Parent Review - July 2016

Forbes Ranks USMA #1 Public College


In Forbes annual "America's Top Colleges" for 2016, the United States Military Academy was ranked the #1 Public College, #14 overall, and the #6 Liberal Arts University. Read more.

R-Day for USMA 2020


More than 1300 new cadets of the Class of 2020 arrived at the Academy on June 27 for Reception Day. The entering class includes 282 women, 425 minorities, 15 international cadets and 13 combat veterans. “The quality of the students entering West Point with the Class of 2020 is exceptional,” said COL Deborah McDonald ’85, Director of Admissions. The class includes cadets from every U.S. state and 15 international cadets under the sponsorship of their respective countries. View photos on WPAOG Facebook page. Additional photos can be viewed on the USMA Flickr site where there are also photos of the Oath of Allegiance Ceremony. The Acceptance Day Parade for the Class of 2020 is Aug 13.

Parents Perspective on R-Day

  West Point Parents with New Cadet

There is a mix of pride and anxiety that many new parents feel as their sons and daughters embark on a first class education and military training at West Point. One great way for parents to support each other is to participate with their local West Point Parents Club (WPPC). Many WPPCs engage with the West Point Society in their area, offering you another way to learn more about West Point.

USMA Team Captures 2nd BattleFrog College Championship

  West Point Battlefrog Team

Congratulations to the West Point team for winning the 2016 BattleFrog College Championship! The team successfully defended its 2015 crown in the obstacle course competition. This year, 16 co-ed college teams competed in a single-elimination, 350-meter, four-person relay with over 20 obstacles that tested competitors' strength, speed, and endurance.

2015 WPAOG Report of Gifts

Thank you to all the graduates, families, and friends who supported West Point in 2015! Click here to view the online 2015 Annual Report of Gifts, which acknowledges our generous donors.


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USMA 2017 Cadet Troop Leader Training: “Real World” Experience

  West Point Cadet Training

For West Point Cadets, the opportunity to obtain a world-class, top-tier education is unmatched. For these future Army leaders entering their senior year, the chance to shadow a lieutenant in the “real Army” is a unique facet made possible by the Army’s CTLT program. Read more.

Medal of Honor Recipient Bucha ’65 speaks to Plebes

  Paul Bucha West Point Class of 1965 speaks to West Point Cadets

Retired Capt. Paul Bucha ’65, Medal of Honor recipient, spoke about leadership to roughly 1,300 new cadets July 6 during Cadet Basic Training. “This is the most exclusive leadership institution in the world, bar none…you are here to become leaders for the rest of your life.” Read more.

Cadets Train with Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

  West Point Cadet Training

On July 4, 40 second class USMA cadets and four Department of Military Instruction cadre arrived in England for training with cadets from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. They are taking part in Exercise DYNAMIC VICTORY, the final exercise of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Regular Commissioning Course. More photos of the exercise are posted on the RMAS Facebook page.

Cadets Learn, Apply Skills during Cadet Field Training

  West Point Cadet Basic Training

Throughout the summer, upper class cadets will participate in rifle marksmanship, land navigation, obstacle courses, introductions to urban operations and patrolling, and more in Cadet Field Training (CFT).  Firsties have been given the opportunity to lead the underclassmen who will, in turn, begin to lead the members of the Class of 2020 after they finish Cadet Basic Training.  Read more.