U.S. Military Academy, West Point
West Point, New York 10996
Fax (512) 245-8044
3,480 men/520 women
Number who applied:
Average SAT scores:
V 623 M 643
Average ACT scores:
28 (Sci Reas)
*An initial deposit of between $2,600 and $2,900 is required to offset costs of uniforms and supplies
West Point graduates have served in capacities as varied as the nation's needs. In addition to the many military leaders, their numbers include two Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Others are ambassadors, statesmen, legislators, judges, cabinet members, educators, religious leaders, and corporation executives.
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United States Military Academy
West Point, New York 10996
U.S. Military Academy cadets at West Point.
College Description / Campus Visit The United States Military Academy, our nation's oldest service academy, is located in New York's picturesque Hudson Valley, approximately 50 miles north of New York City. West Point offers young men and women one of the most highly respected educational programs in the country, providing a broad-based curriculum in the arts and sciences that is essential for the military profession. The Academy also maintains a degree of academic specialization comparable to that of civilian universities. Classes are small, typically numbering 12 to 18, and additional instruction is always available from the faculty. When students enter West Point, they are also launching a new profession. The Academy develops the nation's future Army leaders by immersing cadets in programs of academic, military, and physical development. Each of these programs is rooted in principles of ethical-moral development, epitomized by the Academy motto, "Duty, Honor, Country." Upon graduation, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army and are normally required to serve on active duty for at least five years.
The West Point academic program provides cadets with a strong background in the arts and sciences, and prepares them for future graduate study. The curriculum develops the character, competence, and intellectual ability of each cadet. The core curriculum provides a background in mathematics, physical science, engineering, humanities, behavioral science, and social science. All cadets also study military science and receive classroom instruction in the principles of small-unit tactics and leadership during a two-week intersession between the first and second semesters. Summer field training provides cadets with an opportunity to learn and practice their military skills and to apply the principles of tactics and leadership studied in the classroom. ð Most faculty members at West Point are Regular Army officers who hold advanced degrees from civilian colleges and universities; 30 percent have earned doctorates. The teaching faculty numbers nearly 500 and includes civilian professors and several visiting professors from civilian academic institutions.
Cadets come from all 50 states and from all walks of life. Several foreign countries are represented as well. This diversified mixture of young people provides an opportunity for establishing lifelong friendships. A cadet faces a busy schedule that starts early in the morning and ends late at night. Classes, physical education, extracurricular activities, and study time are all part of the daily academic-year schedule. Many colleges speak of the campus as a "community," but nowhere is there a better example of a true college community than at West Point. Instructors, most of whom are military officers, do not flood the roads leading off post at the end of the teaching day. Most reside on post. They provide additional instruction to cadets. They coach athletic teams, teach Sunday School, and serve as advisors to many clubs. Officers and their families are totally immersed in the college life and community activities at West Point.
Facilities and Resources
West Point maintains some of the finest facilities and equipment in the world as cadets and faculty members enjoy the benefits of the modern information age. There is a computer at every desk, and everyone is connected to a large array of very powerful academic computing services. Computer support is provided to cadets and faculty in classrooms, laboratories, and cadet barracks via more than 1,000 terminals and small computer systems. Each plebe (freshman) purchases his or her own personal computer. Among the research facilities are the Operations Research Center, the Photonics Research Center, the Office of Artificial Intelligence and Analysis, the Center for Leadership and Organizations Research, the Mathematical Sciences Center, the Mechanical Engineering Research Center, and the Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis. The research centers provide cadets with another opportunity to broaden their academic experience by focusing on research projects that have direct application to the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, and the nation.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
The athletic program at West Point is one of the most respected in the nation. It includes a 24-sport intercollegiate program for men and women that competes at the NCAA Division I-A level. There is a competitive club sports program and an extensive intramural program. The intramural program is administered by the Department of Physical Education. Every athletic facility one can think of is available at West Point. Michie Stadium, home of the Army football team, seats more then 39,000 and attracts capacity crowds throughout the fall season. The Holleder Center sports complex features 5,000-seat Christl Arena for basketball and 2,500-seat Tate Rink for hockey competition. Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center includes five separate gymnasiums and three swimming pools, including Crandall Pool, an Olympic-size 50-meter pool. There also are numerous special purpose rooms for squash, handball, racquetball, wrestling, and weight training. Gillis Field House is open for varsity and intramural indoor track competition. There is an all-weather outdoor track oval at Shea Stadium, indoor pistol and rifle ranges, numerous tennis courts, a ski slope, and an 18-hole golf course.
There are no financial aid programs because expenses are paid by the U.S. government, including tuition, room, board, and medical and dental expenses. Scholarship awards may be used by candidates to offset the cost of an initial deposit. Cadets, as members of the Army, receive an annual salary of approximately $6,500.
Admission Requirements / Application
Admission is open to all unmarried U.S. citizens who are at least 17 and have not reached their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the desired year of admission. Candidates must have no legal responsibility to support a dependent (e.g., a child). Candidates must seek a nomination from a legal authority (usually a member of Congress), preferably in the spring of their junior year in high school. All candidates must take either the standardized (timed) ACT or SAT. Applicants must also pass a Qualifying Medical Examination and a Physical Aptitude Examination. West Point has an Early Action Plan for well-qualified applicants who consider West Point their first choice among colleges of interest. Early Action Plan applicants must notify West Point of their intentions by October 25 and complete their application file by December 1. Applicants should complete a high school academic program of a college preparatory nature, including four years of English; four years of mathematics, including algebra, plane geometry, intermediate algebra, and trigonometry; two years of a foreign language; two years of a laboratory science; and a year each of chemistry, physics, and U.S. history. Additionally, courses in geography, government, and economics are helpful.
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