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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.
Candidates for admission must both apply directly to the academy and receive a nomination, usually from a member of Congress or Delegate/Resident Commissioner in the case of Washington, D.
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).