USMA Description

The United States Military Academy at West Point, familiar to most as simply West Point, is the oldest and most prestigious military academy in the United States.

Located in West Point, New York, 50 miles north of New York City, West Point has been honored by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes and Princeton Review as a top liberal arts school.

Cadets, as students at West Point are called, engage in rigorous academic study as well as physical, ethical, mental and spiritual training to prepare them for service in the U.S. Army.

A four-year coeducational federal service institution, West Point grants bachelor’s degrees to its cadets. There is a core curriculum consisting of 26 foundational courses which all cadets must take; they then add to that by selecting a major from one of more than 35 subject areas.

In their third and fourth summers of study, cadets serve in army units around the globe. Upon graduation they are commissioned as second lieutenants.

In addition to receiving acknowledgement for its unmatched academic and military training, West Point has also been lauded for its impressive extracurricular activities. Recreational and sports facilities include an on-campus skating rink, ski slope and golf course. Additionally, the cadets’ presence can be seen at such nationally relevant activities as Major League Baseball games.

Cadets at West Point have received some of the most distinguished awards including the Rhodes, Marshall and Truman scholarships.

Admissions committees evaluate prospective cadets in terms of their academic and physical aptitude and their leadership potential, making West Point a competitive school. For more information, contact the United States Military Academy at West Point directly.

Quick Facts about United States Military Academy at West Point

Region

Northeast

Type

Public

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Medium (2,000 to 5,000 Undergrad)

Mascots

Black Knights, Cadets

Nicknames

West Point , Army

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Most Selective

Retention Rate

95%

Enrollment

4,553

Year Established

1802

USMA Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
4,553
Freshman Class
1,312
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
4,553

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
100%
Graduate
%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
88%
Part-Time
12%

Gender of Students

Women
16%
Men
84%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
9%
African American
6%
Caucasian
77%
American Indian or Alaska native
1%
Asian
6%
Unknown and Other
1%

International Students

International
1%
Domestic
99%

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