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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe here. One generally doesn't find trouble here unless they go looking for it. So far as health goes, I get colds quite frequently while I'm here

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have military police and Congress looking at us

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Our campus is considered a military base, so I would consider it pretty secure.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We are literally on a military base, it can't really get more safe.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As a girl I am very aware of dangers. So far, I have not been in a situation where I am fearful.

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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 18 responses

  • 84% None
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Walking alone
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Non-students on campus
  • 0% Theft/robberies

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 13 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 50% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 50% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 95% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 5% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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