Admissions COVID-19 Response FAQ

Class of 2024

When is R-Day?

R-Day will be staggered over 3 days from 12-14 July. 

When will I know my R-Day?

R-Day report dates and times will be released no later than 12 June but should be available prior to that date.

Will my siblings and I have the same R-Day?

Siblings will have the same R-Day reporting date/time.

When should I report on R-Day?

You should attempt to arrive NO EARLIER than 15-20 minutes from your assigned report time.  You will not be admitted to the installation prior to your report time window.

Will I be issued Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at West Point?

PPE to include face coverings, gloves, and individual hand sanitizers will be issued to Cadet Candidates upon entry to the installation.  A thorough packing list of all required items for Cadet Candidates to bring with them on their designated R-Day will be posted on their candidate portal shortly.  Cadet Candidates should continue to monitor their portals for updated information as it becomes available. 

Will I be placed in quarantine after I arrive as a New Cadet with the Class of 2024? 

All new cadets will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to West Point.  If you do not test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, you will begin training with a controlled monitoring posture consistent with other training installations in the Army. 

Will Cadet Candidates be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at West Point?  If they test positive, will they be allowed to enter the class?  

All Cadet Candidates will be tested for COVID-19 before entry into West Point.  Based on what is currently known, the vast majority of young people recover without medical issues.  In this context, there are no plans to deny admission to individuals who test positive for COVID-19 who are asymptomatic.  If your healthcare provider recommends being tested, we strongly encourage you to follow their advice, without worrying that your testing will impact your ability to access as a new Cadet.

If I am exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and have not tested positive for it, should I still plan to come to West Point on R-Day?  Should I be tested before my arrival?  Can I arrive later after R-Day after I have recovered?

Based on what is currently known, the vast majority of young people recover without medical issues.  In this context, there are no plans to deny admission to individuals who test positive for COVID-19 who are asymptomatic.  If your healthcare provider recommends being tested, we strongly encourage you to follow their advice, without worrying that your testing will impact your ability to access as a new Cadet.  There are no plans in place to admit candidates for the class passed the R-Day dates.  If an applicant is too ill to travel on R-Day, we will hold a seat in the Class of 2025 for this candidate with a conditional offer to 2025 based on future full medical qualification.

I have already bought tickets/arrangements.  How do I get those changed/reimbursed?

If your air travel was booked by SATO, please contact wpmacady@cwtsato.com.  For hotel reservations at the DoubleTree Newark Airport, call 1-800-222-8733 and provide the code WSP.  If you coordinated your flight/hotel reservations, you must contact your airline and/or hotel to request changes.  While many airlines have waived change fees for flight purchases, please check the airline website on guidance regarding changes.

Will training or the academic year be shortened?

Cadet Basic Training (CBT) will be four weeks long.  There is no current plan to shorten the academic year.

Is USMAPS an option for candidates who test positive?

All Cadet Candidates will be tested for COVID-19 before entry into West Point.  Based on what is currently known, the vast majority of young people recover without medical issues.  In this context, there are no plans to deny admission to individuals who test positive for COVID-19 who are asymptomatic nor any intent to defer them to USMAPS.  If your healthcare provider recommends being tested, we strongly encourage you to follow their advice, without worrying that your testing will impact your ability to access as a new Cadet.

Will I get to come home on Thanksgiving/Christmas?

It is our intent to allow Cadets to travel during these times, but we will follow all state and federal policies at that time based on the existing COVID-19 conditions at the time.

Are the faculty/trainers allowed to leave/come in contact with others?

The USMA staff and faculty are comprised of military and civilian employees who reside on and off the West Point campus.  While they will come in contact with others, West Point has established policies and procedures to protect all Cadets, Staff, Faculty, and Families who live and work on campus.

I think it is too dangerous to come this summer.  Can I defer to next year?

If you wish to withdraw your acceptance you may do so.  Communicate this intent with your regional commander.  We do not make blanket deferments to the following year, however, if you were selected for admission this year, it is highly likely you will also be selected next year as well.

When is A-Day?

We will provide further updates regarding any changes to A-Day should they arise.

DODMERB posted on their website that anyone infected with COVID-19 will be medically disqualified.  Is this true?

The U.S. Military Academy Office of Admissions continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely.  Based on what is currently known, the vast majority of young people recover without medical issues.  In this context, there are no plans to deny admission to individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and recover.  If your healthcare provider recommends being tested, we strongly encourage you to follow their advice, without worrying that your testing will impact your ability to access as a new Cadet.

I am unable to complete some items in my Admit Kit (Police Record Check, Dental, Vision, Immunizations) because I cannot get an appointment.  What can I do?

We understand there may be a delay in processing your requirements for admission and you may miss a deadline.  We will develop courses of action for this and make accommodations to adjust to the situation.  Continue processing all digital forms and requirements to the best of your ability.  Notify your regional team of any challenges you are having in this area.

I have mailed my Admit Kit documents per the instructions but my Candidate Portal still shows a red “X”.  Are documents still being processed?

We understand there are many concerns regarding red X’s on your candidate portal for admit kit items.  West Point, as with many other organizations around the country, are practicing social distancing, with many employees teleworking.  West Point Admissions continues to process mail before forwarding your documents to the correct department (Dental, Installation Security, Optometry, Cadet Accounting Services, etc).  Those departments also may be teleworking, therefore updates to the candidate portal are delayed.  If you have mailed in your documents, do not get stressed if you have a red X.  You have already vaulted the largest hurdle: you have been accepted to West Point.  We will work through the rest together.

What impact will the current teaching method have on GPA and how will Admissions views transcripts (i.e. pass/fail grades or graduating early due to COVID-19)?

West Point will continue to use the GPA method and standardized test scores to evaluate academic potential in applicants.  For seniors, we make admissions decisions on 7th semester transcripts which are already available by schools and submitted to USMA before the widespread US outbreak.  For juniors and sophomores, we will evaluate the impact on GPA across the nation.  A similar impact would have resulted if we used Rank In Class as well.  Early graduations will have no impact on our admissions decisions.

Will Cadet Candidates be tested before or during Cadet Basic Training for academic placement? And, how do we report any AP scores to WP? 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, we will conduct academic placement testing online prior to the arrival of the New Cadet on R-Day.  Look for the messaging in the near future on how this will be conducted.

Class of 2024 - FAQ for Parents

Where do we drop off our Cadet Candidates on R-Day?

Cadet Candidates will be dropped off at the United States Military Academy Prep School located just inside Washington Gate. Washington Gate is on the north side of West Point near Victor Constant Ski Slope just off Route 218.  A link to the map will be provided once available.

Will parents be allowed to enter West Point on R-Day? 

Parents will not be allowed entry to travel on West Point. Parents will only be allowed to drop off Cadet Candidates at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School just inside Washington Gate.

Will there be an Oath Ceremony? 

Once all new Cadets have completed their in-processing, West Point will hold an Oath Ceremony to be shared via social media platforms. The date and time of live stream and links will be shared with parents once details are determined.

Mail during Cadet Basic Training – are we allowed to send mail to our sons and daughters during Cadet Basic Training?

Yes, please check the candidate portals in late June for their PO Box assignment and address. Please share the address with family and friends. Please do not send packages, only cards and letters unless your Cadet Candidate has permission to receive a needed item(s).

Class of 2025

What impact will the current teaching method have on GPA and how will Admissions views transcripts (i.e. pass/fail grades due to COVID-19)?

West Point will continue to use the GPA method and standardized test scores to evaluate academic potential in applicants.  For seniors, we make admissions decisions on 7th semester transcripts which are already available by schools and submitted to USMA before the widespread US outbreak.  For juniors and sophomores, we will evaluate the impact on GPA across the nation.  A similar impact would have resulted if we used Rank In Class as well.  Early graduations will have no impact on our admissions decisions.

How will SSKs be opened for CCs who aren’t able to take the standardized tests due to COVID-19 cancellations?

If a rising senior has not yet taken the SAT and or ACT, we will use the PSAT or PLAN scores on file to open a SSK for applicants.  The testing agencies are expected to provide more test dates in the fall to offset the spring cancellations.

I was selected to attend Boys/Girls State but it has been cancelled.  Will I still get credit?

Submit a Letter from your American Legion and you will still receive full credit.

I was scheduled to take the SAT/ACT but it was cancelled.  Will the requirements and timelines be changed for the Class of 2025?

We understand that tests have been canceled across the country, however early communication from ACT and SAT indicate that they plan to increase the tests available in the Fall.  ACT and SAT’s current plan should facilitate a normal admissions timeline for the class of 2025. We are keeping a close eye on this issue and will continue to monitor and communicate if the situation changes.

Almost all extracurricular activities have been cancelled (sports, volunteer opportunities, community service).  How am I able to remain competitive and how will this affect a candidate’s ability to get the preferred requirements?  

As we continue to navigate through the changes this Spring and perhaps into next semester, we will take into full account the challenges our students face regarding cancellation of leadership opportunities.  We will work with you and your school leadership to ensure your file is accurately updated to reflect the activities that you would have participated in had COVID-19 not caused these cancellations.

Summer Leaders Experience

Has SLE been cancelled?

It is with great sadness we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Summer Leaders Experience Program at West Point.  Please know that we did not make this decision without considerable review and analysis.  We place the health and safety of our community, our candidates and their families paramount to all.  Any accepted applicant will receive a full refund for the program.  We will increase availability for overnight visits in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 for all SLE accepted candidates should the conditions allow. Go Army!

I was selected to attend SLE but it was cancelled.  Will I still receive credit despite not attending?

Rest assured if you were selected for SLE, your application is strong and highly competitive.  Although we regret the lost opportunity for you to attend SLE this Summer, West Point has never associated any “credit” for selection or attendance for SLE.   All SLE selectees who paid their registration fee will receive a full reimbursement in the next several weeks. 

I have already paid my deposit for SLE.  Will my money be refunded?

Yes, all deposits will be fully refunded.