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3 College Sophomore

Technology: The free computers are great.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Cadets spend most of their time on their computers.

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2 College Senior

Technology: You can only use the issued Dell laptops on the network here. They are pretty bad. The network is painfully slow too.

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2 College Freshman

Technology: Wifi is slow as hell, probably because the only thing to do here is watch netflix

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3 College Senior

Technology: The Academy provides every cadet with a computer. This comes at the cost of the pay check so it is virtually free. The only issue is that as time progresses, so does technology. The computer you're issued as a freshman does not function very well by the time you're a senior.

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Overall, students are extremely satisfied not only with the computers they have, but also with the availability of computers. Students rely heavily on computers to perform research. They also rely on email as a way to communicate with other cadets. All cadets are issued a computer when they arrive at West Point. The Academy also updates their software as technology progresses. They system ensures that all students are given an equal starting opportunity. Cadets are free to purchase add-ons to their computers at their own discretion. Some find that they can do without additional amenities, but the majority of cadets advise incoming plebes to bring additional equipment for their computers, such as a printer, fax, or copier. Although computer access is never a problem, the majority of cadet companies has only one or two printers.

Some students complain about scrutiny of emails by the Academy. Whether or not this is actually done, improper behavior relating to cheating, or otherwise compromising any assignment, is not tolerated at West Point. Students should certainly be careful what they do with their computers. The only other complaint voiced by current cadets is that the network is not always reliable, but this problem is certainly not unique to West Point. Networks crash at every university and college across the country, but how many schools issue you a free computer?

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Cadets may purchase additional software for a reduced rate at the Post Exchange.
Did You Know?
  • An initial deposit of $2,400 (cadet fee) is required to cover the cost of the computer.
  • There is a computer at every desk, and everyone is connected to a large array of very powerful academic computing services.
  • Computer support is provided to cadets and faculty in classrooms, laboratories, and cadet barracks via more than 1,000 terminals and small computer systems.
  • The research facilities include the Operations Research Center, the Photonics Research Center, the Center for Leadership and Organizations Research, the Mathematical Sciences Center, and the Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis. The research centers provide cadets with another opportunity to broaden their academic experience by focusing on research projects that have direct application to the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, and the nation.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 26 responses

Very weak
  • Availability of computer labs
  • Campus tech support
  • Free/discounted software
  • Number of computer labs
  • Printing cost/quota limits
  • Reliability of network
  • Speed of network
  • Technology in classrooms and labs
  • Wireless availability

How necessary is it to bring your own computer?    Based on 18 responses

  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 0% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 11% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 83% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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