Diversity at the United States Military Academy


Where Diversity is a Way of Life

The United States Military Academy is a national college that by law, admits young men and women from across the nation. Naturally, its student body ─ the Corps of Cadets ─ reflects the racial and ethnic composition of our country. This offers students a more diversified educational experience.  Today more than one-third of the U.S. Army’s enlisted force is comprised of minorities, so there’s always a need for officers of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to serve as leaders for our diverse Army. You can contact the Diversity Outreach Officer working with prospective cadets from your region of the country using the Regional Map.

Why Should I Consider West Point?

 Leadership development starts on the first day; everything cadets experience is focused on developing leaders who upon graduation, will serve as officers when they are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. West Point is about choosing a direction in life that places service to the nation first and allows each graduate to be a standard bearer for their generation and the generations that follow.  After their service, whether five years or a career, West Point graduates lead in business, government, in their communities, and nationally.  If you're looking for an excellent education, followed by a rewarding career, consider the United States Military Academy at West Point. 


 Foundation for Achievement

 A West Point education, paired with Army officer specialties (in dozens of area such as engineering, information technology, logistics, intelligence, law enforcement, medicine, law and finance to name a few), translate into well educated and prepared young men and women.  West Point alumni include four-star generals, CEOs, senators, astronauts, professional athletes, actors and even U.S. Presidents. 


What Does It Cost to Go to West Point?

 Nothing.  Your only expenditure will be the effort you’ll put forth to set yourself up for a lifetime of success. Other than a nominal initial deposit to cover incidentals like the a notebook computer, this four-year college experience is a fully funded scholarship.  This includes tuition, room and board, medical and dental care, and more. You’ll also get an annual salary of more than $10,000 a year as a cadet at West Point, with which you’ll buy things like  your uniforms, books and supplies.   After graduation you will serve on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army for a minimum of five years, followed by three years in an active or inactive Army Reserve component. Graduates consider this to be a small repayment for the West Point education and leadership experience during your time at the Academy.


How to Prepare

  • Start now to become familiar with the admissions process. 
  • Improve your academic, leadership and fitness skills.
  • Follow the advice outlined in the Prospective Student section of this site.

  • If you have questions about anything, contact the Diversity Outreach Office using the"Meet the Diversity Outreach Team" link listed below. We will mentor and support you in becoming a competitive applicant.  In evaluating all applicants, the Admissions Office gives appropriate consideration to particular strengths and cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Imagine yourself as a West Point cadet