army) and three years in a Reserve Component, a total of eight years, after graduation. Cadets are expected to pay a fee upon admission to the academy. This $2,000 is not only a commitment to attend, but will be used to defray the costs of uniforms, books, and a computer— essential items for every cadet. The active-duty obligation is the nation’s return on a West Point graduate’s fully funded, four-year college education that is valued in excess of $225,000.

Bang For Your Buck

The doors West Point opens are innumerable, and those doors don’t just lead to military careers. Joining “the Long Gray Line” of West Point graduates is a mark of distinction, and one that can carry over into civilian life. Training for a future career outside of the military can begin during the service obligation, as during senior year, cadets find out which specialized field, or “branch,” they will enter (options include combat branches, support branches and intelligence, and even the Medical Service Corps). Both the needs of the Army and cadet preferences will be considered.

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From The School

Another top ranking that USMA often earns is on lists of "Most to do on Campus," and though the West Point experience is rigorous, cadets still find time to enjoy activities outside of the classroom. To begin with, "Army" has 26 NCAA teams, so players and fans, alike, have something to cheer for all year long, and one of the oldest and most famous college football rivalries Army-Navy provides a week of festivities each fall. And with more than 100 clubs at West Point, there's something that will interest you no matter where your interests lie. Clubs include snowboarding (there's a ski center right on campus), inline hockey, motorcycle, and mixed martial arts; to Theater Arts Guild, and WKDT radio station, and so many more something for everyone.

West Point's Eisenhower Hall is one of the area's premier performance centers. It has the second-largest stage (after Radio City Music Hall) in the country, and its performance schedules regularly include famous comedians, musicians, and Broadway shows.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


American Indian or Alaskan Native

93% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Students Say

Those who choose to go to West Point “are like machines”: “smart, focused, physically fit, and disciplined.” Students are naturally very close with members of their company, and all “clean cut, in shape” students “have a place and fit in increasingly you progress through the classes.” “You go through hardships and tough challenges that bring you closer than I imagine any other interstudent relations could ever attain,” says one cadet. There are plenty of “strong willed” “alpha males/females” to be found in this “very cohesive unit,” as “people work tirelessly to succeed” and “are committed to service in the military.”


From The School


It's hard to beat the location of West Point; the campus is on 16,000 bucolic acres on a picturesque bluff overlooking the majestic Hudson River. But the serenity of the setting is belies the fact that in less than one hour you can be in the middle of Manhattan arguably the most exciting city in the world as West Point is only 50 miles north of New York City. This proximity to the city allows cadets opportunities available at no other college, like participating in Major League Baseball All-Star Game ceremonies, visiting the sets of major TV networks, singing backup to Billy Joel … the opportunities seem endless! But the campus, itself, is spectacular, and not just because of its unparalleled beauty. Not only is it a historic landmark, noteworthy since the time of the Revolutionary War, but USMA has some of the finest, state-of-the-art educational, athletic and military-training facilities in the nation, if not the world.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Through the years, West Point has carefully crafted an electronic environment in which every course has integrated computer use, so cadets and faculty enjoy a first-class information technology environment with the latest electronic media tools. Every cadet has a notebook computer, and the entire community is connected to a large array of powerful academic computing services, with campus-wide, unlimited access to the internet.

At West Point you'll find state-of-the-art facilities in every area. In academics, the Thomas Jefferson Hall Cadet Library and Learning Center is a beautiful, 148,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art learning facility. Each floor has an atrium with computer terminals and internet access, plenty of lounge chairs, and panoramic views. Multiple plasma screens and a complete audio-video a media studio with computers, scanners, and A/V equipment; a technology training lab Jefferson Hall offers everything a student could want and more! There's even a cafe on the first floor, where cadets can relax with a specialty coffee and a snack.

In the sports and fitness category, the Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center is a 495,000-square-foot, first-class physical development and fitness training facility that features two gyms, two pools, 24 basketball courts, three boxing rings, a sports medicine complex … even a rock-climbing wall. Also among the academy's sports venues is Michie Stadium, the home of Army Football. Because of the beautiful view offered by its location overlooking the Hudson River and partly because of the pageantry and tradition of Army Football, Michie Stadium is known to be one of the best places in the country to enjoy a college football game, and, in fact, Sports Illustrated named Michie Stadium the No. 3 sports venue of the 20th century

Campus Life

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Students Say

To put it artfully, there “is not a better place on the planet to learn time management skills.” “There is a lot of hard work to be done preparing for officership,” says a cadet. Everyone is busy “from when they wake up until they go to bed,” and “people generally think about getting by their classes and making it to the weekend,” when cadets love “to play sports and watch Netflix.” As cadets get older, they gain more privileges to leave for weekends, but some do wish that the school administration were into “giving the students more freedoms,” particularly the freshmen, whose lives mainly consist of “observing the upperclassmen's leadership styles, going to classes, and working out.” However, above everything else “cadets have a strong love of traveling America and the world during their breaks.”
Since all activities and meals are based off a daily schedule, “everything is run like a clock, and we are expected at certain places at certain times.” “Food in the mess hall is free to cadets, but very low in quality,” and gets worked off quickly in the many trips to the gym. All students are athletes and “must play a sport at some level.” There is “a strong culture of athleticism, national service, and freedom to pursue whatever you are interested [in],” but for the four years you are at West Point, “life doesn’t include parties” and “it doesn’t includ[e] drinking or drugs.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

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Athletic Division
Division I

68% participate in intramural sports
32% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Black Knights)
19 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Light Weight Football
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Black Knights)
14 Sports

Cross Country
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Student Services



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Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

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Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Contract is put out for bid each year

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

606 Thayer Rd.
West Point, NY 10996

845 938-5760/5759


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cadet Chapel
Jefferson Hall Library
Eisenhower Hall
Michie Stadium
Trophy Point
Fort Putnam, West Point Cemetery, and West Point Museum.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
New York City
Bear Mountain State Park
Hyde Park
Woodbury Commons

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
7:30am-4pm; 8am-noon
845 938-5760/5759

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Academic Year
Times: Mon-Fri, beginning 9am
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

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Overnight Dorm Stays

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Available only to admitted or admissible candidates; approval must be granted by the admissions officer responsible for candidate's file.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Stewart Airport in Newburgh is 20 miles from the academy. Rental cars and taxis are available at the airport for the trip to West Point.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The main highways leading to the academy are U.S. Rte. 9W and the Palisades Interstate Pkwy.; a more scenic Rte. is NY State Rte. 218. From these roads, follow direction signs to West Point and the Academy.

Local Accommodations
Hotel Thayer is on campus (914-446-4731) overlooking the majestic Hudson River. Rates are moderate. Within a couple of miles of West Point are the U.S. Academy Motel (Rte. 218, Highland Falls; 914-446-2021) and the Best Western Palisades Motel (Rtes. 218 and 94, Highland Falls; 914-446-9400). Both are inexpensive. By far the most interesting choice is Bear Mountain Inn (Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain; 914-786-2731), a 1920 lodge with a lovely view of the Hudson, an outdoor pool, a gift shop, a restaurant, and hiking trails. Rates are moderate on the weekend and at the top of the inexpensive range during the week.

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