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

Facilities: The history that you are apart of and making is remarkable.

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?

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1 College Junior

Facilities: It's a military school, not a lot of free time and a lot of telling you what you can and cannot do

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Fantastic and new gym. New library. Awesome.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The gym and athletic centers are outstanding. The library is second to none. There is a limited amount of student hangouts.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 237th
    Best Library
  • 272nd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 467th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1109th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1242nd
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ryan Peckyno
Hometown
Bradford, Pa.
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Students are more than content with the quality of the facilities at West Point. According to the majority of the cadets, West Point is trying to do everything it can to ensure that its facilities are as up-to date as possible so that it can continue to attract top athletes and students. As with any college campus, some students will complain about crowds, no matter how many facilities there are available. But with so many physically active students in one place, it would be hard for places like the weight room not to get crowded.

The only other gripe that students have with the facilities is that they all seem to enforce some positive impact on your overall moral, physical, academic, or military development. For example, you would never find a game room or a place where cadets could just go to have fun. This can get annoying when all you want to do is lounge around and watch TV. But sometimes it's nice to have so many people constantly working to better themselves. Some students complain about not having a "real college experience," but that's not what West Point is all about. (When students apply to this school, they should know what they're in for.) At any rate, whatever you're into, there's a good chance that West Point provides it. And, if the Academy doesn't have it yet, you can always make your own club.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
134
Campus Size
16,080 acres
Student Centers
Eisenhower Hall
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
There is one main library, along with various departmental libraries.
Popular Places to Chill
  • Arvin Gymnasium
  • Eisenhower Hall
  • Grant Hall
  • The intramural fields
  • The library
  • Trophy Point
Bar on Campus
Firstie Club
Bowling on Campus
West Point Bowling Center
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes
Movie Theater on Campus
Yes
School Slang
  • Boodle: A term that refers to food of any sort. Usually the word boodle is used to refer to candy, ice cream, or pizza.
  • Break Contact: A term used by a group of cadets when they go out to a bar and encounter members of the opposite sex that they ultimately find unattractive.
  • Buckner: Buckner is a term that refers to the camp where all second-year cadets participate in advanced military training.
  • Bugle Notes: Bugle Notes is a book that contains information on the history of West Point and the Army. All of the information in this book is considered required knowledge for first-years. Any upperclass cadet may ask any first-year cadet a piece of required knowledge during formations or during the normal duty day. The gift store sells this book.
  • Eight-Up: A term used to describe a cadet who cannot seem to do anything right. Synonymous with the phrase "chewed up." These terms describe cadets who lack attention to detail, self-discipline, and military bearing.
  • Minutes: Five minutes before every formation, first-year cadets are required to call minutes. The purpose of minutes is to allow first-year cadets to practice their command voices, while simultaneously announcing the uniform of the day for all cadets.
  • Off Post: Anywhere outside of any one of the several gates
  • Recognition: Recognition week refers to the week before fourth-class cadets become members of the Corps of Cadets. This week is usually very stressful for the majority of fourth-class cadets. Recognition week concludes with a parade and fourth-class cadets becoming members of the Corps of Cadets.
  • Spaz: A term used to describe a cadet who panics when placed in a stressful situation
  • Squared Away: A term used to describe a cadet who is extremely proficient in required knowledge and in carrying out his or her duties
  • Taps: Every day Taps is played by Central Guard Room to signify the end of the duty day. After Taps, cadets are required to be in their own rooms, with lights off.
  • Tool: A term used to describe a cadet who operates by the book; someone who sees everything in black and white. Usually, a tool is a cadet who appears to make decisions that please senior leadership, instead of making decisions that appease other cadets.
  • Uniform of the day: A particular uniform, announced by Central Guard Room based on the weather report that cadets are required to wear until they hear an announcement from Central Guard Room saying that the uniform has changed.
Traditions
  • Breaks: All cadets receive Christmas, spring, and summer leave, along with the four-day Thanksgiving break. Christmas leave is normally two weeks in length, following the completion of first semester final examinations. Spring leave is about 10 days, including the weekends. Summer leave is about three or four weeks, depending on a cadet's military leadership training assignment. When academics begin, first classmen (seniors) get twice as many weekend leaves as second classmen (juniors). A plebe (freshman) will have only a few weekend passes. Plebes also may leave West Point for extracurricular, cultural, and athletic trips. There is also the traditional Plebe-Parent Weekend scheduled each fall. During Cadet Basic Training (six weeks long), new cadets do not have privilege periods because of the requirements of the intensive military training activities. There is a day set aside for a military family visitation, allowing new cadets a short time of relaxation. New cadets are also given time to call home on the weekends.
  • History: Everyone would agree that the one thing that makes West Point so special is not the facilities or the resources, but the people who work here. West Point is very rich in culture and history, but it is the people—the cadets, civilians, and officers—that make everything come alive and come together. As a cadet, your life is literally built around traditions.
  • Minutes: Plebes have a rotating responsibility to announce 10, five, four, three, two, and one minute before formation, in a strictly formatted ritual known as "minutes." This is a tough challenge when you have a class the period before noon meal formation. One young lad was hurrying back to do his duty when one of the tourii (the Latin plural of tourist, of course) asked him if he would pose with them for a picture. In a somewhat agitated state, he looked at her and said, "No lady, I got minutes!" Supposedly, she noted his name from his nametag and reported him to Main Office.
Urban Legends
  • A lot of people think getting into West Point is political. While this is true of some, the overwhelming majority of cadets is smart, athletic, and doesn't come from affluent families. They are driven people who have worked extremely hard and who want to make a difference. In order to make it through West Point, you first have to make up your mind that this is what you want to do.
  • According to an old urban legend, a father and son were fighting on opposite sides in the Civil War, and they met one last time on the battlefield. As the father was holding his dying son in his arms, he looked in his son's pocket and found a melody, which is now known as "Taps." "Taps" was composed in July 1862 at Harrison's Landing in Virginia, but after that, the fanciful legend parts way with reality. There was no dead son, Confederate, or otherwise—no lone bugler sounding out the dead boy's last composition. How the call came into being was never anything more than one influential soldier deciding his unit could use a bugle call for particular occasions and setting about to come up with one.
Favorite Things To Do
The best thing to do on campus is to get involved with intramurals and other competitive athletics. Cadets can also go to Eisenhower Hall to see a concert or play, or go to Michie or Shea Stadium to watch a Division I game. West Point has swimming pools, wrestling mats, squash, racquetball, basketball, handball, and volleyball courts, indoor and outdoor tennis facilities, an 18-hole golf course, a ski slope, a hockey arena, a 4,500-seat auditorium (Eisenhower Hall), a 1,000 seat snack bar and cafeteria (Eisenhower Hall), a large ballroom, and social and recreational rooms. All visitors to the United States Military Academy are encouraged to tour the museum to view what is considered to be the oldest and largest diversified public military collection in the Western Hemisphere. The Eisenhower Hall Theatre offers a variety of programs including classical, contemporary, popular, jazz, drama, dance, Broadway shows, comedy, opera, symphony, chamber music, variety acts, and art exhibits. A tour of Constitution Island includes a boat ride to and from the island, a guided tour of Revolutionary War fortifications, and the 17-room Warner House. West Point also offers an 18-hole, par 71 course with practice green, lessons, a pro shop, and snack bar.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.usma.edu/dca/SitePages/Clubs.aspx
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
One great thing about West Point is the number of clubs and organizations available to participate in. There are over 111 registered organizations for everything from academics to athletics, and new clubs are constantly being created.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
  • Michie Stadium is the home of the Army football team, with a seating capacity of more than 39,000. There are capacity crowds throughout the fall season.
  • Holleder Center houses the 5,000-seat Christl Arena for basketball and the 2,400-seat Tate Rink for hockey competition.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 8 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 17% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 17% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 33% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 67% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 33% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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