United States Military Academy

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Located in West Point, New York, most people know it as West Point, Army, The Academy or simply, The Point, but its official name is the United States Military Academy. Founded well over a century ago, the United States Military Academy is one of the oldest, most prestigious and well-known military academy/institutions of higher learning in the United States. It is considered by many, including Forbes, Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report, to offer one of the best liberal arts educations in the nation.

The educational curriculum at West Point includes, not only a rigorous academic schedule, but physical and mental training as well that is designed to prepare cadets (West Point students) for service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Like many schools of its stature, West Point offers four-year bachelor’s degree programs. Bachelor degree programs require students to complete 26 core classes and then any additional courses associated with their selected major. West Point currently offers a large selection of over 35 different majors that students can choose from.

All cadets at West Point are required to serve in the army, both domestically and abroad, during the third and fourth years of their academic program.

When most people think of West Point, they immediately think “strict, rigid, military school.” Yes, West Point is a strict military school that holds its students to the highest academic standards, but what most people don’t know is that West Point is really a fun school that offers students an impressive selection of extracurricular and recreational activities. West Point has its own ski slope, golf course, and skating rink, and offers students the opportunity to participate in more traditional sports activities you’d expect to see at other colleges, such as football, baseball and basketball.

West Point is a competitive school and only the best need apply. Prospective cadets are evaluated based on their academic record, physical aptitude and leadership potential.

Admission Office

646 Swift Road

West Point, NY 10996-1905

(845) 938-5760

Contact: Deborah McDonald

Director of Admissions
Main Address

606 Thayer Road

West Point, NY 10996-5000

(845) 938-4041


Total undergrads: 4,553

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,263

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,553


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 11%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 84%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
College-preparatory program: Recommended
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 13,954
Percent Admitted: 11%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 84%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 560 (25th Percentile)
  • 680 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 590 (25th Percentile)
  • 690 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 550 (25th Percentile)
  • 660 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 25 (25th Percentile)
  • 31 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 25 (25th Percentile)
  • 31 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 25 (25th Percentile)
  • 31 (75th Percentile)

ACT Writing

  • 7 (25th Percentile)
  • 9 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

All Degrees and Programs

Total of All Education Programs 993
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 17
African Studies 2
East Asian Studies 2
European Studies/Civilization 1
Latin American Studies 3
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 6
Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)
Russian Studies 3
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 21
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 21
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 70
Business Administration and Management 66
Organizational Behavior Studies 4
Computing and Information Sciences 30
Computer and Information Sciences 16
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology 14
Engineering 239
Chemical Engineering 13
Civil Engineering 61
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 20
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 11
Mechanical Engineering 69
Nuclear Engineering 8
Operations Research 12
Systems Engineering 45
Engineering Technology 64
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 1
Engineering/Industrial Management 63
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 109
Arabic Language and Literature 18
Chinese Language and Literature 16
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 21
French Language and Literature 13
German Language and Literature 7
Portuguese Language and Literature 10
Russian Language and Literature 14
Spanish Language and Literature 10
History 54
American History (United States) 13
European History
History, Other 41
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 17
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 17
Mathematics and Statistics 18
Mathematics 15
Mathematics, Other 3
Statistics, Other
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences 27
Military Applied Sciences, Other 27
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 53
Cognitive Science 27
Systems Science and Theory 26
Natural Resources and Conservation 39
Environmental Science 23
Environmental Studies 16
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 15
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 15
Physical Sciences 19
Chemistry 7
Physical Sciences
Physics 12
Psychology 16
Psychology 16
Social Sciences 185
American Government and Politics (United States) 24
Economics 57
Geography 58
International Relations and Affairs 26
Political Science and Government 5
Social Sciences, Other
Sociology 15

Above data represents first majors only.

(-) Indicates that a program is not offered at this level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African Studies B
East Asian Studies B
European Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Near/Middle Eastern Studies B
Regional Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Information Sciences/Systems B
Information Technology B


Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Environmental Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Nuclear Engineering B
Operations Research B
Systems Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Chemical Engineering Studies B
Civil Engineering/Technology B
Engineering/Industrial Management B
Environmental Engineering Technology B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B
Nuclear B

Foreign Language & Literature

Arabic B
Chinese B
French B
German B
Portuguese B
Russian B
Spanish B


American History (U.S.) B
European History B
International B
International & Strategic B
Military B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B


Applied Statistics B
Mathematics – General B

Military Technologies

Military Technologies B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Cognitive Science B
Systems Science/Theory B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

American Government/Politics B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Terrorism Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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