Multi-Cultural by Design

The United States Military Academy is a national college that admits a racially, ethnically, and geographically diverse Corps of Cadets so as to reflect the racial and ethnic composition of our enlisted force and our country. We believe a diverse student body results in a superior education for our cadets and in phenomenal leaders for our nation’s enlisted soldiers.

To contact a Diversity Outreach Officer, please select your region on our Regional Map, and then scroll down to find your assigned representative.

Hear more from Cadets on Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect.

Minority Visitation Program

Minority Visitation Program: An annual all-expenses-paid, 3-day program of over 150 families to give diversity applicants a taste of student life. Contact an Admissions Officer for details.

Notable MVP Success Stories:

Diversity Clubs

Asian-Pacific Forum     Native American Heritage Forum     Korean-American Relations Seminar

Cultural (Contemporary) Affairs     National Society of Black Engineers     Society of Women

Engineers     Society for Professional Hispanic Engineers     Spectrum     Secular Student Alliance 

Corbin Forum   Japanese Forum     Latin Dance Club     Gospel Choir    

Vietnamese-American Cadet Association

Noteworthy Graduates


  • David Moniac 1822: First Native American graduate (Muscogee Creek Nation)
  • Henry O. Flipper 1877: First Black graduate
  • Benjamin O. Davis Jr. 1936: Commander of Tuskegee Airmen
  • Roscoe Robinson 1951: First Black four-star general
  • Oliver Howard 1854: Founder/namesake of Howard University, head of Freedmen’s Bureau
  • Eric Shinseki 1974: 34th Chief of Staff of the Army, first Asian-American four-star general
  • Lloyd Austin 1975: First Black Secretary of Defense, four-star general
  • Richard Morales, Jr. 1976: Rhodes Scholar and Physician, first Hispanic First Captain
  • George Harrington 1977: First Comanche Nation graduate
  • Vincent Brooks 1980: First Black First Captain, four-star general
  • Pat Locke 1980: First Black woman to graduate USMA
  • Nadja West 1982: Surgeon general of the army, highest ranking woman ever from USMA
  • Maritza Sáenz Ryan 1982: First woman and first Hispanic West Point department head
  • Adrian Perkins 2008: Mayor of Shreveport, LA


Why Attend West Point?

Acceptance into West Point is an extraordinary honor. West Point offers nationally ranked academic programs in nearly 40 majors and world-renowned leadership and ethics development opportunities. Many graduates pursue a career in military service as commissioned officers in top fields such as engineering, logistics, cyber, and healthcare management.  Others bring their leadership and career skills to the private sector as CEOs, senators, astronauts, and even U.S. presidents.

During our application review process, the Admissions Office considers the strengths, unique cultural and life experiences, and socio-economic backgrounds of our applicants to determine a whole-candidate picture.


Fully Funded Education

At West Point, the only expenditure is the effort you put forth for a lifetime of success. Other than incidental expenses such as a notebook computer, this four-year college experience is a fully funded scholarship for every student.  This includes tuition, room and board, medical and dental care, and an annual salary of over $10,000 to cover the cost of uniforms, books, and supplies.


100% Graduate Employment Rate

After graduation, cadets begin their careers serving five years on active duty as officers in the U.S. Army followed by three years in an active or inactive Army Reserve component. This is a small repayment for the West Point education because that five years in the Army translates to valuable leadership experience that stands out on a resume whether graduates pursue a career in the military or private sector.   


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