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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.

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From The School


Overview

Applicants
12,973
Acceptance Rate
10%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
585 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component required

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
611
with Terminal Degree
317

490
Men
121
Women
63
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
86%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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 Technology.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • 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.

  • ENGINEERING.

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

  • 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.
  • Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate).

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, Other.

  • MILITARY TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLIED SCIENCES.

  • Military Applied Sciences, Other.

  • 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.

  • Astrophysics.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physical Sciences.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Applied Psychology.
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • American Government and Politics (United States).
  • Economics, General.
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • International Relations and National Security Studies, Other.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.


Students Say

Throughout its more than 200 year history, the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York has produced United States presidents, NASA astronauts, notable generals, business leaders and many medal of honor recipients. So it is no wonder that cadets say the academy's "leadership training is second to none." Cadets praise the school for "helping the students succeed not only in the classroom, but also outside in our daily lives as people and as leaders" by pairing "academic vigor" with "[experiences] which enrich your character and ultimately make you a better person." The academy extends its holistic education "with countless academic enrichment activities," like "trips all over the world during spring break with the history department," "scuba diving with NASA" or parachuting lessons. The United States Military Academy also "sends cadets all over the world for study abroad" and gives students practical experience to apply what they learn in the classroom through programs like Advanced Individual Academic Development where students say they can work at "government research facilities during the summer doing relevant and cutting edge research." Professors are universally admired as "amazing," "very accessible and devoted" to their students. Students say this contributes an environment where "everyone goes to all classes and cares about academics." "Academics are hard," but because professors "[teach] only a few sections," "aren't sidetracked by research while they are teaching" and are willing to "bend over backwards to accommodate" the busy schedules of West Point cadets, any student can "succeed if you're willing to ask" for help.

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th President of the US

Buzz Aldrin
2nd man to walk on moon

General Douglas MacArthur
Led allies to victory in World War II

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
82%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
86%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$75,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$144,300

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$79,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$151,000

Percent High Job Meaning
65%

Percent STEM
43%


Students Say

West Point's specialized courses and its wide range of majors are “good preparation for a both a military and civilian career in the future. “People just trust you more because they understand that the type of people West Point produces are top-notch,” says one. Almost all West Point graduates become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army, starting off as a 2nd Lieutenant and possibly working their way up to a Colonel, though a small number can “cross-commission” and go to another branch of the military. During their second summer, all undergo cadet field training at a nearby camp, where they may serve as instructors the following summer. Of the United States Military Academy alumni visiting PayScale.com, 65 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

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Dates

Application Deadlines

Financial Aid Statistics


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

On-Campus Room and Board
$0
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 


Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,491
Foreign Countries Represented
29

Demographics

1.16%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
8.28%
Asian
12.07%
African-American
10.09%
Hispanic
62.37%
Caucasian
1.29%
Unknown
1.20%
International

94% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Students Say

The academy's unique application process requires students be nominated by their congressional representative, so cadets assure us that they "never cease to be impressed with [their] peers," who are some "of the smartest sons and daughters of America." Cadets provide a litany of praise for their peers: "People are courteous, respectful, honest, honorable, and simply amazing at West Point USMA." Cadets say that their "shared hardships foster an environment of camaraderie unparalleled anywhere else in the world." Many stress the importance of teamwork, cooperation and leadership, explaining that "by the time you become a senior, you may be responsible for 120 other people." Cadets say the student body is geographically diverse with "students from every state in the US." represented as well as "some students from other countries like, Nigeria, Qatar, and France."

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Dorms Coed

Students Say

To put it mildly, "life is extremely busy" at West Point. "Time management is one the biggest things that you [will] learn" one cadet advises. Most days start with "formation in the morning before 7:30 a.m . classes" and cadets "are either working, in class, or exercising for most of the day. After classes are over at 4:00 P .m .," time is divided between activities and studies. "Every cadet is required to play a sport," but that doesn't necessarily mean that everyone is an athlete. While most admit that they "live a regimented lifestyle," cadets still nonetheless find ways to relax and socialize: "upper class [cadets] often go to one of the bars on post and drink till TAPS, when everyone must be in their rooms. We play video games, go to clubs, play instruments, and go to NYC on the weekends for fun." The academic schedules of first and second year students are pre-selected "but junior and senior classes are chosen on your own depending on your major." Students praise the system because "you don't have to worry about a class filling up," and cadets "can study ANY major they want because we are all guaranteed a great job after graduation." And like any old institution there are "a lot of silly traditions that we hold on to long after we're gone."

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

66% participate in intramural sports
29% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Black Knights)
19 Sports

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

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Spectrum- To educate the Academy Community and Corps of Cadets on matters pertaining to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning (LGBQ) community. To provide a support network for LGBQ cadets and their straight allies. To foster positive relations between all individuals regardless of their orientation.

Minority Support Groups: West Point is committed to enhancing the educational experience of cadets from underrepresented populations. Additionally, we strive to create an environment that reflects the multicultural nature of all West Point cadets. Our programs are designed to support and challenge cadets. We provide opportunities for students to engage in multicultural initiatives and celebrations through our diversity clubs, educational programs, community service, mentoring, and academic support.

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Contract is put out for bid each year. All new cadets receive a laptop, printer, personal digital assistant (PDA), and portable memory device. The laptop and printer devices typically have four years of maintenance support at our onsite repair facility so that cadet technology is repaired the same day that it is submitted for repair. Cadets should plan to use this technology to accomplish their daily tasks. The Military Academy does not grant exceptions to policy to utilize different devices as it sets new cadets up for failure if their devices should fail.

Campus Visits Contact

Address
606 Thayer Rd.
West Point, NY 10996

Phone
845 938-5760/5759

Email
admissions-info@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
845 938-5760/5759

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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