West Point

Brief description: The USMA is four-year coed federal service academy located in West Point, New York, overlooking the Hudson River. Founded in 1802, the campus is a national landmark.

High Honors: The admissions process for West Point is extremely competitive – candidates for admission must both apply and be nominated. Each year, approximately 1,000 cadets (in a student body of about 4,400) graduate and are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the US Army. In exchange for a commitment to active service duty after graduation, West Point cadets’ tuition is funded by the Army.

Pillars of Performance: Cadets are evaluated on their academic, physical and military potential. The Academic Program consists of 26 core courses plus elective courses and all cadets receive a Bachelor of Science degree. The Physical Program encompasses both physical education classes and competitive athletics, with every cadet participating in an intercollegiate, club or intramural level sport each semester. The Military Program begins on a cadet’s first day at West Point with Cadet Basic Training, followed by Cadet Field Training and active service in Army units around the world in years 2-4.

Fun Fact: West Point cadets work hard, but the campus also offers students various opportunities to relax, socialize and explore new hobbies. For example, on-campus facilities include a ski slope, skating rink and golf course.

Learn more – visit the USMA website at http://www.usma.edu