United States Military Academy at West Point

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United States Military Academy
at West Point
Motto Duty • Honor • Country[1]
Established 16 March 1802[2]
Type Federal military academy
Superintendent LTG David H. Huntoon[3]
Admin. staff 600 faculty[4]
Undergraduates 4,487[5]
Location West Point, New York, United States
Campus 15,974 acres (65 km2)[6]
Colors Black, gray, and gold
Athletics Black Knights
24 varsity teams
Affiliations Patriot League, Atlantic Hockey Association


United States Military Academy
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Coordinates: 41°23′34″N 73°57′30″W / 41.3927°N 73.9584°W / 41.3927; -73.9584
NRHP Reference#: 66000562
Significant dates
Added to NRHP: 1966
Designated NHL: December 19, 1960

The United States Military Academy at West Point (also known as West Point, USMA, Army (athletic teams)) is a university that teaches students to become officers in the US Army. Students are called "cadets" and are subject to military rules while studying subjects like engineering and military science for four years. For many years, West Point only taught men, but in 1976 West Point admitted its first female cadets.[7][8] Women currently comprise approximately 15% of entering new cadets.[9]

Military officers compose 75% of the faculty. Civilian professors make up the remaining 25% of faculty positions.[4]

Congress formally authorized and funded West Point on 16 March 1802.[2] West Point was so successful, that military academies were added later for the Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force.

West Point was originally a Fort. The Continental Army used it to guard the Hudson River. General Benedict Arnold tried to betray it.

Sports[change | change source]

West Point has a very broad sports program. All of its students are required to compete in at least one sport, either at the intramural (i.e., within the school) or intercollegiate (i.e., against other schools) level, in every semester.

The Army intercollegiate sports teams are nicknamed "Black Knights". Most Army teams play in the Patriot League. The football team plays at the highest level, known as Division I FBS, but is independent—not in any conference. The men's ice hockey team plays in Atlantic Hockey.

References[change | change source]

  1. "About the Academy". United States Military Academy. Retrieved 25 December 2008. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ambrose (1966), p. 22.
  3. "Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr. Becomes New Superintendent of West Point". Fox News. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Fact Sheet: USMA Faculty". USMA Public Affairs Office. Retrieved 21 January 2009. 
  5. "College Navigator – United States Military Academy". National Center for Education Statistics, United States Department of Education. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
  6. "USMA Facilities". Office of Admissions. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  7. "The Class of 1980". Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  8. Barkalow (1990), p. 20.
  9. "Class of 2012 enter West Point". West Point AOG. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 

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