In addition to offering a top-notch college education, the West Point curriculum develops character, competence, and intellectual abilities the essential broad base of knowledge you'll need for success as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. At USMA, you'll participate in military training and study military science throughout your 47-month experience. Your field training will begin with Cadet Basic Training the day you enter West Point and will continue primarily in the summers as you gain opportunities to learn and practice the military skills and principles that are learned in the classroom, skills that will give you self-confidence and the assurance you'll need to effectively lead and mentor your Soldiers upon graduation.
It's hard to beat the location of West Point; the campus is on 16,000 bucolic acres on a picturesque bluff overlooking the majestic Hudson River. But the serenity of the setting is belies the fact that in less than one hour you can be in the middle of Manhattan arguably the most exciting city in the world as West Point is only 50 miles north of New York City. This proximity to the city allows cadets opportunities available at no other college, like participating in Major League Baseball All-Star Game ceremonies, visiting the sets of major TV networks, singing backup to Billy Joel … the opportunities seem endless! But the campus, itself, is spectacular, and not just because of its unparalleled beauty. Not only is it a historic landmark, noteworthy since the time of the Revolutionary War, but USMA has some of the finest, state-of-the-art educational, athletic and military-training facilities in the nation, if not the world.
"Army" has 26 NCAA teams, so players and fans, alike, have something to cheer for all year long, and one of the oldest and most famous college football rivalries Army-Navy provides a week of festivities each fall. And with more than 100 clubs at West Point, there's something that will interest you no matter where your interests lie.