The majority of the campus's Norman-style buildings are constructed from gray and black granite.The campus is a popular tourist destination complete with a large visitor center and the oldest museum in the United States Army.
The academic program grants a bachelor of science degree with a curriculum that grades cadets' performance upon a broad academic program, military leadership performance, and mandatory participation in competitive athletics.
Cadets are required to adhere to the Cadet Honor Code, which states that "a cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do." The academy bases a cadet's leadership experience as a development of all three pillars of performance: academics, physical, and military.
Most graduates are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army.
The United States Military Academy (USMA), also known as West Point, Army, The Academy, or simply The Point, is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located in West Point, New York in Orange County.
It sits on scenic high ground overlooking the Hudson River, 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City.
The Academy traces its roots to 1801, when President Thomas Jefferson directed, shortly after his inauguration, that plans be set in motion to establish the United States Military Academy at West Point.
The entire central campus is a national landmark and home to scores of historic sites, buildings, and monuments.
Other nomination sources include the President and Vice President of the United States.
Students are officers-in-training and are referred to as "cadets" or collectively as the "United States Corps of Cadets" (USCC).
Tuition for cadets is fully funded by the Army in exchange for an active duty service obligation upon graduation.
Approximately 1,300 cadets enter the Academy each July, with about 1,000 cadets graduating.