19 Facts About West Point


West Point selected Jonathan Williams to serve as its first superintendent.

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West Point later returned as Superintendent from 1812 to 1814.

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West Point was very much inspired by the curriculum of the French Ecole Polytechnique where he had been sent upon his demand for two years in order to study the scientific and technological achievements developed by the French Republican faction and bring them back to the United States.

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West Point made major changes to the field training regimen and the Cadet Honor Committee was formed under his watch in 1922.

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West Point expanded and modernized the academic program and abolished antiquated courses in fencing and horsemanship.

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West Point was not immune to the social upheaval of American society during the Vietnam War.

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West Point granted its first honorable discharge in 1971 to an African-American West Point cadet, Cornelius M Cooper, of California, who applied for conscientious objector status in 1969.

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West Point Cemetery is the final resting place of many notable graduates and faculty, including George Armstrong Custer, Winfield Scott, William Westmoreland, Earl Blaik, Margaret Corbin, and eighteen Medal of Honor recipients.

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West Point is home to historic athletic facilities like Michie Stadium and Gillis Field House as well as modern facilities such as the Lichtenberg Tennis Center, Anderson Rugby Complex, and the Lou Gross Gymnastics Facility.

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West Point Museum is directly adjacent to the visitor's center, in the renovated Olmsted Hall on the grounds of the former Ladycliff College.

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Originally opened to the public in 1854, the West Point Museum is the oldest military museum in the country.

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West Point is a medium-sized, highly residential baccalaureate college, with a full-time, four-year undergraduate program that emphasizes instruction in the arts, sciences, and professions with no graduate program.

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West Point is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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Grant Hall, formerly the cadet mess hall at West Point, is a social center.

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West Point assigned number one to the first West Point graduate, Joseph Gardner Swift, and then numbered all successive graduates in sequence.

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West Point began the collegiate tradition of the class ring, beginning with the class of 1835.

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In 2021 the agency at West Point announced that the bid to educate West Point High School students would be competitive.

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West Point produced some famous generals and statesmen of recent note including John Abizaid, Stanley A McChrystal, Wesley Clark, Alexander Haig, Barry McCaffrey, Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

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The official alumni association of West Point is the West Point Association of Graduates, headquartered at Herbert Hall.

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