Information for High School Sophomores

Now is a good time to think about the kind of college you want to attend – and what kind of life you want to lead after college.

Do you want to attend a highly selective college with nationally ranked academic programs and a world-renowned leadership development system? One where every student is an athlete? Where service to others really matters? Do you want to be a leader in solving global problems? Achieve your dreams while making the world a better, safer place?

Challenge Yourself

You have time to consider your path, but if you’re interested in a top-tier college like West Point, you should begin to prepare yourself now.


  • Take challenging courses in a college-preparatory program
  • Earn A's and B’s consistently throughout high school
  • Take the PSAT and PLAN early and often - plan to take the SAT/ACT at the beginning of your junior year

Leadership – Position yourself to become a leader in junior year

  • Become a member of clubs or other organizations in your community, school, or church
  • Work to become an officer in the organizations you belong to
  • Ask a teacher, coach, or counselor to help you find ways to serve

Physical – Improve your physical strength and endurance

  • Participate in sports; join an athletic team at your school
  • Practice the Candidate Fitness Assessment events
  • Look at the West Point Department of Physical Education's preparation page
  • Run

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