United States Military Academy Reviews
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West Point is not for everyone and it is not for the faint of heart. Students are tested, not only academically but in ways that cannot be anticipated. Cadets come from around the country who are the absolute best and brightest America has to offer. Despite, or rather due to that hardship, graduates are prepared for success in the Army and in life like no other institution on the planet. Ivy League level academics, an athletic culture without peer and a belief in selfless service are just the beginning at West Point.
AMU is alright for the most part but does have significant failures on the schools part that do and will affect the student. Failures are as follow: 1. Obsolete assignment information is often left behind in the online classrooms. 2. Written assignment instructions within classroom is often less than clear. 3. New instructors are often left confused along with students as to #1 ans #2. 4. Had one case where an instructor fabricated a grade for an assignment that never existed. The fabricated grade was well below my normal grades hence reducing my overall grade for the course. Spoke with school yet they took no action. When I complained, this same instructor went back into my grade book and reduced another grade already existing, from an 88% to a 70%. 5. If you hope to graduate with any type of honors, this is not the school to place those hopes in. The GPA bar at AMU/APUS is set extremely high for graduation with honors and given all that I have noted, the odds are heavily against students who harbor such goals. None of the courses offer any type of extra credit projects or assignments thus 100% is the maximum possibility per course. Given the schools shortcomings noted prior, your chances of maintaining that 100% from start to finish are near impossible thus your chances of graduating honors are the same, near impossible. I have spoken with University of Phoenix as well as SNU Graduates and find these negatives not to be the case at those institutions. There is of course nothing wrong with graduating without honors but just thought everyone should know that AMU/APU offers little if any chance of your receiving such on graduation. When instructors are lost in their own classrooms and others fabricate grades for which their is no merit, are a actions which indicate a problem, a big problem for students. Those wishing proof or more factual detail on these matters may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
USMA is the most unique college experience you'll find anywhere other than the other service academies. It is free to attend other than, of course, once you graduate you are committed to serving at least five years in the Army as an officer. On the one hand, job security (you guaranteed have a job when you graduate), on the other hand, if you don't want to join the military, you obviously don't want to go to USMA. Curriculum is mandated for the first couple years until you start working on your degree, and even then you have mandatory curriculum you have to complete. So, on average, you take a lot of credit hours a semester, probably 18 at least, not to mention mandatory participation in sports and military training. You'll also hold a job within your company, and your first year is a lovely, fast-paced blur of duties and hazing and reciting knowledge. Some people say it's the worst time of their life, some people thrive on the pressure, but regardless, USMA makes you better at everything you encounter. Not to mention you will have a leg up when applying for jobs, schools, and pretty much anything else for the rest of your life. So if you want to be an officer in the military, and you think you can handle it, it might be worth it for you.
West point teachers you to time manage. At the base of everything you learn throughout your time at the academy, time management will be your most challenging lesson. However, the opportunities that west point provides are second to none. You won't have enough time to take advantage of all of them. And thats the only downside to the academy, it goes by too fast.
American Military University is a great school. I came from Nigeria to complete my degree in the US and AMU made it possible. Even though I was traveling a lot at the time as a result of my service to the US as a soldier in the Army, the flexibility of the program made it possible to me to be able to combine school with my duty as a soldier. I couldn't have been able to do it with AMU. It's a great school with great tuition for Military students.
The curriculum is extraordinarily rigorous. This is made manageable by the amazing professors who are quite literally available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The degree earned is highly respected. The networking opportunities following graduation are second to none.
Bottom line, if you want to be an Army officer, this is the school you should go to. That being said, your experience will be markedly different than your peers who choose to go to a state university or expensive private school. The overall program is very good and very well put together but its certainly not for everyone. You will take more classes in more subjects than anywhere else. Engineers will take tons of social science and physical fitness classes (yes). Psychology majors will take plenty of chemistry, physics, math (including calculus), and 3-5 engineering classes. Everyone will take foreign language. Unless you play football or some other well known sport quite well you will also march around a couple times a week and play a sport not your not so talented at. Meals are mandatory events. Many are miserable the whole time they attend-- but I don't think I've ever met someone not pleased to have graduated.
If you're looking for a school that will challenge you every single day, you've found the right school. From its rigorous academic curriculum to its mandatory physical fitness requirements to its strict military/leadership necessities, West Point's reputation matches its rigor. Those that fail or quit will say its not for them. Those that graduate will say it is one of their most important accomplishments. Frankly, few days at the school were easy and I was thoroughly unprepared when I first started. However, I learned more about who I was as a leader, person, and scholar in those four years than I have in the rest of my life. West Point is a challenge. It takes a special person to succeed there. But the lessons I learned there, I will keep with me forever.
USMA is an amazing opportunity that so few individuals get to experience. While the challenges are intense with the military training and extra requirements the degree you receive and the connections you make are both extremely valuable. All the professors at West Point are extremely interested in getting you all the help you need. The class sizes are small, making it easy to ask questions, and also very easy to be called out if you don't know what you are doing. The actual academic rigor is based a lot on what major you choose, the core classes are difficult, but a engineering major will have a heavier course load than a geography or history major. Be prepared to have a different type of social life than your high school classmates, parties are few and far between and there are copious amounts of rules such as when you can wear non-uniform clothes, and where you can go during your free time. If you have the discipline to get through it, then it is definitely worth it. The connections you make can help you line up jobs in the civilian world if you decide the Army isn't your style after your 5 year commitment.
A college that is great for someone that is already a professional. I was able to get my degree while working full time, to include military deployments. The professors were great to work with and most of them really seemed to care about the quality of education I was receiving from them.