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Frequently Asked Questions
What is SCUSA?
  • The Student Conference on US Affairs is an annual four day conference hosted at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate interaction and constructive discussion between civilian student delegates and West Point cadets in order to better understand the challenges that the United States faces in an increasingly interconnected global society. This year we are celebrating the 67th annual conference. Find out more by clicking on the “About” tab, above.
​​Who attends SCUSA?
  • SCUSA attendees are called “delegates” and are students from all across the United States and the world. Delegates are usually social-sciences focused undergrad students with an interest in U.S. and foreign affairs. Students interested in becoming delegates should work through their school to send an application to West Point.
When can I register?
  • Registration is open for SCUSA 67! Registration will be open until October 23d, or until all the spots are filled for the conference.  You can register on our Eventbrite site.  You must see your schools Point of Contact for the registration site and password.
How do I pay my registration fee?
  • The conference fee this year is $180.  Your payment must be recieved by October 28th in order to attend the conference.  These funds are used to pay for meals and transporation during the conference.
  • The only payment method that is currently being accepted is by check.
    Please make all checks payable to "US TREASURY".
  • Please send all registration checks to:
    MAJ Cole Pinheiro

United States Military Academy
Department of Social Sciences
Lincoln Hall, 607 Cullum Rd
West Point NY 10996

Which airport should I use?
  • Newark Liberty International Airport is preferred for pickup, although our staff will do pickups from LaGuardia International Airport and Stewart International Airport.
Will SCUSA representatives meet me at the airport? Where can I expect to see them?
  • SCUSA representatives will be picking up delegates at the approved airports. Please refer to the Transportation link for more information.

Transportation Information

What is the dress code? Should I bring different clothes for social events?
  • Most conference activities will be in business dress, with the exception of the following:
    Event​​ Date/Time Attire
    Travel/Registration Wed 4 November, upon arrival Business/Business Casual
    Delegate Mixer Thursday, 5 November Casual
    Keynote Reception/Banquet Thursday, 5 November Business
    Delegate Mixer Friday. 6 November Casual
The Conference standard operating procedures for dress code will be as follows:
  • Business Casual
    • Men: Slacks, collared shirt, blazer and tie optional
    • Women: Dress slacks or jacket, or skirt with blouse

  • Business
    • Men: Dark business suit, white or light shirt
    • Women: Cocktail dress, or knee length skirt and dressy top

  • Casual
    • Men: Khakis or slacks, polo shirt with collar
    • Women: Slacks or skirts with polo or buttoned shirt
What does the Lingo mean?
  • Cadet terms and acronyms can be confusing sometimes, so we have provided a brief list of acronyms that are good to remember.
    CPOC – Cadet Point of Contact. These are your go-to cadets for all information regarding SCUSA. If they don’t have the answer, they will find out the person who does.
    USMA – The United States Military Academy. This is the official name of our school, commonly referred to as “West Point.”
    Delegate – An attendee of SCUSA.
    Round Table – Your “small group” of SCUSA, so to speak. You will spend a majority of your time at the conference with members of your round table working through and discussing issues related to United States and world affairs.
    Beat Navy – This terms resounds deep within all cadets, and we hope you will adopt it during your time at SCUSA. The Naval academy is our main school rivalry, stretching back to the first Army-Navy football game in 1890.
    Class Names – At USMA, we have different names for class years. Freshmen are known as “Plebes,” sophomores are “Yearlings,” juniors are “Cows,” and seniors are “Firsties.” Each name has a unique story behind it, and we encourage you to talk to cadets about what those are.
Will I have access to a convenience store in case I forget anything?
  • Yes, there is a small Cadet Store in the cadet area that you will be able to purchase almost any basic necessity you may forget.
Where/with whom will I be staying during the conference?
How can I best prepare myself for the conference?
  • We will publish a conference theme paper and a white paper for each round table in October on this website. The best way to prepare is to read this paper to gain an overview of the conference and a brief understanding of your table topic.  Then you may do some focused research on the ideas brought up in the paper and potential policy recommendations. When reading, think about what you agree with, what you disagree with, and potential solutions to the issues discussed, etc. What are the social, political, economic, and cultural implications of your proposed policy?  We suggest that you read your table co-chairs' bios and review articles that they've published on the subject.  You may also talk to a faculty advisor in your school about the topics addressed in the paper.  Last, many of the student delegates bring unique and valuable life experiences that help inform the converstation.  Reflect on your experiences and feel free to share them during the discussion. 
Will I be able to connect to the internet during the conference?
  • There will be limited WIFI connectivity for this year's conference.