The academy was the only engineering school in the country until the founding of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1824.
The majority of the campus's Norman-style buildings are constructed from gray and black granite.
The entire central campus is a national landmark and home to scores of historic sites, buildings, and monuments.
Most graduates are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army.
Foreign cadets are commissioned into the armies of their home countries.
The upper class cadets saw it as their duty to "teach the plebes their manners." Hazing at the academy entered the national spotlight with the death of former cadet Oscar L. Congressional hearings, which included testimony by cadet Douglas Mac Arthur, investigated his death and the pattern of systemic hazing of freshmen.
The demand for junior officers during the Spanish–American War caused the class of 1899 to graduate early, and the Philippine–American War did the same for the class of 1901.
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.
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The academy fields fifteen men's and nine women's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports teams.
Cadets compete in one sport every fall, winter, and spring season at the intramural, club, or intercollegiate level.
The class of 1943 graduated six months early in January 1943, and the next four classes graduated after only three years.