Steps to Admission 

Step 1. Apply Online

West Point will start your candidate file upon receiving a completed Candidate Questionnaire online in the middle of your junior year in high school or as soon after that as possible. You must have a Social Security Number to start a file. Your file will be reviewed, and you will be notified if you have the qualifications to compete for admissions.

General Qualifications

Candidates must meet the following basic eligibility requirements:

  • Be at least 17 but not older than 22 on July 1 of the year they enter West Point.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Not be married.
  • Not be pregnant.
  • Not be legally responsible for child support.

For more information, check out the Before You Start Your Application page

Step 2. Contact Your Field Force Representative

The West Point Field Force is comprised of volunteer Admission Representatives for the U.S. Military Academy, and they are your best source of information about applying to the Academy. Your local Field Force Representative is your strongest advocate and your direct West Point — they’re there to assist you with completing the application process, and to answer any questions you might have. 

Find Your Field Force Representative

Step 3. Attend the Summer Leaders Experience

The  Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) is an optional, week long, immersive experience at West Point for you to sample and get hands on with the various aspects of Cadet Life, including the pillars of a West Point education; academic rigor, military training, physical fitness, and character development.  

Q: Is it mandatory to attend the Summer Leaders Experience?

A: No — SLE is an optional experience for those applicants looking to explore further whether West Point is everything they want it to be. Check out the  Summer Leaders Experience page to see what the program has to offer you or to open your application to attend SLE 20XX.

Step 4. Apply For A Nomination 

Candidates must receive a nomination to attend the U.S. Military Academy.  Nomination sources include Congressional (either through your Representative or one of your State’s Senators) or Service-Connected.
Locate your Congressional Representative or Senators .
Learn more about applying for a nomination and for how to format a letter to your Representative or Senators.

Q. When should I apply for a nomination?

A: You should apply for nominations beginning in the Spring of your junior year in high school. 

  • At a minimum, candidates are eligible for a congressional nomination from their Representative,  from both of their Senators, and the Vice President of the United States. That’s four chances — so apply for them all. 

Step 5. Complete Tests

West Point candidates must complete and submit results of several tests to remain competitive for appointment to USMA:

  • Medical Exam (DODMERB)
  • Candidate Fitness Assessment
  • SAT or ACT with Writing Portion

Medical Exam

You will receive a letter from the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board, known as “DoDMERB.” It will give you the location and date of your exam. You will be scheduled at a civilian medical facility or at an Army, Air Force or Navy facility near your home. Afterward, DoDMERB will forward the test results to you.

You can track your medical status at


TIP: Take your medical exam as soon as possible. It can take several months to get qualified, if more information is needed. If you haven’t been scheduled by DoDMERB by the fall of your senior year, contact the Admissions Office.

Candidate Fitness Assessment

You will schedule your CFA with your physical education (PE) teacher. The Candidate Kit has the test form and instructions you can forward in PDF format. Your performance in six events will be judged:

  • Basketball throw (from a kneeling position)
  • Cadence pull-ups or flexed-arm hang (women's option)
  • 40-yard shuttle run (for time)
  • Abdominal crunches (number completed in 2 minutes)
  • Push-ups (number completed in 2 minutes)
  • 1-mile run (for time)

Afterward, the teacher will submit your score sheet online to the Admissions Office.

Who can administer the CFA besides my PE teacher?

  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Military Academy Liaison Officers
  • Military Officers or Noncommissioned Officers
  • Professors of Military Science
  • J/ROTC Instructors

TIP:  Prepare for the CFA by practicing the six test areas. Running, general conditioning exercises and competitive sports will also strengthen your abilities.

SAT or ACT with Writing Portion

The tests must be timed and include a writing score. The SAT includes a writing exam, but if you’re registering for the ACT, select the "ACT Plus Writing" exam to be considered for admission.

TIP:  Take the tests as many times as practical. We will only consider your highest scores.

Step 6. Schedule A Visit

If you haven't already, now is the time to come see for yourself what makes the U.S. Military Academy one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education! Visits during the academic year include:

  • Cadet life briefing with a first year cadet
  • Walking tour with a cadet
  • Attend a class
  • Lunch in the cadet mess
  • Admissions information briefing
  • Parents club information briefing
  • Individual file assessment with Admissions Officer

Step 7. Ensure Your File is Complete


There’s no room for “oops”. Be sure to frequently check your West Point Candidate Portal for notifications or updates on your application status. Also, you want to ensure  you’ve uploaded all the required documents. Required documents include:

  • Transcripts
  • School official evaluation
  • Candidate statement
  • Candidate Fitness Assessment
  • Medical Exam (DODMERB)
  • Nominations

Have you sent all of your nomination requests? Did you meet those deadlines?
Have your ACT and/or SAT scores been sent to us?
Have you completed the forms in your candidate kit?
Are you practicing the six performance areas to prepare for your Candidate Fitness Assessment?
Have you had the Qualifying Medical Examination (DODMERB)?

Q: Does West Point conduct rolling admissions? 
A: No — West Point does not conducts rolling admissions. 

Q: When can I expect to receive an offers for admission? 
A: Offers of admission into the U.S. Military Academy are typically received between November and June of the following year. However, depending on a candidates competitiveness, a fully-qualified candidates whose file is completed, may expect to receive an offer even before then.