Top 10 Fittest American Universities


The United States Military Academy, West Point, has topped the list of fittest American Universities by "The Active Times".

Only academically good and physically fit individuals can secure admission at USMA. West Point applicants must also pass the Candidate Fitness Assessment, which comprises of six tasks including a basketball throw, cadence pull-ups, a 40-yard shuttle run for time, abdominal crunches, push-ups and a one-mile run for time.

USMA students are required to participate in a sport and mandatory classes include "Military Movement", Boxing, Combatives, Fitness Leadership, Survival Swimming and Lifetime Sport among others.

USMA is followed by the United States Naval Academy. Similar to USMA, candidates are also required to pass CFA to gain admission into the college.

Navy Varsity Sports include football, rowing, squash and rifle among others. The most important sporting event at the academy is the annual Army-Navy Game in football. The 2013 season marked Navy's 12th consecutive victory over Army.

The ranking is based on "the number, success and involvement of sports programs (both varsity and intramural), the quality of athletic facilities, the healthfulness of campus dining options, quality of life ratings", among other things.

At No: 3 is the Texas A&M University, College Station with its new 400,000 square foot recreational sports center. The space includes a swimming pool, a rock wall, an archery room, a track, 14,000 square foot weight room and more than 60 cardio machines.

Last month, Aggies unveiled the college football's largest videoboard at Kyle Field. Texas A&M University's new LED video board is 47-feet high and 163-feet wide, surpassing the previous record set by the University of Texas' "Godzillatron", by almost 30 feet, News 92 FM reports.

The videoboard will make its debut in the home opener against the Lamar University on Sept. 6.

TAMU's voluntary Corps of Cadets program involves mandatory ROTC courses and physical training.

Top 10 Fittest American Universities

1 - United States Military Academy, West point

2 - United States Naval Academy, Annapolis

3 - Texas A&M University, College Station

4 - The Citadel, Charleston

5 - Pennsylvania State University, University Park

6 - University of Texas, Austin

7 - University of Florida, Gainesville

8 - California Maritime Academy, Vallejo

9 - Norwich University, Northfield

10 - Virginia Military Institute, Lexington City

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