West Point, NY
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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2 College Senior

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

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.

3 College Freshman

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

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics are uncomparable. There are so many opporutinties and experiences. They are challenging but the teachers are outstanding and will always help, any time of the day or night.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The curriculum is amazing. The teachers go out of their way to make sure that you understand the material. The work load is average but the opportunities and experiences are uncomparable.


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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 10 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 10 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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