Cadet Consumer Information/Right to Know

 

Welcome to West Point’s cadet consumer information page. The information on this page is intended to assist candidates, cadets, their families, and others in obtaining information about the Academy's developmental programs and outcomes. Per federal regulations set forth by The Higher Education Act of 1965 (amended in 2008), and the Student Right to Know Act, 34 C.F.R. 668 passed in 1990, educational institutions are required to disclose specific consumer information about the school. The United States Military Academy (USMA) voluntarily maintains this page as a centralized location for general information about the USMA.

General Institutional Information

  • United States Military Academy (USMA):
  • Accreditation:
    • Institutional Accreditation (Middle States Commission on Higher Education) - USMA was first accredited by Middle States in 1949 and has be reaccredited each successive decade.  Middle States accreditation was reaffirmed in 2015.  The next program accreditation visit is scheduled in Spring 2020.

    • Accreditation Engineering and Technology (ABET)

      • The following USMA majors are, and have been continuously accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET since the initial date shown:

        • Chemical Engineering, October 1, 2012
        • Civil Engineering, October 1, 1985 
        • Electrical Engineering, October 1, 1985
        • ​Engineering Management, October 1, 1985
        • Environmental Engineering, October 1, 1995
        • Mechanical Engineering, October 1, 1985 
        • Nuclear Engineering, October 1, 2007​
        • Systems Engineering, October 1, 1995 
      • The following USMA majors are and have been continuously accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET ,  since the initial date shown:  

        • Computer Science, October 1, 1997
        • Information Technology, October 1, 2007
      • The USMA major, Geospatial Information Science, is accredited by the  United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation continuously since May 1, 2010.
      • The Chemistry Major with Honors track is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society continuously since April 25, 2013.

  • Academics:
    • Academic Calendar

    • Catalogs

    • Centers and Research

    • Curriculum

    • Departments

    • Faculty The Blend of Excellence - The Academic Program is led by a combination of senior military officers and experienced civilian educators who provide strong connections to the Army and higher education community as well as the long-term stability and focus vital in a highly connected and interdisciplinary academic program.  The largest segment of the faculty is rotating military faculty - successful, mid-career military Army officer, with recent Army operational leadership experience and master's degree from the nation's top graduate programs.

    • Grading - There are three distinct areas related to the Academic, Military, and Physical areas, but all courses are part of the requirements for degree/graduation and are reflected on the transcript.  Cadets can view theirs grades at any time (electronically) via the Cadet Information System.

    • Placement Testing and Validation

    • Requirements to Commissioning and Degree - USMA's minimum graduation requirements that reflect the minimum achievement level expected of a USMA graduate and future US Army Officer.  These are based within the following four programs:

    • Student Performance in Academic Programs

      • Attendance - Cadets may be excused from classes only by the Superintendent, the Dean (only those taught by the academic departments), the Commandant (only those taught by the Departments of Military Instruction and Physical Education), the heads of the departments (only those taught by their respective departments), and the Commander of MEDDAC (for illness or physical disability).

      • Tutoring - The Center for Enhanced Performance (CEP) provides the training and administrative support for the organized company tutoring programs in which tutoring is conducted by other cadets.  Tutoring is authorized for all cadets is normally voluntarily.  Cadets may receive tutoring individually or as part of organized cadet groups sanctioned by the Commandant.

      • Written Partial Reviews (WPR's) - Written Exams - WPR's may be scheduled at any time during a term.  Take home tests (writs, WPR's, TEE's) and other similar graded events are not utilized.

      • Term End Exams (TEE's) - TEE's are scheduled at the end of each term and take precedence over all other activities and formations.

    • Transfer Policy - The United States Military Academy does not accept transfer credits and does not have articulation agreements with other institutions.

  • Licensing Exams: - Not Applicable
  • Policies and Procedures for Complaints:
    • Discrimination/Equal Opportunity

    • Grade Appeal

      • All Cadet grade appeals must be submitted to the respective department immediately (within two weeks) following the receipt of the final grade for the course.  In situations involving emergency or medical leave and other similar extenuating circumstances, the grade appeal will be submitted no later than the end of the following full term.  Appeals begin with the course instructor and follow chain of command up through the Dean until resolved.

    • SHARP - Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

  • Privacy of Student Records:
    • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): The Dean's Policy and Operating Memorandum #2-8 states that USMA is a federal agency and cadets are federal employees, the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a, is the policy that guides cadet privacy procedures.  Grades and other academic information are not released to parents and guardians without Cadet consent.  Cadets can provide consent by selecting this option in the West Point Academy Management System.

  • Refund/Withdrawal/Separation following Affirmation:
    • Refund/Withdrawal

    • Separation following Affirmation:  Public Law 96-357, September 24, 1980, "Reserve Officers' Training Corps Scholarship" (TAB A) outlines the requirement of reimbursement of educational assistance cost by individuals who voluntarily or involuntarily fail to complete an active duty requirement to which the individual agreed to as a condition of receiving that assistance.  Recoupment is primarily used only in those cases in which the Cadet would be unsuitable as an enlisted soldier.