Applications for the Summer Leaders Experience open February 1st, 2024

SLE Sessions:

Session 1: June 1 - 7, 2024

Session 2: June 8 - 14, 2024

Summer Leaders Experience

Inside the West Point Experience

Led by current cadets, Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) is a week-long immersion into the academic, military, and social life of a West Point cadet. At SLE, you will explore West Point from all angles, including our high-tech educational facilities, team-building athletic activities, and realistic military training.

SLE gives you a taste of the character, determination, commitment to excellence, and leadership required to be a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA).

Sign up for SLE: First Step Candidate Questionnaire

Second Step: Click "I'm Interested" on the confirmation page after completing the Candidate Questionnaire.

To be considered to attend the Summer Leaders Experience, students are required to complete our application screening tool, the Candidate Questionnaire; please keep in mind that completing the Candidate Questionnaire is not an obligation to attend West Point, but it will keep the option open during your college search.

Be Part of a Team

The cornerstone of an effective team is trust and respect. Problem-solve with other top scholars, leaders, and athletes from around the country to develop clear courses of action in the face of complex challenges in order to achieve a unified mission.

The program is demanding in terms of academic, military, and physical abilities, but you will form life-long connections and friendships with your teammates during your journey.


Emerge as a Leader

West Point graduates are trained as leaders, with the character needed to make a meaningful impact on the world. At SLE, every mission is an opportunity for you to emerge as the team member others look to as an example. Throughout the program, you will be mentored by current West Point cadets who will use their hard-won leadership skills to plan and guide you during your time at SLE.

See if you have what it takes to join the ranks of West Point's brightest scholars, athletes, and leaders from across the nation: your future classmates. 

Overcome Academic Challenges

West Point is continually ranked among top undergraduate public universities. Explore the outstanding academic opportunities West Point cadets experience every day.

During our summer program, you can customize your experience by choosing courses from a variety of academic disciplines and working in USMA's cutting-edge academic facilities.

Develop as an Athlete

At the Academy, every cadet is an athlete. SLE will challenge you with military fitness competitions and highlight West Point's athletics programs through forums with coaches from across the Academy.

The Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) required for admission to USMA is difficult. SLE also offers you a chance to get CFA training and advice from those who have passed in order to maximize your athletic potential.

Summer Leaders Experience FAQs

SLE provides many activities and experiences that will challenge you mentally and physically as well as give you unprecedented insight into whether or not USMA is a good fit for you, including the following:

  • One-on-one time with a West Point cadet
  • Opportunity to explore our academic curriculum
  • Forum with West Point athletics coaches
  • Counseling sessions with the West point Admissions team.
  • Training and experience in U.S. Army squad, platoon, and company leadership.
  • Cadet Fitness Test training and tips for success.
  • Intense team-building activities with other elite high school students
  • Graduation ceremony for West Point Summer Leaders Experience
  • Social events that provide insight into cadet life

SLE applications are accepted from February 1st through March 15th of your junior year in high school.

To apply, complete the West Point Candidate Questionnaire.  It is important to fill out the complete application, have good grades and valid test scores. 

After completing the questionnaire, a gray button that reads "Send me information!" will appear. If you are interested in attending SLE, select the gray button to complete your application.

Approximately 1100 students are selected to attend SLE each summer. Invitations to the seminar are awarded on a competitive basis using the academic, athletic, and extracurricular information provided in the SLE application.

Applicants will be informed of their status by mid-April.

One of our top goals is to educate a more ethnically diverse student body than ever before. West Point selects a supremely talented, geographically diverse student body from all 50 states.

The cost of attendance is $625, but generous need-based scholarships are available. There is no application fee. 

The cost covers clothing, supplies, meals, lodging, and instructor expenses. It does not cover travel to and from West Point.

Buses are available to West Point from Newark Airport.

Applicants must: 

  • be a high school junior (current year).
  • be a US citizen.
  • reach the age of 17 by 1 July during your applying year to West Point.
  • have no serious medical issues.

There are only 1100 slots and entry into the SLE program is highly competitive.  The average attendee:

  • has the following test* score range:
    • SAT 1200-1300.
    • ACT 26-30.
  • is in the top 20% of their class.
  • is a member of the National Honor Society.
  • participates in high school clubs.
  • participates in extracurricular leadership activities
  • is in very good physical condition, a varsity letter winner, and/or team captain.

If you don't fit all of these categories, you should STILL APPLY.  If your dream is to attend the United States Military Academy and become an Army officer, you have to try! 

Many who attend SLE ultimately end up joining the Long Gray Line.

*Standardized test scores are not required but the ideal applicant has a strong academic background and participates in team sports and other extracurricular activities.

SLE is a tool that will help students understand why West Point might be a good fit for them.

By applying for the Summer Leaders Experience you are also opening an admissions file at the Academy.

SLE attendance will help prospective cadets understand the full application process; however, it has no bearing on West Point admissions decisions.

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