Getting Started

Your Path to Success Starts Here

The U.S. Military Academy is the world’s preeminent institution for leadership development and higher education — it’s where America cultivates leaders for our nation’s future generations. Being accepted for admission into West Point is an exceptional honor and - in every regard - a degree earned from West Point speaks volumes about your abilities. 

If you are selected to attend the Academy, you will receive a fully funded, world-class education that includes tuition, room and board, medical and dental benefits, and a salary. What’s more, you are guaranteed employment in a leadership position, with competitive salary, serving as a commissioned officer in a career that matters. Furthermore, as a graduate, you join the ranks of the most highly distinguished and internationally respected group of alumni - the Long Gray Line. 

For these reasons and more, thousands of America’s best and brightest high school students apply for admission to West Point each year — but you should know that it takes more than excellent grades to earn an appointment to West Point. Applicants must have the necessary critical thinking skills to successfully navigate the academic rigors of a West Point education; they must be physically fit to meet the demands of military training and athletics; they must possess character that is beyond reproach; they must have grit; and they must have a desire for challenge and to be part of something bigger than themselves. Do you have what it takes?

High school seniors and second semester juniors ready to take the challenge, start with the Before You Start Your Application page.