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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 70th 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 70! Registration will be open until October 10th, 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?
  • All payments must be done through The link is provided.
Which airport should I use & when should I arrive?
  • Newark Liberty International Airport is preferred for pickup, although our staff will do pickups from LaGuardia International Airport and Stewart International Airport.


  • Arrival: You should arrive at our bus pick-up points at a regional airport no later than 2:00 pm on October 24th.  It is best to build extra time/flexibility into your schedule, and we recommend landing around noon so that you can collect your luggage and move to the bus pickup point. 


  • Departure: You should plan a return flight no earlier than 4:30 pm on October 27th.  Again, it is best to build extra time into your schedule to account for unforeseen delays due to traffic or airport security.


  • Transportation Questions? Please direct all transportation questions to CDT Kaylie Breslin at
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, 24 October, upon arrival Business/Business Casual
    Delegate Mixer Friday, 26 October Casual
    Keynote Reception/Banquet Thursday, 25 October Business

The Conference standard operating procedures for dress code will be as follows:

Most important item:  You must always carry a government issued Identification Card on you.  This is a standard security requirement on all military facilities. 

  • 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


  • Government issued Identification:  You must always carry a government issued identification card.  This is a standard security requirement on all military facilities.  If you are a foreign student, please carry your countries identification card, along with a US document (Passport, proof of Visa, etc).
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?
  • Guest delegates under the age of 27 will be staying with cadet hosts in the barracks.  Students in this category should bring a sleeping bag or blanket.
  • If you are 27 years or older, you must arrange for your own lodging in a hotel near West Point at your own cost.  We recommend the IHG 5 Star Hotel:
How can I best prepare myself for the conference?
  • We will publish a conference theme paper and a white paper for each round table towards the end 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 conversation.  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.