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The Summer Leaders Experience (SLE)


The Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) 2020 application period will open on January 15, 2020 and will remain open until March 15, 2020.

Session 1:  May 30 - June 5, 2020

Session 2:  June 6 - 12 , 2020

Applying to SLE is a two-part process. First, applicants must complete the candidate questionnaire. Click the big gray button in the middle of the last screen confirming your interest in SLE. You will see a confirmation after clicking the big gray button. Second, we will email you within 24-48 hours with your USMA ID and a link to the website where you select your workshop and session preferences.

SLE is highly competitive! 6,000 applicants compete for just 1,000 slots annually. SLE gives high school juniors a one-week immersive experience as a cadet to inform their college selection decision. SLE is a fast-paced program consisting of academic classes, military training, physical fitness training, and intramural athletics. SLE sessions are held during the first two weeks of June each year. You must have standardized test scores to be considered for SLE. More information about the requirements is below.


Preliminary requirements to attend the SLE are:

  • be a high school junior (current year)
  • be a US citizen
  • reach the age of 17 by July 1st, of the year they would be a USMA freshman
  • MUST have a valid PSAT, PLAN, SAT or ACT test score


How are you spending the summer after your junior year of high school?

Get introduced to a completely different college experience by attending our SLE. This is a week-long immersion in academic, military and social life for those considering the United States Military Academy. You will explore the United States Military Academy from all angles, including some intense military training and athletic activities. An action packed week, it’s the best way for you to gauge the challenges you would encounter and overcome as a United States Military Academy cadet.

Academics Experience

You can choose from a variety of courses in different academic areas, such as (click here for more details in our SLE Information Brochure):   

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Modern Languages
  • Psychology

Military Experience 

You will also take part in daily military training including:

  • Physical Training
  • Weapons Familiarization
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Leadership Reaction Course
  • Candidate Fitness Assessment (Click here for instructions)

Athletic and Social Experience

You'll enjoy a lot of social interaction including intramural sports and social events where you'll get to know fellow SLE attendees and West Point cadets. You will also have the chance to ask cadets questions about the Academy and the Army. The entire week will give you a good sense of whether the United States Military Academy is a good fit for you.

Once Open for Registration - Apply Early

Acceptance for SLE is very competitive, so apply online early. Approximately 500 students are selected to attend SLE for each of the two sessions. The cost is $460, not including your transportation costs. Admission for SLE is on a rolling basis, which means acceptance letters will go out even before the application deadline.  For more information please see our brochure and the link to the FAQ page on the right.  For any other questions, please email us at:

To apply for SLE, you must complete the Candidate Questionnaire first by clicking the yellow “APPLY NOW” button at the top of this page.