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1 Directorate of Admissions Steps to Admission

2 Steps To West Point The Admissions Process TIME OF ACTIONNUMBER OF CANDIDATES WINTER OF SENIOR YEAR JULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION 4,000+ 2,500+ ~1,200 SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR 15,000+ Report as a Cadet Visit West Point Await evaluation and status Complete testing Obtain nomination Complete USMA Forms Apply for a Nomination Start a File at West Point Determine whether you meet the basic requirements

3 Step 1: Basic Requirements Legal Requirements: – years old – United States Citizen – Unmarried – Not pregnant; with no legal obligation to support a child

4 Step 1: Basic Requirements (con’t) Leadership – Demonstrated leadership in school, community, church, scouts, etc. Academic Qualifications: – Above average High School or College academic record – Strong performance on ACT/SAT Medical Qualifications: – Good physical and mental health – Pass a Qualifying Medical Exam Physical Qualifications: – Above average strength, endurance, and agility – Good performance on Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA)

5 Academic Preparation English4 Years Mathematics (including Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus) 4 Years Laboratory Science2 Years Foreign Language2 Years United States History1 Year Computer Technology1 Year Recommended

6 Steps To West Point The Admissions Process TIME OF ACTIONNUMBER OF CANDIDATES WINTER OF SENIOR YEAR JULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION 4,000+ 2,500+ ~1,200 SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR 15,000+ Report as a Cadet Visit West Point Await evaluation and status Complete testing Obtain nomination Complete USMA Forms Apply for a Nomination Start a File at West Point Determine whether you meet the basic requirements

7 Step 2: Open a File Start a Candidate Questionnaire online from the admissions webpage: s/Home.aspx Usually opens in January to facilitate the Summer Leaders Experience application (apply Jan – 1 Apr)

8 Steps To West Point The Admissions Process TIME OF ACTIONNUMBER OF CANDIDATES WINTER OF SENIOR YEAR JULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION 4,000+ 2,500+ ~1,200 SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR 15,000+ Report as a Cadet Visit West Point Await evaluation and status Complete testing Obtain nomination Complete USMA Forms Apply for a Nomination Start a File at West Point Determine whether you meet the basic requirements

9 Step 3: Apply for a Nomination Congressional Nomination: Determined by nominating source Service-Connected Nomination: Nomination by the Secretary of the Army for eligible applicants

10 CongressionalCongressional  Each 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 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. Contact Congressional offices EARLY; each member has his/her own time schedule & process

11 Service-ConnectedService-Connected  Presidential: Sons & Daughters of career military personnel 100  Regular Army & Reserve Components 85, 85  ROTC & JROTC Schools 20  Sons & Daughters of deceased & 100% disabled veterans ~15  Sons & Daughters of Medal of Honor awardees Unlimited

12 Steps To West Point The Admissions Process TIME OF ACTIONNUMBER OF CANDIDATES WINTER OF SENIOR YEAR JULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION 4,000+ 2,500+ ~1,200 SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR 15,000+ Report as a Cadet Visit West Point Await evaluation and status Complete testing Obtain nomination Complete USMA Forms Apply for a Nomination Start a File at West Point Determine whether you meet the basic requirements

13 Step 4: Complete USMA Forms  Candidate Personal Data Record  Request for Academic Information  School Official Evaluations – Math – English – Chemistry or Physics  Candidate Activities Record  Essay / Candidate Statement  Candidate Fitness Assessment

14 Steps To West Point The Admissions Process TIME OF ACTIONNUMBER OF CANDIDATES WINTER OF SENIOR YEAR JULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION 4,000+ 2,500+ ~1,200 SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR 15,000+ Report as a Cadet Visit West Point Await evaluation and status Complete testing Obtain nomination Complete USMA Forms Apply for a Nomination Start a File at West Point Determine whether you meet the basic requirements

15 Obtain a Nomination – Nominations are due to West Point no later than 31 January – Congressional offices set their own deadlines for applications – A nomination is NOT an appointment – Advice for Candidates: Make the best impression possible; be prepared for your interview Be aggressive in pursuing nominations!

16 Steps To West Point The Admissions Process TIME OF ACTIONNUMBER OF CANDIDATES WINTER OF SENIOR YEAR JULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION 4,000+ 2,500+ ~1,200 SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR 15,000+ Report as a Cadet Visit West Point Await evaluation and status Complete testing Obtain nomination Complete USMA Forms Apply for a Nomination Start a File at West Point Determine whether you meet the basic requirements

17 Step 6: Complete Testing  The EARLIER the BETTER  ACT/SAT – West Point takes the highest component scores from either test – Last test dates to have scores arrive in time for consideration SAT = January ACT = February These should not be the candidate’s first time taking the test  Qualifying Medical Exam – administered through the Department of Defense Medical Evaluation Review Board (DODMERB)  Cadet Fitness Assessment (CFA)

18 Steps To West Point The Admissions Process TIME OF ACTIONNUMBER OF CANDIDATES WINTER OF SENIOR YEAR JULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION 4,000+ 2,500+ ~1,200 SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR 15,000+ Report as a Cadet Visit West Point Await evaluation and status Complete testing Obtain nomination Complete USMA Forms Apply for a Nomination Start a File at West Point Determine whether you meet the basic requirements

19 Step 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.

20 Step 7: Await Evaluation (con’t)  Advantages of Early File Completion:  More time for the Candidate to improve based on Field Force and Admissions Officer recommendations  Earlier consideration for a Medical Waiver, if needed  Earlier qualification that can benefit the Candidate in a nominating interview  Greater chance to be authorized an overnight visit in the Fall

21 Steps To West Point The Admissions Process TIME OF ACTIONNUMBER OF CANDIDATES WINTER OF SENIOR YEAR JULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION 4,000+ 2,500+ ~1,200 SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR 15,000+ Report as a Cadet Visit West Point Await evaluation and status Complete testing Obtain nomination Complete USMA Forms Apply for a Nomination Start a File at West Point Determine whether you meet the basic requirements

22 Step 8: Visit West Point  Candidate Orientation Visits Available Monday through Friday during the academic year Daily Visits are available for students who are at least in their sophomore year of high school Overnight 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 Academy To set up a visit sign-up online or call

23 Steps To West Point The Admissions Process TIME OF ACTIONNUMBER OF CANDIDATES WINTER OF SENIOR YEAR JULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION 4,000+ 2,500+ ~1,200 SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR 15,000+ Report as a Cadet Visit West Point Await evaluation and status Complete testing Obtain nomination Complete USMA Forms Apply for a Nomination Start a File at West Point Determine whether you meet the basic requirements

24 Report as a New Cadet – Reception Day (“R-Day”) – Come prepared physically mentally emotionally – We will provide all accepted candidates with lots of info read it! share it!

25 No Surprises – Read monthly mailings Letter from Honor Chairman Description of Summer Training Superintendent’s Video – Explore Books, Magazines, Documentaries – Ask Questions Admissions Officer Field Force members Local Area Cadets and Graduates – Visit West Point

26 Admissions Strategy – Apply to all available nomination sources early – Complete the USMA forms (SSK) early – Take ACT and/or SAT multiple times; if taking the ACT, USMA requires you to take the optional Writing Test – Practice for the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) – Prepare file carefully with emphasis on the Personal Statement – Have a back-up plan Consider ROTC in addition to West Point Consider reapplying next year, if necessary – Make the Admissions Decision that is Right for YOU

27 Reasons for Coming to West Point Recent Incoming ClassesReason Overall % Desire to be an Army Officer30 Self-Development18 USMA’s Overall Reputation16 Leadership Training14 Academic Program13 Other: Athletics5 Family Influences2 Economics2

28 AK HI WA ID OR CA NV AZ UT WY MT ND SD IL NE IA MN MI WI IN OH WV KY Northeast Admissions Team MAJ Tawofik Ghazal CPT Mike Wright - Outreach Ms. Cathy Muller Ms. Sheila Murry Great Lakes Admissions Team CPT Albert Gomez CPT David White - Outreach Ms. Patricia Higgins Ms. Laura Lanier Far West Admissions Team CPT Lyndsey Nott 1LT Arron Conley - Outreach Mrs. Zulma Melvin Mrs. Mary Paez Southwest Admissions Team MAJ Andrew Yang CPT Paul Marques Ms. Gladys Grady Mr. Matthew Mason Southeast Admissions Team MAJ John Turner 1LT Kimberly Mallard –Brown, Outreach Mrs. Jodi Hendrickson Ms. Pat Adams NM CO KS OK TX MO LA AR TN MS VA MD NC SC GA AL FL MAJ Ghazal MAJ Turner CPT WrightCPT White Active / Reserve Soldiers, USMAPS, and Civil Prep MAJ Ryan Liebhaber Ms. Reeva Johnson Ms. Michelle Oldenburg MAJ Liebhaber National Guard Soldiers MAJ Brian Wire Recruited Athletes and Congressional Liaison MAJ Curtis Unger Ms. Joyce Adams Diversity Outreach Recruiting MAJ Betty Myrthil Mrs. Michelle Green MAJ WireMAJ UngerMAJ Myrthil 1LT Mallard-Brown PhotoComingSoon CPT Gomez 1LT ConleyCPT Nott CPT MarquesMAJ Yang RI PA ME VT CT NY NJ NH MA DE


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