us military academyUnited States Military Academy is a public institution that was founded in 1802. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,592, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 16,080 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. United States Military Academy’s ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 17. Its in-state tuition and fees are $0 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $0 (2013-14).

The United States Military Academy is located in West Point, N.Y., approximately 50 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River. The school, also known as USMA, West Point and Army, is the oldest of the country’s five federal service academies. Students, referred to as cadets, are officers in training, and their tuitions are funded by the U.S. Army in return for an active-service duty obligation. Army offers a wide range of extracurricular clubs, from the glee and gospel clubs to the ski and sailing clubs. The Army Black Knights participate in 24 intercollegiate varsity sports at the NCAA Division I level and are known for their rivalry with the Naval Academy, particularly in football. Every cadet is required to participate in an intercollegiate, club or intramural level sport each semester. Cadets live in barracks on campus all four years and receive a monthly stipend.

Army graduates earn a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Applicants must apply directly to the academy and receive a nomination from a congressional representative. A tradition on campus is the Ring Weekend, during which all seniors receive their class rings. Alumni and students are often referred to as “The Long Gray Line,” and famous members include former U.S. presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ulysses S. Grant; former U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur; Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Confederate Army; former CIA Director David Petraeus; and AOL co-founder Jim Kimsey.