Health & Safety

West Point, NY
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Senior

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

3 College Freshman

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

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: With a mandatory 100% government issued ID check to go onto campus and trained military police available for any problems, it's hard to beat the security at West Point. While the system is not perfect, I've yet to hear or see another college or campus with anything better overall.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: West Point is like the ultimate gated community. There are almost no external threats, and very few internal threats. We are always well-fed and have the means to work out and stay healthy. The cadet health clinic and the hospital on post are available for cadets to stay healthy.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Military Police and local safety ensure WP is one of the safest places to be.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 229th
    Safest Campuses
  • 571st
    Best Student Health Center
  • 920th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ryan Peckyno
Bradford, Pa.
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Students definitely feel safe at West Point. There are numerous checks and balances in place to ensure that the campus is safe. On top of all of the external security measures combined, every cadet considers him or herself a security officer. They are all bound by the Honor Code to uphold a strict set of rules and regulations for the safety of everyone at West Point. Because there is no large city extremely close to West Point, the majority of cadets is not concerned about rape, assault, robbery, and other criminal activities associated with large cities. The campus is also full of actual military police and fully-trained officers. Every student looks out for every student, and freshmen are assigned to security patrol on the weekends.

In spite of all this, there is one major security concern that sets West Point apart from most other places of higher education. As a military institution, the Academy is at high risk for a terrorist attack. Even though this is not very probable, and the campus is very tightly guarded, as it is an unfortunate possibility. Cadets must prepare quickly for the world they are entering and accept all of the real-life risks ahead of them. The trade-off is that at West Point, students are relatively free from most other crime and do not have to guard their possessions from their fellow students.

Facts & Statistics

Security Office
(845) 938-3333
Safety Services
  • Bicycle patrols
  • Central Guard Room
  • DARE program
  • Military Police office
  • Military Police road patrols
Health Center
Daily 24 hours
Health Services
  • Dental care
  • General health services (birth control, testing, physicals)
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
All plebes must pull guard duty multiple times during a semester.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 8 responses

  • 78% None
  • 11% Dorm safety
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Excessive drinking
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Non-students on campus
  • 0% Theft/robberies
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Walking alone

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 33% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 38% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 12% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 88% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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