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United States Military Academy - 2016

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Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


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 Army.
General Qualifications:
- Be 17 but not yet 22 years of age by July 1 of year admitted.
- U.S. citizen at time of enrollment (exception: foreign students nominated by agreement between U.S. and another country).
- Not be unmarried.
- Not be pregnant.
- Not be legally responsible for support of any child.

Academic Qualifications:
- Above-average high school or college academic record.
- Strong performance on the standardized Assessment (ACT) or the College Board Admissions Testing Program Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT).

Medical Qualifications:
- Be in good physical and mental health.
- Pass a Medical Exam.

Physical Qualifications:
- Above-average strength, endurance and agility.
- Strong performance on Candidate Fitness Assessment.


West Point seeks a class composition of top scholars, leaders, athletes, Soldiers, women, and minorities to maintain a diversified collegiate environment and corps. To prepare yourself for the academic curriculum at West Point, you should complete four years of English with a strong emphasis on composition, grammar, literature and speech; four years of college preparatory mathematics, to include algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra, and trigonometry as a minimum; two years of a foreign language; two years of a laboratory science such as chemistry and physics, and one year of U.S. history, including courses in geography, government and economics. If your school includes a course in pre-calculus and calculus in its curriculum, and a basic computing course, these courses will be helpful in preparing you for your first year at West Point. Also a well-rounded background in athletics and extracurricular activities such as student government, clubs, and other community activities provides leadership experiences that also reflect favorably on developing your leadership potential as an Army officer.