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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Thayer method does not work as well as you would think.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: We are required to take a lot of classes and they aren't really important until you get into your major.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Teachers are SUPER accommodating, and all major's try to give you really cool experiences whether its on campus, or sending you to another country for free.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Best teachers in the world

2 College Senior

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

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 73rd
    Most Available Classes
  • 77th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 107th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 107th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 242nd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ryan Peckyno
Bradford, Pa.
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Most students at West Point feel that academics are both challenging and competitive. The professors are there to teach and not to do research. As a result, they are more than willing to go out of their way to help students, as long as the students themselves are willing to expend the necessary effort. The poise and professionalism associated with the military is definitely present in the classroom. Also, students should expect to be challenged. Students will tell you that collaboration, especially with the smaller class sizes, can be essential to educational accomplishment. That's not to say that the faculty isn't there to help you, though. At West Point, everyone has a stake in your development, and although students are competitive, most would agree that this does not override the need to work as a team.

Succeeding academically at West Point involves two major skills: working with other people and managing time. West Point is as rigorous academically as it is physically demanding of cadets. With all of the other requirements of the Academy, it can be hard to find time for studying. Cadets have to learn early how to fit everything in when the days seem so short. Still, students seem to agree that if you were accepted and are willing to work hard, you can make it through. Everyone agrees that cadets receive one of the finest educations in the world.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 93%
  • 20 to 49 students: 7%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • Engineering/Industrial Management: 3%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 4%
  • Systems Engineering: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Military science and physical education
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Academic department libraries
  • Barracks room
  • Company study room
  • Grant Hall
  • Main library
Tips to Succeed
  • Always give 100 percent, all of the time.
  • Ask questions, and show a sincere interest to learn, and take advantage of the limitless opportunities that are available.
  • Don't take things personally. And when you fail—notice it's "when" you fail at something—learn how to rebound quickly.
Did You Know?
  • West Point conducts the Invitational Academic Workshop (IAW) for high school juniors going into their senior year. It is a fast-paced program of academic workshops, military training, physical fitness training, and intramural athletics conducted during the second or third week of June each year. West Point cadets serve as squad leaders for all aspects of the week-long workshop. Four hundred high school juniors can attend the workshop each year from an applicant pool of approximately 800 to 1,000 annually.
  • West Point offers 21 majors and 24 different fields of study. A major requires a cadet to take 10 to 13 electives in a specific major and write a thesis or complete a design project. A major is a more enhanced, enriched academic experience with greater depth in the area of concentration. A field of study, which is usually recommended for cadets who are struggling academically (GPA around 2.0), requires nine electives be taken in order to graduate. Approximately 75 percent of the cadets elect to take a major.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 10 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 11 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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