600 Thayer Road
West Point, NY 10996-2101
Type: Public institution
Year Founded: 1802
Religious Affilation: None
Academic Calendar: Semester
Size of Undergraduate Student Body: 4,231
Geographical Setting: Suburban
Application Fee: $N/A
Application Deadline: March 21
Selectivity: More selective
Tuition and Fees: $N/A
Basic Services Offered: nonremedial tutoring, health service
Remedial Services Offered: reading, math, writing, study skills
Counseling Services Offered: military, academic, psychological, religious
Career Services Offered: other
Students That Enter the Job Market…
Within 6 Months of Graduation: 100%
Within 1 Year of Graduation: 100%
Within 2 Years of Graduation: 100%
Firms that Hire Most Graduates: Upon graduation, graduates are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army and serve for at least five years on active duty as an Army officer.
Medical School: The Medical Program Advisory Committee (MPAC) is responsible for the evaluation of
Does the school have a library on campus? – Yes
Is it a member of a library consortia? – Yes
Number of books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents: 468,651
Number of current serial subscriptions: 1,100
Number of microforms: 1,200
Number of audiovisuals: 8,700
Number of ebooks: 49
Other library facilities: The USMA Library’s Special Collections and Archives include a large number of books published by and about West Point and the U.S. Military Academy, as well as the published writings of alumni. In addition to general histories, there are administrative reports, yearbooks, academic texts and commemorations of special events.
The USMA Library’s Special Collections and Archives include rich deposits of manuscript materials. In the Archives, there are unique Academy administrative and curricular materials, as well as cadet records. In Special Collections, there are unofficial papers of alumni and other individuals and entities associated with West Point and the Academy.
The U.S. Military Academy Library maintains extensive documentation of the history of West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, and Academy alumni in its Special Collections and Archives. These rich historical collections include extensive book, manuscript, and photograph holdings among other formats.
The USMA Library’s Special Collections and Archives include a large number of maps. Published and unpublished maps of West Point and its vicinity are well represented in the collections. Of particular note are manuscript maps of West Point produced by cadets as part of their course work.
Museums or other Special Academic Buildings on Campus: All visitors to the United States Military Academy are encouraged to tour the Museum to view what is considered to be the oldest and largest diversified public collection of miltaria in the Western Hemisphere.
The USMA Library’s Special Collections and Archives include vast photographic holdings focused on the history of West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, and Academy alumni. The Archives Collection includes the work of staff and contract photographers, while the Special Collections include donated and purchased photographs.
The Catholic Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity, designed by Heins and LaFarge, in the Norman Gothic style was built in 1899 and enlarged in 1959 under the direction of the noted Robert Robbins. This makes it the oldest house of worship of continuous use at the Academy.
The Cadet Chapel is a famous landmark and symbol of religious activities of the Military Academy and was designed by the renowned firm of Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson. Dedicated in 1910 and constructed of native granite, this building blends naturally into the surrounding landscape. The architecture combines the techniques and shapes of Gothic with the massiveness of medieval fortresses. This architectural theme subsequently dominated the other construction at West Point.
The Cadet Chapel organ (M.P. Moeller,) begun in 1911 and enlarged by memorial gifts is now the largest church organ in the world
The West Point Cemetery sits on a promontory once known as German Flats that overlooks the Hudson River and Constitution Island. There are more than 5,000 men and women buried here, among them, men who died in every American War from the Revolution to Vietnam. Revolutionary War soldiers and local residents were buried here for several years before it was officially named a military cemetery in 1817. An improved road to the cemetery was constructed in 1840, and the caretaker’s cottage was erected in 1872. Development and expansion of the grounds were made in 1890, 1900, and at various intervals to the present time. Internees include 16 Medal of Honor winners, 18 USMA Superintendents, noted sports heroes, wives and children, and many civilians and enlisted soldiers who made major contributions to the West Point community. Every gravestone has a story to tell – sometimes tragic, often inspirational – but all are threads in the fabric that has made the United States Military Academy the world famous institution it is today. The cemetery is the center of West Point, if not literally, than at least figuratively. It is a reference point and symbol for every graduate.
For more than 25 years, Eisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point has been the Hudson Valley’s premier home for the performing arts. The theater has hosted such luminaries as Bob Hope, Ethel Merman, Sarah Vaughn, Elton John, Billy Joel, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, George Burns, Bob Dylan, Milton Berle, James Taylor and countless others. Its theatre credits include CATS, West Side Story, South Pacific, Camelot, Les Miserables, A Chorus Line, Annie, Evita, Starlight Express, The King and I, Sunset Boulevard and many more.
The massive (193,000 sq. ft.) red brick venue is situated on the West bank of the picturesque Hudson Highlands on the historic grounds of the United States Military Academy. The auditorium, with its two balconies, large main orchestra level, huge stage and impressive technical capabilities, is New York state’s second largest theatre, next to New York’s Radio City Music Hall. In addition to the 4,400-seat theatre, the building houses the 1929 Gallery, which presents a variety of art showings from Hudson Valley artists throughout the season. Exhibits in the gallery change monthly, and are open to the public free of charge.
Is a computer course required? – Yes
Is a computer required? – Yes
Number of available computers for all students: 5,135
Available internet access? – Yes
Available email accounts? – Yes
Computers available in: computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
Number of available wired connections available in…
The Library (not including computer labs): 10
Other areas: 4,400
Is there a wireless network? – Yes
Where is wireless available? – in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in all college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing, in all school buildings and on all school property
Wireless simultaneous connection capacity: N/A
Recommended operating system: Microsoft
Percentage of hosting units owned by college for internet access: 100%
Are students permitted to have webpages? – Yes
Is there online registration? – Yes
Campus Safety Services Offered: 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)
Campus Life Overview
Percentage of undergrads that live in college-owned housing: 100%
Percentage of Male Undergrads Living in Fraternities: 0%
Percentage of Female Undergrads Living in Sororities: 0%
Percentage of students on campus on weekends: 90%
Does the school offer students housing? – Yes
Percentage of students living in college-owned housing: 100%
Housing available for all unmarried students? – Yes
If on-campus housing is unavailable, does school provide assistance? – No
Available types of campus housing: coed dorms (100%)
Percentage of college-owned housing units that are…
Triples or Suites: N/A
Number of college-owned housing buildings: 7
Percentage of college-owned housing units that have…
A sprinkler system: 57%
Fire alarms: 100%
Wired high-speed internet access: 100%
Campus Size: 16,080 acres
Transportation (distances in miles)
Nearest airport(s): Stewart International Airport – Newburgh, NY (18), Newark International Airport, Newark, NJ (45)
Nearest train station: Garrison, NY (Metro North) (10)
Nearest bus station: Newburgh, NY (18)
Does public transportation serve campus? – Yes
Are all students allowed to have cars on campus? – No
Percentage of students with cars on campus: 30%
Is there school employment? – No
Percent of undergraduates that worked on campus in 2005-2006: – 0%
Average undergraduate wage: 0
Are freshmen discouraged from working their first term? – Yes
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
Army ROTC: Not offered
Navy ROTC Not offered
Air Force ROTC: Not offered
Rules and Regulations
Is legal alcohol permitted on campus? – Yes
Other policies: class attendance mandatory, dress/hair code, honor code, hazing prohibited
Most popular events: In April of every year, West Point seems to blossom with cadets of all classes jogging up and down hills, sometimes in full combat gear. It can mean only one thing-teams from each of the 32 cadet companies are getting ready for the early spring challenge of the 36th Annual Sandhurst Competition. Back in 1967, the British Exchange officer at USMA arranged for the Commandant of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, to present a British officer’s sword to be awarded in a cadet regimental competition at West Point. A drill and ceremonies, corps squad participation, intramurals, and physical fitness award initially, in 1975 it was transformed into a squad military skills competition somewhat akin to the individual Military Stakes competition some graduates may recall from Camp Buckner. Teams from Sandhurst were first invited to compete in 1993, and a team from the Royal Military College in Canada was added in 1997. Army Football; Army-Navy Football Game; Plebe-Parent Weekend; Yearling Winter Weekend; 500th Night; Ring Weekend; 100th Night; Graduation Weekend; The United States Military Academy conducts the Invitational Academic Workshop (IAW) for academically gifted high school juniors going into their senior year. The IAW is a weeklong program of academic workshops, military training, physical fitness training and intramural athletics. 700 highly talented high school juniors going into their senior year are invited to attend the IAW each year. High school students who participate in the IAW are led and supervised by West Point cadets. The IAW will be conducted in two sessions in June. Session I will run from 3-9 June 2004. Session II will run from 10-16 June 2004.