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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Small college town, but very close to NYC

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Not a good college town at all. If you like to keep it simple it isn't bad.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: You can only leave post for pass, leave, and trip section.

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2 College Freshman

Local Area: It's a military post that is 50 miles from NYC but you would have no idea because you have hardly any chance to get out.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: Not much going on around here.

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The majority of the students at West Point is fully enamored with the Academy and simply amazed at how beautiful campus is. However, almost no one is impressed with the town of Highland Falls; attractions and entertainment are few and far between. Even if you did want to get out there, cadets at West Point have little time for wandering around outside of campus.

The Academy really knows how to keep its students busy, but that doesn't stop upperclassmen from breaking away when they get the chance. The most popular diversion from campus life is a trip to New York City, where all the real action is. Students definitely have to love the outdoors to enjoy the local atmosphere. There is not an especially large amount of dating because of the ratio of men to women. This aspect of West Point can be unnerving to some cadets. However, once cadets become upperclassmen, they can fan out and meet women in NYC. Female cadets have the upper hand and are in somewhat of a meat market, where they have their choice from grade A, top-quality meat. The key to avoiding insanity is to get involved in student organizations or throw yourself into your work, because Highland Falls will not provide enough to keep the average college student distracted, and all of the major cities are too far to visit every weekend. The people in the surrounding neighborhoods are, however, very friendly, patriotic, and supportive of West Point.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. West Point was a fortified site during the Revolutionary War.
  2. West Point has been the location of the U.S. Military Academy since 1802.
  3. On November 29, 1890, the U.S. Naval Academy defeated the U.S. Military Academy 24 to 0 in the first Army-Navy football game.
  4. In 1937, the West Point Bullion Depository was constructed. In 1988, it became the West Point Mint.
Local Slang
  • The City: New York City
  • Cow: Junior
  • Firstie: Senior
  • Hooah (who-ah): U.S. Army Slang, referring to, or meaning anything and everything except no. Generally used when at a loss for words.
  • Plebe: Freshman
  • Yearling: Sophomore
Points of Interest
  • Bear Mountain State Park
  • Cadet Chapel
  • Hudson River
  • Hyde Park
  • West Point Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Galleria at Crystal Run
  • Newburgh Mall
  • Palisades Center
  • Sugar Loaf Art & Craft Village
  • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Movie Theaters
AMC Galleria Megaplex
1 Galleria Dr.
(845) 695-1724
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews at Palisade Mall
4403 Palisades Center Dr.
West Nyack
(845) 358-1876
Major Sports Teams
  • New York Giants: NFL
  • New York Jets: NFL
  • New York Knicks: NBA
  • New York Mets: MLB
  • New York Yankees: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Hartford: CT: 2 hours
  • New York City: NY: 1 hour
  • Trenton: NJ: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 16 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 6% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 12% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 81% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 16 responses

  • 12% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 44% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 44% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Totally.
  • 6% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 94% No way.
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