Located in the scenic Hudson River Valley of Orange County — only 50 miles from New York City — The United States Military Academy, West Point is a four-year academic institution and a nationally renowned historical site that traces its roots back to 1802. The undergraduates, known as cadets, are commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army upon graduation.
In addition to being a federal service academy with a full range of academic, military and athletic activities, West Point is America’s oldest continuously occupied military installation. Its long history and the critical nature of its role in developing commissioned leaders of character contribute to West Point’s stature as an American “national treasure.”
The entire central campus is a national landmark and home to scores of historic sites, buildings, and monuments. The campus is a popular tourist destination complete with a large visitor center and the oldest museum in the U.S. Army.
The West Point Experience is designed to prepare cadets for leadership as commissioned officers on active duty in the U.S. Army. It is a 47-month process, which provides for the intellectual, military, physical, moral-ethical and social development of cadets and transforms them into leaders of character.
West Point is extremely selective, enrolling only the most promising men and women. When cadets enter the academy, they become active-duty members of the U.S. Army and take the first steps toward joining the Long Gray Line, one of the proudest traditions in the Army and the nation. At West Point, cadets develop as leaders prepared to serve the Army and the country for a lifetime.
The West Point student body numbers approximately 4,400, from all 50 states, territories and more than 30 foreign countries. In addition to the Corps of Cadets, West Point is home to approximately 1,200 active-duty soldiers and about 3,000 family members. Supporting the academy is a civilian workforce of nearly 2,300 personnel.
The U.S. Military Academy is the largest employer in Orange County, from which millions of dollars in salaries and wages are poured directly into the local economy.