This increased demand for officers led Congress to increase the size of the Corps of Cadets to 481 cadets in 1900. The class of 1915 is known as "the class the stars fell on" for the exceptionally high percentage of general officers that rose from that class (59 of 164).
Many of the academy's most famous graduates graduated during the 15-year period between 19: Douglas Mac Arthur (1903), Joseph Stilwell (1904), Henry "Hap" Arnold (1907), George S. The outbreak of America's involvement in World War I caused a sharp increase in the demand for army officers, and the academy accelerated graduation of all four classes then in attendance to meet this requirement, beginning with the early graduation of the First Class on 20 April 1917, the Second Class in August 1917, and both the Third and Fourth Classes just before the Armistice of 11 November 1918, when only freshman cadets remained (those who had entered in the summer of 1918).
The Academy or simply The Point, is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located in West Point, New York, in Orange County. The campus is a popular tourist destination complete with a large visitor center and the oldest museum in the United States Army.
It was originally established as a fort that sits on strategic high ground overlooking the Hudson River with a scenic view, 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City. 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.
The class of 1943 graduated six months early in January 1943, and the next four classes graduated after only three years.