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United States Military Academy: Narrative Description


600 Thayer Rd.
West Point, NY 10996
Tel: (845)938-4011; Admissions: (845)938-4041; Fax: (845)938-3021; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Federally supported, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1802. Setting: 16,080-acre small town campus with easy access to New York City. Total enrollment: 4,242. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 12,688 applied, 10% were admitted. 50% from top 10% of their high school class, 81% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 192 National Merit Scholars, 234 class presidents, 100 valedictorians, 491 student government officers. Full-time: 4,242 students, 15% women, 85% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 25 other countries, 92% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 8% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0% 25 or older, 100% live on campus. Retention: 92% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; social sciences and history; physical sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, double major, summer session for credit. Off campus study at United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, United States Coast Guard Academy.

Entrance Requirements: Option: early action. Required: essay, high school transcript, 4 recommendations, medical examination, authorized nomination, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 3/21, 10/25 for early action. Notification: continuous until 6/1, 1/5 for early action.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0.

Collegiate Environment: Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run radio station. Social organizations: 120 open to all. Most popular organizations: Rugby Club, chapel choirs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Orienteering Team, Spirit Support Group. Major annual events: Graduation Week, Homecoming/Ring Weekend, Army-Navy Football Week. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 4,400 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. United States Military Academy Library plus 1 other with 457,340 books, 1,200 microform titles, 2,220 serials, 8,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 5,500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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