The SLE application is a two-part process. First, applicants must complete the "Candidate Questionnaire" which is Part I of the United States Military Academy application. Since this first step in applying for the Summer Leaders Experience is Part I of the USMA application process, SLE applicants will also have an open USMA application file. This will save them time and effort should they later decide to apply to become a USMA cadet.
After finishing Part I, applicants interested in SLE must submit Part II (Workshop/Week Preferences) in order to compete for an SLE offer. When the application window is open, links to the SLE application can be found in the top right corner of this page or using the button labeled "Apply for SLE" at the bottom of this page. The link will only appear during the SLE application window January through March.
To be clear, individuals interested in applying for the Summer Leaders Experience MUST complete Part I, the Candidate Questionnaire, and then apply specifically for SLE using the button that appears on the bottom of this page during the active application window.
Get introduced to a completely different college experience by attending our SLE. This is a week-long immersion in academic, military and social life for those considering the United States Military Academy. You will explore the United States Military Academy from all angles, including some intense military training and athletic activities. An action packed week, it’s the best way for you to gauge the challenges you would encounter and overcome as a United States Military Academy cadet.
You can choose from a variety of courses in different academic areas, such as (click here for more details in our SLE Information Brochure):
- Modern Languages
You will also take part in daily military training including:
- Physical Training
- Weapons Familiarization
- Obstacle Courses
- Leadership Reaction Course
You'll enjoy a lot of social interaction including intramural sports and social events where you'll get to know fellow SLE attendees and West Point cadets. You will also have the chance to ask cadets questions about the Academy and the Army. The entire week will give you a good sense of whether the United States Military Academy is a good fit for you.
Acceptance for SLE is very competitive, so apply online early. Approximately 500 students are selected to attend SLE for each of the two sessions. The cost is $400, not including your transportation costs. Admission for SLE is on a rolling basis, which means acceptance letters will go out even before the application deadline. Each year there are a limited number of needs-based scholarships to defray the cost of attendance. Selected applicants will receive more informaiton about applying for need-based scholarships. It is our goal to ensure financial means are never an obstacle to a worthy candidate's SLE attendance. For more information please see our brochure and the link to the FAQ page on the right. For any other questions, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: SLE was formerly known as the Summer Leaders Seminar (SLS). The program's title has been changed to Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) because this new title is descriptively more accurate. If you encounter older literature or resources referring to SLS, please know that this is effectively referring to the current SLE program and except for the name, is very much the same experience described in that literature.
To apply for SLE while the application window is open, you must first complete the Candidate Questionnaire located HERE.