Diversity

Location
West Point, NY
Undergrads
4,592
Tuition
$0
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: diversity is good, all different races and ethnicities

2 College Junior

Diversity: Although there is some diversity at West Point, most of the students here are white. West Point is mostly comprised of white males, but this could be due to the fact that more white males are drawn to the military than other races and genders. They do allow a certain number of slots for other races and genders, but overall there is not much diversity at West Point. In our institution, we are taught to accept and treat each individual with respect, no matter their race, religion, or sexual orientation. Since we are going to be officers in the United States Army, we will be dealing with soldiers of all backgrounds, so it is important that we learn how to work with and accept individuals of all backgrounds.

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2 College Senior

Diversity: Nearly every state of the Union is represented at the Academy. Most people (male/female) are white. Most people are male. At times, it's blatantly obvious that the student body lacks the ability to hold a larger sense of cultural competence with respect and regards to observances and respect.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: When everyone is in uniform, it is easy to forget race, religion, and background. While the culture at West Point is very conservative, it is possible to carry different beliefs and values. There are some people who hate, but the Army is quick to silence explicit intolerance.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ryan Peckyno
Hometown
Bradford, Pa.
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Students agree that West Point is extremely diverse. Even though West Point only has a student body of approximately 4,000 cadets, students come from across the United States. There is also a large international population. At West Point, you will meet students with all sorts of backgrounds. Because of policy and procedure, excessive display of political tilts in either direction is discouraged most times. The campus does not openly accept or attack homosexuality, as per national military policy. Although many cadets seem to come from very privileged families, it's like any other private school; there are those choice few who come from nothing. Monetarily, it is less diverse than some other colleges, but this factor is not as influential as it is in some private schools.

According to most students, one of the great things about West Point is the diversity that exists. This diversity gives you the opportunity to learn about different cultures and values. On a daily basis, you will interact with people of different races, religions, and backgrounds. Even if, at times, it seems like everyone at West Point is the same, each cadet does have a unique story and perspective on life. During downtime, students at the Academy appreciate interactions with people from across the United States and even the globe.

Facts & Statistics

African American
7%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
9%
International
1%
Native American
1%
White
72%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
94%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 29%
20-21: 49%
22-24: 21%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
28%
Male Faculty
72%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 93%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
None
Political Activity
Several different political beliefs are represented on campus by student groups. The military influence on the Academy certainly makes itself felt in the political climate on campus.
Economic Status
Varied
Most Common Religions
The most popular religions are Catholic and Protestant.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are several minority clubs on campus, like the Asian-Pacific Forum and the National Society for Black Engineers.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 13 responses

  • 8% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 46% Moderate
  • 23% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 23% Very conservative
  • 46% Conservative
  • 0% Moderate
  • 23% Not sure
  • 8% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 11 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 11 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 17% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 50% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 33% Very accepting.
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