West Point, NY
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Reviews 359 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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2 College Senior

Academics: WAY too many Core (GenEd) courses to reach any level of expertise in your major.

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Drug tests. Random patrols. Horrible punishment for drinking violations. The list goes on.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: NO drugs and very limited alcohol access.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's the same 5 places you can order from. As long as its between 0530 and 1130 (curfew).

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: The safest place you could possibly be.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Cadet barracks are free. Most cadets are good people. You won't ever have anything stolen. The barracks are in terrible condition and are overcrowded.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: You can't live off campus. You have to live in the cadet barracks.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Hey, it's free and you actually get a small monthly pay.

2 College Senior

Weather: Summer is hot and humid with no wind. Winter is cold and windy. Walking to class sucks. Summer training sucks.

2 College Senior

Guys & Girls: As a guy, it sucks. 15% of the school are girls. 75% of those are not gay (the military tends to attract butch girls. Not a bad thing at all, just saying). 25% of those are attractive. 75% of those are not freshmen (freshmen are off limits, you'll get in trouble for fraternization). That leaves you with about 2% of the school that 85% (guys) of the school wants. And with the new SHARP program, female cadets are dangerous as well and could ruin your career.

2 College Senior

Facilities: Arvin gym is poorly designed (why are the hallways so big, why do we have 6 indoor basketball courts, why is the weight room so small, and why are most of cardio machines broken) not to mention it's packed to the point of being useless during hours after class.

Cadet barracks are falling apart into ruin (sounds like a hyperbole, but it really isn't) and people are being jammed 3 people into a room designed for 2.

Library is huge but I don't need history books (CS major).

Hangout places don't really exist since nobody wants to have to put on a uniform to "hangout"

Did I mention the food sucks?

4 College Senior

Diversity: The place is mostly christian, white male, and conservative, but everyone has way more in different that that sounds. And being military oriented, nobody really gives a shit. Everyone is only interested in making it out alive regardless of sex, creed, or origin. The topic never comes up in conversation either.

2 College Senior

Computers: You can only use the issued Dell laptops on the network here. They are pretty bad. The network is painfully slow too.

College Senior

Majors: There's no application process for a major. You just pick.

2 College Senior

Majors: Computer Science is a four year degree. Here at West Point, it's only two. How in depth do you think you're going to get? Even with 6 hours of class and 4 hours of homework a day, I still haven't even seen C.

2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Highland falls is filled with weird townies. The military post is overrun by apathetic Majors (Army rank).

2 College Senior

Overall Experience: If you truly care about serving in the US Army, either enlist or do ROTC somewhere else. There is no reason you should allow West Point to continue its scam by using you.

The only reason this place is still around is because cadets never speak out and the admissions/PAO are the only ones allowed to talk to the public. If people really knew how incompetent the staff here is, West Point would have shut down a long time ago.

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1 College Senior

Nightlife: The Firstie bar is open to seniors from 6:30 to 11. And that's it.

1 College Senior

Campus Dining: Mess hall food straight up sucks. It's open for very limited times and there's only one on-campus deli that is ludicrously expensive. Delivery from neighboring towns takes an hour at minimum and they are often late as you wait outside in the cold on the street corner.

3 College Senior

Academics: There is a fantastic faculty to student ratio. HOWEVER, most of these professors just recently got their Master's and have no experience in teaching. They may also not be interested in helping students who are taking the GenEd courses. Sometime the professors lack the experience to even help you (looking at you EECS). Also, you will take so many GenEd cources (known as Core classes) that you won't gain any real proficiency in your major.

2 College Senior

Athletics: The NCAA athletes have some of the best facilities. The rest of us however are put by the way side with a single, small weight room for 2000 non-NCAA cadets. IM sports are mandatory by the way. And you won't get to play a sport you enjoy until you're a junior though. The freshmen and sophomores are forced to play the sports nobody else wants.

1 College Senior

Transportation: Cars (only for seniors) are only allowed to be parked 1 mile up a 15% grade hill. These are often mandated to be moved to an isolated training location so that visitors can park their car in the Cadet Parking areas for sporting events.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are really hard here, especially if your not a math guy...

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: it's alright, what you would expect from army medical

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: We get drug tested randomly at 0530 throughout the school year. it sucks dick


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Ryan Peckyno
Bradford, Pa.
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West Point takes pride in attracting the top talent from across the nation. The extensive application process is one of the many indicators as to the type of student that applies to West Point. Applying to West Point is best described as a process of attrition. Each year, more than 10,000 prospective high school juniors and seniors submit requests for information on West Point. Applicants are assessed, and approximately 2,000 are qualified through West Point's academic, physical, and medical criteria. Of this number, West Point admits between 1,150 and 1,200 young men and women each year. Candidates are evaluated for admission on the basis of academic performance (high school record and SAT or ACT scores, as well as SAT II subject test scores), demonstrated leadership potential, physical aptitude, and medical qualification. Each candidate must also obtain a nomination from a member of Congress or from the Department of the Army. West Point seeks a class composition of top scholars, leaders, athletes, women, and minorities to maintain a diverse collegiate environment and student body. As you can see, the application process is quite extensive. A result of the difficult admissions procedures and requirements for graduation is that, when most cadets or old grads are asked about their alma mater, it is usually quite obvious that they are excessively proud of the fact they attended West Point.

Even those cadets that have to leave—for reasons ranging from academic failures, integrity violations, or voluntary separation—do not seem to harbor any resentment. After they take the time to reflect on the experiences they had as a cadet, they are usually humbled by the fact that they had the opportunity to either find out West Point wasn't for them or to experience failure early on in their lives. West Point students tend to quickly learn from their experiences and, if they first don't succeed, they are normally successful elsewhere. A quick examination of history would show that some of West Point's most famous cadets are those that did not graduate. On the other hand, graduates of West Point have been involved first-hand with much of the history that is taught in the classrooms. Students apply to West Point for a variety of reasons. However, all of those that apply share one thing in common: They are patriotic individuals who want to make a difference, people who want to look back on their lives and feel a sense of accomplishment. When you graduate from West Point, you'll have the skills to do just that—make history!

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