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United States Military Academy at West Point Reviews

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  • 01/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    22 out of 25 people found this review useful. 1 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Patriotic, disciplined, willing to sacrifice for their country.

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY EARLY!!! make sure you want to be an Army officer above all else in considering USMA.

    Bang for the buck

    You don't have to pay much money to attend, for a priceless education

    Will enjoy being here

    I'm a crazy military-type guy, so I will enjoy it...

    Will learn a lot

    the best military and leadership education you can get...

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    22 out of 22 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 2 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Military police provide security on post, but there are still some crazy events that happen on campus every once in a while. The most common examples are sexual harassment allegation in the barracks, but there are many policies in place to minimize these cases. Overall, you feel pretty safe but not perfectly safe here.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Absolutely second to none! There are so many clubs here and, just by creating a club through the official channels, your club is given a minimum of $1500 a year to purchase equipment or simply to go one trips. No other place can say that! There are clubs here to fit anyone's tastes and, if you happen to have a hobby that isn't clubbed yet, then find some other people who share that hobby and create one!

    Great for these types of students

    If you value structure and wouldn't mind giving up the normal college experience (i.e. partying, going out every night, etc.), then this is the place for you. If you are serious about a military career, then there is no better place for you than the United States Military at West Point.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every day in the morning and around noon, there are formations during which everyone must stand in a prescribed formation and take accountability. Also, on some Saturday mornings, there is an inspection known as SAMI where higher ranking cadets will go through your room and will inspect it for cleanliness. Failing this inspection will result in you losing your ability to leave West Point for recreational purposes until you pass one of the makeup SAMI's. The same thing also occurs for your issued equipment, known as a TA-50 inspection.

    Bang for the buck

    Since you don't actually pay for anything, this school is a huge bang for the buck! Just remember that you are giving up a lot of freedom to get this free education and that you have a 8 year minimum ob ligation to the United States Army upon graduation. Nonetheless, the things you get at no cost to you are amazing and I'd say totally worth the mandatory military time as an officer.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, you can explore the area (there's a bowling alley, lots of club activities going on at any given time, take a walk by the river, or just hang out with some buddies in their room or at Grant Hall). Outside of cadet clubs and friends, there isn't much to do. You aren't allowed to leave post unless it';s the weekend and even then, the nearest town (technically, the Village of Highland Falls) is pretty dull. The only way to really have fun is to eventually get a car or pay for transportation to New York City every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The food is served on a rotating schedule, and you quickly learn what the good meals and bad meals are. I personally found the food to be suited only to certain tastes (foods such a gyro, pesto pasta, and Ruben sandwiches didn't appeal to me). There are some worshiped meals that all cadets love such as chicken crispitos, lasagna, and chicken pot pie and I did find those to be pretty good. Meals are mandatory as well and you are seated at a ten person table which changes periodically. Overall, the food isn't bad, but it just didn't personally fit my palette. There is a little restaurant called Grant Hall which is basically like an overpriced McDonald's, but the food is pretty good there though.

    Dorm Life

    The barracks are very old, but they are livable. Males and females live in the same barracks (though they cannot share the same room), and there are strict rules about how males must behave when in a female room (doors must be open, cannot be on the same horizontal surface other than the floor, etc. ) and SERIOUS consequences will result from breaking these rules. A lot of the rooms have maintenance issues, but they are usually fixed in a somewhat timely manner as long as you put a work order in ASAP and it is done correctly and reported to your chain of command.

    Academic Rigor

    Some people find the academics harder than another and your course-load does depend on your major, but no matter what classes you take, you will be challenged in one way or another., I can guarantee you that many nights will be spent without sleep writing papers or finishing projects, not because you waited until the last minute, but because it's just that difficult or long that you can't complete it at any other time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start early! The application for the United States Military Academy is unique in that there are some requirements such as a congressional nomination which must be done during your Junior year. Therefore, starting early greatly increases your chances of admission, especially since West Point has a rolling admissions policy for the most qualified applicants.

    In three sentences

    The United States Military Academy at West Point is a great place to be if you like to have a structured and regimented way of life. You will be kept busy and will value the very little truly free time you get, but the friends you make here will last a lifetime and the opportunities available to you (free semester study abroad, etc.) are not to be found anywhere else.

  • 10/06/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 3 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Motivated, athletic, intelligent leaders that work hard and aren't afraid of getting their hands in the mud or attempting things they have never done before.

    Tips for prospective students

    DON'T PROCRASTINATE!!! I can't stress that enough. If you are serious about a service academy then you should get things in as early as possible. This means starting before the end of your Junior year. By the time you start Senior year, you should either already be done or almost finished with your application.

    Bang for the buck

    Unlike how some perceive it, WP is not free. Sure, monetarily cadets won't have to pay a dime out of pocket for the education they receive. But a graduating cadet commits to at least five years active duty in the US Army and four years of intense training while at USMA.

    Will enjoy being here

    It depends on who you are and what you plan to take from the college. If you enjoy partying and running around with friends, WP might not be the fit for you. But people who wish to truly better themselves in the astounding environment found at the Academy will both enjoy their time and walk away as more developed and better people.

    Will learn a lot

    One of the premier institutions in the entire country with an unparalleled education in all aspects of life. Moral, ethical, physical, mental, leadership developing lifestyle four four years to create some of the best individuals in the U.S.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 4 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I am a female going to school with 85% males. I feel about as safe here as I would behind the door of a bank vault. My classmates have the mentality that we should all take care of each other, and we do.

    Greek Life

    Nil.

    Clubs and Activities

    USMA has over 100 sports teams, as well as inter-mural sports teams. Everyone competes in sports, but there are a vast variety of different clubs to join, from Hunting to Salsa.

    Great for these types of students

    Type A overachievers will enjoy it here, but really, anyone looking to go to a leadership institution should look hard at going to USMA. Every single day is a leadership lab here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    USMA has sooo many traditions, my favorite probably being Christmas Dinner, where the entire Corps sings the 12 Days of Christmas on their chairs before they go out to the parade field to smoke a cigar with their classmates.

    Bang for the buck

    This college is more or less free, with the understanding that you pay back the $320,000 value with five years of service after everything is said and done.

    What to do for fun

    'Fun' is something you make yourself on campus. Our days usually run from 0600-midnight, so fun is usually hanging out with your sports team, or getting off campus on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    As efficent as the mess hall is, feeding 4600 people in a half hour, the food itself isn't the best. We eat family style, ten people to a table, and the entire Corps is fed and off to class in less than 20 minutes.

    Dorm Life

    You live in tight barracks situations here. You will have a roommate, and you will have to move rooms every semester. Doors are locked and you are in your rooms at 11:30 every night, as well as open door inspections during the day.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough here, but there are ample support mechanisms in place to help get you through classes. The class sizes are small to make sure that each student is receiving the amount of attention they need to understand all of the topics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be daunted by the reputation. If you apply and make it in, they will give you the tools to help you succeed. It is supposed to be difficult here; it is supposed to make you tougher, and able to handle some hefty burdens.

    In three sentences

    USMA is a wonderful institution, intent on taking high caliber students and creating leaders of character, as well as future Army officers. I believe that the busy schedule, coupled with the academic, military and athletic demands on the students creates students able to manage stress and hefty demands upon them.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 5 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Every student eats at least two meals in West Point's fabled Washington Hall. It is a dining hall that provides each student the proper amount of food to succeed during the academic hours. The last meal of the day can be eaten in Washington Hall, at the Cadet Restaurant, or order out food from the nearby town of Highland Falls.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms per say at West Point. Every student rooms in one of West Point's barracks for the duration of their four year stay. The barracks are maintained by every student, meaning every student cleans the barracks in order to maintain proper health and welfare for all inhabitants.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are the majority of your time commitment at West Point. Every student must learn and refine his or her time management skills otherwise he or she will not be able to successfully complete the 47-month experience. However, West Point provides a great amount of resources to aid its students in order for them to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective candidates should truly dig down deep within him or herself and make the mature decision to see if it is what he or she really wants out of life. So long as the prospective candidate displays true caring, he or she will gain acceptance. The U.S. Military Academy searches for a well rounded applicant, therefore, focus on developing your social, physical, and academic equally.

    In three sentences

    The United States Military Academy at West Point is a very prestigious institution in which one can discover what he or she is truly made of in the academic, military, and physical fields. Every student graduates a leader of character and earns the privilege of leading men and women in the U.S. Army. The ever expanding fraternity of the 'Long Grey Line' reminds the student that he or she is not alone in their drive to become an officer in the U.S. Army.

  • 09/20/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 6 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Aspiring military officers who ultimately desire a career-long service in the US Army.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all applications done early as well as scheduling doctors appointments and getting nominational packets together long before the deadline because you don't want to have to have your fingers crossed whether applications will reach the Congressman and other nominational sources in time.

    Bang for the buck

    It's absolutely free and you actually recieve pay so it's almost like you are already working for the Army. It was ranked #1 by Forbes Magazine.

    Will enjoy being here

    If a US Army officer is what you aspire to be then this school is perfect. They will make you an ideal officer in the active duty Army.

    Will learn a lot

    Make sure that if you are a 2012 high school grad that you seriously begin now. It might possibly be too late. For 2013 high school grads, begin looking now to apply for the summer seminar to really get a feel on a weeklong experience of West Point life.

  • 10/18/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 10 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 7 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It is free! Well, kinda

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 10

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Couldn't get any more safe than a military college, there's a bunch of men and women there who are defending this country.

    What to do for fun

    You can join a sports team like the Black Knights football team and run, lift, and also make new friends. It's a great way to stay in shape and be social.

    In three sentences

    Seems like the college I would love to attend in my future. Due to I'm going to enlist in the military here soon and would love to learn as much about leadership as I can. This college seems like my best fit.

  • 06/14/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 9 of 10

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I think it will be a good fit for me. I'll be applying in a couple years so I'm doing some early research. I hope I'll get accepted,

  • 10/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    10 of 10

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    This school is one of the best in the country and is known for it high military standards. I hope to attend this school as a way to better myself and eventually join the military.