Follow the admission steps for West Point by meeting the basic criteria, creating an online candidate file, filling out admissions forms and applying for a nomination. Required testing includes the SAT or ACT Plus Writing, a medical exam and the Candidate Fitness Assessment.
- Meet the basic criteria
To apply to the United States Military Academy at West Point, be a U.S. citizen, unmarried, not pregnant, not supporting any children, and between 17 and 22 years old. Have an exemplary high school academic record, and participate in sports and other extracurricular activities.
- Create a candidate file
Create a preliminary candidate file by the spring of your junior year in high school. Fill out the pre-candidate questionnaire. If the admissions committee determines you are a competitive candidate, you are sent additional forms. Complete these, and return them as soon as possible.
- Apply for a nomination
Apply for as many eligible nominations as you can, including to your Congressional representative, U.S. senators and the U.S. vice president. Only candidates with nominations are considered for admission.
- Take a medical exam
Take the medical exam from the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board. The review board sends you a letter stipulating the date and location of the exam, which may be at a civilian or an Army medical facility.
- Take the Candidate Fitness Assessment
Schedule the Candidate Fitness Assessment with your physical education teacher or a qualified military officer. The six events include a kneeling basketball throw, pullups, a 40-yard shuttle run, abdominal crunches, pushups and a 1-mile run.