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United States Military Academy - 2016

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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

To become a cadet you must meet the requirements specified by public law and must be qualified academically, physically and medically. Each candidate must also obtain a nomination from a member of Congress or from the Department of the Army in a service connected category. As a candidate you are evaluated for admission on the basis of academic performance (high school record and SAT or ACT scores), demonstrated leadership potential, physical aptitude and medical qualification. West Point seeks a class composition of top scholars, leaders, athletes, women and minorities to maintain a diversified collegiate environment and student body. Candidates with outstanding qualifications in one or more areas and those who have extenuating social, financial, or ethnic disadvantages which create limited athletic, academic, or leadership opportunities receive special consideration for admission to the incoming class.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

All non-U.S. citizens interested in applying for Admission to the United States Military Academy at West Point are first advised to contact the U.S. Defense Attach� Office located at the American Embassy in their native country. The USDAO serves as the link between the student, the host nation, and the United States Military Academy.

Revision of Title X of the U.S. Code in 1963 authorized up to sixty International Cadets to study at USMA at any given time. Eligible countries are selected on an annual basis by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Each year, usually in mid-summer, these departments send a message through the U.S. Defense Attach� Officer in the American Embassies notifying invited nations of their selection to nominate up to six candidates per country to compete for admission to the U.S. Military Academy.

167 nations were invited to nominate candidates for admission to the U.S. Military Academy. The goal is to admit fifteen (15) International Cadets each year.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Not Applicable at USMA.

Residency Requirements


Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Students in college or with previous college credit may apply to West Point if they meet the basic requirements. However, those students still enter West Point as Plebes (freshmen) and must complete the four-year program.
West Point does not transfer credits from other institutions of higher education. However, courses recorded on official transcripts with a grade of “B” or better from other colleges, will be reviewed for validation credit. Cadets who validate courses may choose to take additional electives or request consideration for the advanced course in the respective subject. The final decision for validated credit is determined by the appropriate department.