Getting Started

The 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 world-class education that is fully funded including tuition, room, board, medical and dental benefits, and a salary. What’s more, after graduation, you are guaranteed employment in leadership; 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 graduates; the Long Gray Line. 

For these reasons and more, every year, thousands of America’s best and brightest high school students apply for admission into West Point — but you should know that it takes more than excellent grades to gain admittance. Applicants must be intelligent and imbued with the necessary critical thinking skills to successfully navigate the academic rigors of a West Point education; they must be fit to meet the physical demand of military training and the athletic challenge of competitive sport; they must possess character that is beyond reproach and a desire to accept the challenge to be part of something bigger than yourself. Does this sound like you?

If you are a high school junior or senior who’s ready to start your application, check out the Before You Start Your Application page.