Students Say

Duty. Honor. Country. Having produced two U.S. presidents, numerous gener­ als, and 74 Medal of Honor recipients in its 210 years in existence, an institu­ tion such as West Point doesn't need to hear outside praise. The rigorous admission process (you must be nominated by your Congressional representa­ tive 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 educa­ tion you receive will pay dividends in the long run," says a sophomore.

Overview

Applicants
14,977
Acceptance Rate
9%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 690
SAT Math
590 - 700
ACT Composite
26 - 31

Deadlines


Regular
February 28

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Duty. Honor. Country. Having produced two U.S. presidents, numerous gener­ als, and 74 Medal of Honor recipients in its 210 years in existence, an institu­ tion such as West Point doesn't need to hear outside praise. The rigorous admission process (you must be nominated by your Congressional representa­ tive 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 educa­ tion 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 stan­ dards" of ""selfless service to the U.S. people and Constitution" from the sec­ ond they set foot on campus. The heavy academic load is "rigorous and very challenging," but the professors (both civilian and officers) are "very person­ able" and "truly strive to stimulate our minds with the material they are teach­ ing." "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."


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
612
with Terminal Degree
282

500
Men
112
Women
67
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
98%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
81%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

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

Overview

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.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
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.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$0

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$0

Average Need-Based Loan
$0

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$0

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
0%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$0

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$0
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$0

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

At the United States Military Academy all students receive a full scholarship, including room & board and medical- and dental-care are provided by the U.S. Army. The only cost for students is a one-time deposit upon admission to defray the initial costs of uniforms, books, supplies, and equipment and fees; however cadets are on Active Duty Status as members of the U.S. Army and receive an annual salary. A cadet’s salary pays for uniforms, activities, services, books, and various other personal items and services. . If needed loans of $ 100 to $ 2 , 000 are available for the deposit. Upon graduation, cadets are commissioned officers and obligate to five years of active-duty and three years of reserve duty in the U.S. Army.
Need-Based Other

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Those who choose to go to WestPoint "are like machines": "smart, focused, physi­ cally 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 increas­ ingly 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."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,414
Out of State
93%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
33

Demographics

1.17%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
5.67%
Asian
9.22%
African-American
11.61%
Hispanic
67.58%
Caucasian
1.74%
Unknown
1.28%
International

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

Overview

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 week­ end," when cadets love "to play sports and watchNetflix."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 ser­ vice, 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."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
100%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
74
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
86
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
12

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

81% participate in intramural sports
30% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Black Knights)
18 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Light Weight Football
Riflery
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Black Knights)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Riflery
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health

Sustainability

Green Rating
70

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
350

Average Number of PC's per Lab
28

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
No

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Contract is put out for bid each year

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Micheal Doyle
Visiting Coordinator

Address
606 Thayer Rd.
West Point, NY 10996

Phone
845-938-5760

Email
Micheal.Doyle@usma.edu

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
Catskills

Campus Tours

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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

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

Transportation

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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Key Stats

14,977
Applicants
4,414
Size
9%
Acceptance Rate
1280
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists