United States Military Academy

600 Thayer Road, West Point, NY 10996 | (845) 938-4011

#12 (tie) in National Liberal Arts Colleges | Overall Score 87/100.0
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  • Out-of-state Tuition & Fees N/A
  • Room and Board N/A
  • Total Enrollment 4,389
  • Application Deadline Feb. 28

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United States Military Academy is a public institution that was founded in 1802. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,389, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 16,080 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. United States Military Academy's ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 12.

The United States Military Academy is located in West Point, N.Y., approximately 50 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River. The school, also known as USMA, West Point and Army, is the oldest of the country’s five federal service academies. Students, referred to as cadets, are officers in training, and their tuitions are funded by the U.S. Army in return for an active-service duty obligation. Army offers a wide range of extracurricular clubs, from the glee and gospel clubs to the ski and sailing clubs. The Army Black Knights participate in 24 intercollegiate varsity sports at the NCAA Division I level and are known for their rivalry with the Naval Academy, particularly in football. Every cadet is required to participate in an intercollegiate, club or intramural level sport each semester. Cadets live in barracks on campus all four years and receive a monthly stipend.

Army graduates earn a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Applicants must apply directly to the academy and receive a nomination from a congressional representative. A tradition on campus is the Ring Weekend, during which all seniors receive their class rings. Alumni and students are often referred to as "The Long Gray Line," and famous members include former U.S. presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ulysses S. Grant; former U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur; Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Confederate Army; former CIA Director David Petraeus; and AOL co-founder Jim Kimsey.

General Information

  • Public, Coed school type
  • 1802 year founded
  • N/A religious affiliation
  • Semester academic calendar
  • Suburban setting
  • $321.5 million 2016 endowment

School Mission and Unique Qualities

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If you are ready to change the world through your leadership and vision and have a strong sense of duty, honor and country, then the United States Military Academy at West Point is the place for you. Established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802, West Point is our nation's first service academy, and for more than 200 years it has helped shape men and women of character into leaders who don't wait for others to change the world, but start to change it from the moment they graduate. Cadets, as the students at West Point are called, are selected from the most successful members of their communities for their outstanding academic, physical, and leadership accomplishments. Every summer this challenging opportunity takes place when valedictorians, team captains, Eagle Scout/Gold Award winners, class presidents, and civic leaders come together for Cadet Basic Training as new cadets to start their 47-month "West Point Experience," which culminates into becoming a part of the "Long Gray Line" of West Point graduates. One of the world's premier schools in leadership excellence, West Point stresses the academic, military, character and physical development of each cadet to best prepare them for the leadership challenges and opportunities in the U.S. Army. The academic curriculum has over 45 Majors and Fields of Study that provides an excellent broadly structured undergraduate curriculum, that balances the physical sciences and engineering with the behavioral and social sciences that is geared towards developing the whole person, and providing a firm foundation for future intellectual growth. The goal is for every graduate to be able to think creatively and clearly and express original ideas on both technological and interpersonal issues. In addition to its formal curriculum, West Point offers its students numerous enrichment opportunities throughout the year that complement and reinforce the learning and development that cadets undergo in traditional academic, military, and physical setting, to include Conferences, Guest Speakers, a Semester Abroad, and Academic Individual Advanced Development ("Internship") that happen during the summer and involve travel to domestic and international locales where, in a real-life setting, cadets apply what they have learned in the classroom, on the playing field, and in training areas. Every cadet at the Academy participates in sports at his/her ability level throughout the academic year. Some compete at the varsity level of intercollegiate athletics, which has 28 NCAA Division I sports, while others are challenged at the intercollegiate club level or in West Point's company athletics program. In addition to sports, there are countless other activates for cadets to enjoy. For instance, there are over 80 academic, diversity, hobby, military, religious, and support clubs available to cadets and many social activities for cadets to attend. There is an on-post movie theater, frequent dances, a golf course, a ski slope, a bowling alley, boat ride, and tailgates. You will never hear a cadet say that he or she is bored. The final accomplishment is not graduation, but a commission into the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, fully ready to serve the Nation for five years on active duty followed by three years in the U.S. Army Reserves. West Point graduates have, and will continue to make wonderful contributions to our nation. West Point is indeed a special place.

2018 Rankings

United States Military Academy is ranked #12 in National Liberal Arts Colleges. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

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Undergraduate Information

Alumni Starting Salaries

Below are the median starting salaries by major for alumni of United States Military Academy.

Median starting salary of alumni: $80,300* *

Median starting salary of alumni: * $80,300*

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Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
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When applying to United States Military Academy, it's important to note the application deadline is Feb. 28. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due Feb. 28. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 10 percent.

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Selectivity: More selective 

Selectivity:  More selective

Fall 2016 acceptance rate: 10% 

Fall 2016 acceptance rate:  10%

Application deadline: Feb. 28 

Application deadline:  Feb. 28

SAT/ACT scores must be received by: Feb. 28 

SAT/ACT scores must be received by:  Feb. 28

Priority application deadline:

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at United States Military Academy is 7:1, and the school has 97.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at United States Military Academy include: Engineering; Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; and Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 94 percent.

Class sizes :
Classes with fewer than 20 students
50 or more
< 1%

Student-faculty ratio: 7:1 

Student-faculty ratio:  7:1

4-year graduation rate: 83% 

4-year graduation rate:  83%

Student Life

United States Military Academy has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,389, with a gender distribution of 80 percent male students and 20 percent female students. In sports, United States Military Academy is part of the NCAA I.

Student gender distribution:
80% Male

Total enrollment: 4,389 

Total enrollment:  4,389

Collegiate athletic association: NCAA I 

Collegiate athletic association:  NCAA I

Full-time degree-seeking students:

Cost & Financial Aid

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Minimum credits per term a student can take for full-time tuition price:

Campus Safety

Campus safety data are not available for this institution, or the school was not required by U.S. law to report these data to the federal government. This requirement currently exists only for institutions that participate in federal financial aid programs. Experts advise prospective students and their families to do their own research to evaluate the safety of a campus as well as the surrounding area.

Campus Services

United States Military Academy offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, health service. United States Military Academy also offers campus safety and security services like 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.). Of the students at United States Military Academy, 20 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at United States Military Academy.

Students who have cars on campus: 20% 

Students who have cars on campus:  20%

Health insurance offered: No 

Health insurance offered:  No

Nearest airports (miles):

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