2Steps To West Point The Admissions Process NUMBER OF CANDIDATESTIME OF ACTION~1,200Report as a CadetJULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION2,500+Visit West PointAwait evaluation and statusComplete testing4,000+Obtain nominationWINTER OF SENIOR YEARComplete USMA FormsGaining admission to West Point is as much about the process as it is the attributes of the candidate. It is a complex process that involves several qualifications which make it far more rigorous than the traditional college application. This is further complicated by the law which mandates how we must select candidates. As such, helping a candidate navigate this process is an important function. Although this presentation provides the basics, candidates should be directed to their West Point Admissions Officer and local Field Force volunteers to assist them through the admissions process.Apply for a Nomination15,000+Start a File at West PointSPRING OF JUNIOR YEARDetermine whether you meet the basic requirements
3Step 1: Basic Requirements Legal Requirements:17-22 years oldUnited States CitizenUnmarriedNot pregnant; with no legal obligation to support a childThe first step is determining if a candidate meets the basic requirements. These are non-negotiable.
4Step 1: Basic Requirements (con’t) LeadershipDemonstrated leadership in school, community, church, scouts, etc.Academic Qualifications:Above average High School or College academic recordStrong performance on ACT/SATMedical Qualifications:Good physical and mental healthPass a Qualifying Medical ExamPhysical Qualifications:Above average strength, endurance, and agilityGood performance on Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA)Additionally, these are the 4 areas that West Point looks at for overall qualification. Each of these factors into either part of the overall Whole Candidate Score assessment (Academic 60%, Leadership 30%, Physical Fitness 10%) and/or one of the Academic, Physical, and Medical Qualifications necessary to compete for admission to West Point. These serve as the foundation that starts to narrow the group of over 500,000 potential applicants through the 15,000 that do apply to the 1,200 that eventually report for R-Day.
5Academic Preparation English 4 Years Mathematics RecommendedEnglish4 YearsMathematics(including Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus)Laboratory Science2 YearsForeign LanguageUnited States History1 YearComputer TechnologyAdditionally, under Academics, we look for a base level of preparedness. Candidates who do not meet these requirements may be reviewed for USMAPS or more likely left to go off to college for an extra year of preparation. If you think your candidate may have an issue with one of the basic requirements, you need to get them in touch with the Admissions Officer or local Field Force member to start planning an alternate course of action.
6Steps To West Point The Admissions Process NUMBER OF CANDIDATESTIME OF ACTION~1,200Report as a CadetJULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION2,500+Visit West PointAwait evaluation and statusComplete testing4,000+Obtain nominationWINTER OF SENIOR YEARComplete USMA FormsThe 2nd step is to start a file at West Point – this should be done in the Spring of their Junior year, though some highly qualified candidates can start later and still successfully complete the process.Apply for a Nomination15,000+Start a File at West PointSPRING OF JUNIOR YEARDetermine whether you meet the basic requirements
7Step 2: Open a FileStart a Candidate Questionnaire online from the admissions webpage:Usually opens in January to facilitate the Summer Leaders Experience application (apply Jan – 1 Apr)We open the application process in January (18 months before R-Day). The application begins with a Candidate Questionnaire (CQ) which is open to all interested candidates online as long as they meet the basic legal requirements. The CQ is used to screen the candidates for:Summer Leaders Experience if they start early enough (January through 1 April)Second Step Kit (SSK) – only those candidates that are likely to posses the necessary skills (Academic, Leadership, and Physical fitness) will be allowed to move onto the SSK.
8Steps To West Point The Admissions Process NUMBER OF CANDIDATESTIME OF ACTION~1,200Report as a CadetJULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION2,500+Visit West PointAwait evaluation and statusComplete testing4,000+Obtain nominationWINTER OF SENIOR YEARComplete USMA FormsDuring the summer between the junior and senior year, candidates should start the nomination process.Apply for a Nomination15,000+Start a File at West PointSPRING OF JUNIOR YEARDetermine whether you meet the basic requirements
9Step 3: Apply for a Nomination Congressional Nomination:Determined by nominating sourceService-Connected Nomination:Nomination by the Secretary of the Army for eligible applicantsEach congressional representative determines the eligibility and process for their nomination application. It can range anywhere from those that inquire will earn a nomination up to a very stringent process that entails a full application and several rounds of selective interviews.Service connected nominations are largely handled in admissions. With the exception of the Soldier nomination given by the candidates Company Commander, the rest are requests sent to admissions along with supporting documentation. If the documentation is sufficient and proper, the nomination is approved.
10CongressionalEach Member of Congress is authorized five (5) Cadet Appointments at West Point at any one time.Each Member may nominate up to ten (10) young people to fill each vacancy.The Vice President has five (5) Cadet Appointments for applicants from the United States at large.Each candidates is eligible for at least their US Congressional Representative, 2 US Senators, and the Vice President’s nomination. Generally, these increase in competition as you move from the local to the national level. Each of the representatives will generally use 1 of their 5 vacancies each year, and will nominate up to 10 individuals against that nomination. Those are the only individuals competing for that dedicated spot in the class.Contact Congressional offices EARLY; each member has his/her own time schedule & process
11Service-Connected 100 85, 85 20 ~15 Unlimited Presidential: Sons & Daughters of career military personnel100Regular Army & Reserve Components85, 85ROTC & JROTC Schools20Sons & Daughters of deceased & 100% disabled veterans~15There are also groups of vacancies reserved for service-connected nominations. While these numbers look significantly higher than the 1 used each year by a representative, the competition level is virtually the same. For instance, we can expect Presidential nominations competing for those 100 spots on a national competitive basis.A candidate should apply to every nomination source available in order to increase their chances of selection later. This is one area where candidates often get confused and go for the easiest nomination (ROTC or just their congressional office) and that leaves them without an offer later in the cycle.Sons & Daughters of Medal of Honor awardeesUnlimited
12Steps To West Point The Admissions Process NUMBER OF CANDIDATESTIME OF ACTION~1,200Report as a CadetJULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION2,500+Visit West PointAwait evaluation and statusComplete testing4,000+Obtain nominationWINTER OF SENIOR YEARComplete USMA FormsDuring the summer, the Second Step Kit (SSK) will open up.Apply for a Nomination15,000+Start a File at West PointSPRING OF JUNIOR YEARDetermine whether you meet the basic requirements
13Step 4: Complete USMA Forms Candidate Personal Data RecordRequest for Academic InformationSchool Official EvaluationsMathEnglishChemistry or PhysicsCandidate Activities RecordEssay / Candidate StatementCandidate Fitness AssessmentThe SSK is made available to competitive candidates online and is completed through the candidate’s personal portal. The CPDR and Statements are the only two completely controlled by the candidate and should be the first to be completed. The other forms require the candidate to input contact information for a teacher or a counselor and then the form is electronically provided to them for completion/certification. Since the SSK opens in the summer, only those candidates that planned ahead at the end of their junior year to get the right contact information for their school officials will have the ability to complete the SSK before the school year starts. While there is no requirement to finish that early, the general recommendation is to finish as soon as possible. A good target date for a candidate to be complete the USMA forms is 1 October.
14Steps To West Point The Admissions Process NUMBER OF CANDIDATESTIME OF ACTION~1,200Report as a CadetJULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION2,500+Visit West PointAwait evaluation and statusComplete testing4,000+Obtain nominationWINTER OF SENIOR YEARComplete USMA FormsThe 5th step is obtaining a nomination. This usually further necks down the pool of eligible candidates as congressional representatives rule out some potential candidates and others have to make the choice between which Service Academy is their priority. Most districts are too competitive to nominate candidates to more than one academy.Apply for a Nomination15,000+Start a File at West PointSPRING OF JUNIOR YEARDetermine whether you meet the basic requirements
15Obtain a NominationNominations are due to West Point no later than 31 JanuaryCongressional offices set their own deadlines for applicationsA nomination is NOT an appointmentAdvice for Candidates:Make the best impression possible; be prepared for your interviewBe aggressive in pursuing nominations!All nominations are due to West Point NLT 31 January. For most candidates this is not an issue because the congressional office sets their own timeline. However, potential service-connected nominees need to keep this date in mind. In working with candidates and congressional offices, please make it clear that this is not the preferred place to start. Some offices will nominate a candidate without an open file – it is highly unlikely that in January that this candidate will be able to complete the entire process in time to win the vacancy.Candidates who do not have a nomination on 1 February can expect that their file will be closed.
16Steps To West Point The Admissions Process NUMBER OF CANDIDATESTIME OF ACTION~1,200Report as a CadetJULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION2,500+Visit West PointAwait evaluation and statusComplete testing4,000+Obtain nominationWINTER OF SENIOR YEARComplete USMA FormsWhile a candidate can and should complete their application by early fall, they can continue to update their record at West Point. The most common of these is additional standardized testing scores.Apply for a Nomination15,000+Start a File at West PointSPRING OF JUNIOR YEARDetermine whether you meet the basic requirements
17Step 6: Complete Testing The EARLIER the BETTERACT/SATWest Point takes the highest component scores from either testLast test dates to have scores arrive in time for considerationSAT = JanuaryACT = FebruaryThese should not be the candidate’s first time taking the testQualifying Medical Examadministered through the Department of Defense Medical Evaluation Review Board (DODMERB)Cadet Fitness Assessment (CFA)The candidate will have had to submit some test scores before West Point will open their SSK. Sometimes this is done only with a PSAT and the candidate will delay testing. This is not the preferred method. They should first take the SAT and/or ACT at the end of their Junior year, again in the early fall of their Senior year and then in the winter. The absolute latest tests would be January for SAT and February for ACT.The Candidate Fitness Assessment is the lone fitness test for candidates and accounts for 10% of a candidates overall standing. Many candidates encounter problems because they are competitive in Fall sports and will put off taking the CFA until the season is over. While we recommend finishing much earlier (summer), every year there are those that delay and then are injured. As a result, sometimes they are unable to complete the CFA in time. On the other end of the spectrum are those that finish early and often times have a passing score from SLE. It is not a great score and as the admissions officer reviews the file, they may authorize them another CFA in order to improve their standing. These are the exception, not the rule.Finally, medical qualification. Again earlier is better, but some candidates take longer to get to the point of being qualified enough to be authorized medical exams. Additional “Remedial” tests may also be required. Candidates should complete all “Remedial” tests as soon as they can. The medical qualification deadline is 15 April; however, it is not good to be waiting for medical qualification while the class fills up.
18Steps To West Point The Admissions Process NUMBER OF CANDIDATESTIME OF ACTION~1,200Report as a CadetJULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION2,500+Visit West PointAwait evaluation and statusComplete testing4,000+Obtain nominationWINTER OF SENIOR YEARComplete USMA FormsAs candidates complete their application, admissions will start the evaluation process. Those that are deemed “Qualified” will compete within their nominations for vacancies into the class. The top candidates for each vacancy will receive offers, while all other nominated candidates will be put on the National Waiting List to compete for the remaining spots in the class.Apply for a Nomination15,000+Start a File at West PointSPRING OF JUNIOR YEARDetermine whether you meet the basic requirements
19Step 7: Await Evaluation Files must be complete by the last day of February.West Point uses a “deadline” admissions process; the majority of offers will be made in March immediately following the file completion deadline.West Point employs a hard admission deadline. Files failing to be complete will be closed on 1 March. Candidates should not wait until the last minute for their submissions, especially considering most of them require another individuals action (certification/completion). The file is not complete when the candidate completes their action, but rather when all the components are received in admissions.The majority of offers are made in March with subsequent offers made as late early June to fill the incoming class.
20Step 7: Await Evaluation (con’t) Advantages of Early File Completion:More time for the Candidate to improve based on Field Force and Admissions Officer recommendationsEarlier consideration for a Medical Waiver, if neededEarlier qualification that can benefit the Candidate in a nominating interviewGreater chance to be authorized an overnight visit in the Fall
21Steps To West Point The Admissions Process NUMBER OF CANDIDATESTIME OF ACTION~1,200Report as a CadetJULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION2,500+Visit West PointAwait evaluation and statusComplete testing4,000+Obtain nominationWINTER OF SENIOR YEARComplete USMA FormsFor those candidates that are offered, accepted, have a LOA or a LOE – they should visit West Point – even if they attended SLE, as a last check to make sure that they are making the right decision.Apply for a Nomination15,000+Start a File at West PointSPRING OF JUNIOR YEARDetermine whether you meet the basic requirements
22To set up a visit sign-up online or call 845-938-5760 Step 8: Visit West PointCandidate Orientation VisitsAvailable Monday through Friday during the academic yearDaily Visits are available for students who are at least in their sophomore year of high schoolOvernight Visits are available only for those who are competitive for an offer of admission (Candidates with Letters of Assurance, Letters of Encouragement, or Offers)Visits are cadet-escorted and offer an “up-close look” at the AcademyOvernight visits are reserved for those most likely to receive an offer of admission. Cadet time is valuable and we have limited resources. If a candidate who has no chance at gaining admission comes for a visit, that is one less spot to influence a candidate that does. The candidates can schedule the visit online at least 2 weeks out. If it is a shorter suspense, they are best to just call in for scheduling.After every visit there is the opportunity to meet with an Admissions Officer – it is not necessarily their RC. Realize that if every candidate met with “their RC” some would have very little time to work (Northeast primarily). That is why there is a Briefing Officer of the Day assigned to cover this duty.To set up a visit sign-up online or call
23Steps To West Point The Admissions Process NUMBER OF CANDIDATESTIME OF ACTION~1,200Report as a CadetJULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION2,500+Visit West PointAwait evaluation and statusComplete testing4,000+Obtain nominationWINTER OF SENIOR YEARComplete USMA FormsThe final step is reporting on R-Day as a New Cadet.Apply for a Nomination15,000+Start a File at West PointSPRING OF JUNIOR YEARDetermine whether you meet the basic requirements
24Report as a New Cadet Reception Day (“R-Day”) Come prepared physicallymentallyemotionallyWe will provide all accepted candidates with lots of inforead it!share it!So while the application may seem strenuous, there is more work to do once candidates accept their offer. There are also more questions from parents and candidates alike now that they have made that commitment. We send admissible mailings with forms that they need to fill out. We also send tips to get them ready. There may be some region specific recommendations such as if they are coming out of the high desert how to get ready for the muggy heat of the Hudson Valley during the summer. Make sure that candidates understand they must continue to prepare themselves for the rigors of West Point. This is where tying in with the parents club is even more important as they can begin to ease that information burden and integrate the parents to their group and put the candidate in touch with current cadets to answer their myriad of questions.
25No Surprises Read monthly mailings Explore www.usma.edu Ask Questions Letter from Honor ChairmanDescription of Summer TrainingSuperintendent’s VideoExploreBooks, Magazines, DocumentariesAsk QuestionsAdmissions OfficerField Force membersLocal Area Cadets and GraduatesVisit West PointDon’t hide what West Point is – show the candidate everything or show them where to find it. This has to be their choice. However, understand that much has changed since you graduated. Please refer candidates to resources that can provide them an accurate picture of what to expect. There is nothing worse than to see a New Cadet outprocessing – it means that we did great getting the candidate through the admissions process, but we failed by not arming them with the right information to determine West Point was not the right fit. Further, there is another candidate sitting at home that could have filled that vacancy at West Point and would have made an outstanding officer.
26Admissions Strategy Apply to all available nomination sources early Complete the USMA forms (SSK) earlyTake ACT and/or SAT multiple times; if taking the ACT, USMA requires you to take the optional Writing TestPractice for the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA)Prepare file carefully with emphasis on the Personal StatementHave a back-up planConsider ROTC in addition to West PointConsider reapplying next year, if necessaryMake the Admissions Decision that is Right for YOUThese are the main points all candidates should take away
27Reasons for Coming to West Point Recent Incoming ClassesReasonOverall %Desire to be an Army Officer30Self-Development18USMA’s Overall Reputation16Leadership Training14Academic Program13Other:Athletics5Family Influences2EconomicsCandidates interested in West Point need to understand the big picture and have a strong desire to serve their nation as an officer in the United States Army.
28Regional Admissions Teams Great Lakes Admissions TeamCPT Albert GomezCPT David White - OutreachMs. Patricia HigginsMs. Laura LanierAKHIWAIDORCANVAZUTWYMTRIPAMEVTCTNYNJNHMACPT GomezCPT WhiteMAJ GhazalCPT WrightNDSDILNEIAMNMIWIINOHWVKYNortheast Admissions TeamMAJ Tawofik GhazalCPT Mike Wright - OutreachMs. Cathy MullerMs. Sheila MurryNEGLCPT Nott1LT ConleyDEFar West Admissions TeamCPT Lyndsey Nott1LT Arron Conley - OutreachMrs. Zulma MelvinMrs. Mary PaezFWNMCOKSOKTXMOLAARTNMSVAMDNCSCGAALFLSESWOn behalf of the Director of Admissions, thank you for your service to our nation and the support you provide to our Long Gray Line. You are the face of West Point in your community and we appreciate your time and effort in educating high quality candidates and members of your community about West Point. Although this presentation provides the basics, please encourage candidates to direct tough questions to their West Point Admissions Officer and local Field Force volunteers. This slide provides a look at our team of Admissions Officers who can be reached by calling Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. Go Army – Beat Navy!Southwest Admissions TeamMAJ Andrew YangCPT Paul MarquesMs. Gladys GradyMr. Matthew MasonMAJ Turner1LT Mallard-BrownSoutheast Admissions TeamMAJ John Turner1LT Kimberly Mallard –Brown, OutreachMrs. Jodi HendricksonMs. Pat AdamsMAJ YangCPT MarquesRecruited Athletes and Congressional LiaisonMAJ Curtis UngerMs. Joyce AdamsDiversity Outreach RecruitingMAJ Betty MyrthilMrs. Michelle GreenActive / Reserve Soldiers,USMAPS, and Civil PrepMAJ Ryan LiebhaberMs. Reeva JohnsonMs. Michelle OldenburgNational Guard SoldiersMAJ Brian WirePhotoComingSoonMAJ UngerMAJ MyrthilMAJ LiebhaberMAJ Wire