Visiting West Point

From prospective Cadet Candidates visiting the United States Military Academy to guided tours of historic West Point to top-notch shows and sporting events, there are numerous reasons to visit West Point.  Please see below to find information that pertains to your type of visit.

Please Note: Entrance is allowed for business, for visiting staff, faculty and cadets who live on West Point, and for public events such as concerts, sporting events, cadet reviews and graduation.  Visitors may take a nominally priced guided bus tour of the Academy grounds departing from the West Point Visitors Center.  Please visit  West Point Tours for more details.  Foreign nationals without a qualified escort may only access West Point by taking a West Point tour.

Cadet Candidates

All visitors (except valid DoD ID card holders) must report to the  Visitor Control Center in order to obtain a background check to enter West Point. After completing the background check, you will be issued a West Point Local Area Credential which will authorize you to enter the installation. The Visitor Center is located approximately 1/4 mile outside the Thayer Gate at 2107 New South Post Rd, West Point, NY. The hours of operation are 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. You will not be able to attend an Admissions briefing and tour without these credentials. Please allow yourself an extra hour to complete this process.

For a prospective candidate guided visit, please make an appointment by calling the Admissions office at 845-938-5760/5759.  

If you are considering West Point for college, we invite you to come for a visit. From September to April, we have day tours available for you and your family to meet with cadets and staff.

Prospective candidates and their families may schedule a "daily admissions visit" which will be conducted Monday-Friday at 7:45 AM during the academic year when classes are in regular session (mid-August through mid-November, mid-January through April). Daily visits consist of a 1-hour briefing co-presented by an Admissions Officer and a current Cadet, a walking tour of the campus (weather permitting), an opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with an Admissions Officer, as well as a chance for the prospective candidate to attend classes and eat lunch with a Cadet. The briefing is conducted on the first floor of Bldg 606.

Appointments are required so please call (845) 938-5760/5759 to schedule your visit and obtain specific instructions.  These hours are applicable from September to April to coincide with the routine events of the academic calendar. No appointments will be scheduled during holidays, high-traffic event days (Graduation and R-Day), and Term End Exam periods.  

During the summer months (May- September) and other periods when classes are not in session, the briefings begin at 10:00 AM.  These "other periods" are defined by the academic calendar and include Reorganization week, graduation week, Term End Exam weeks (first two weeks of December and May), Thanksgiving break (typically starting the Friday before Thanksgiving),  winter break (typically the last 2 weeks in December through the first week of January), and Spring Break (which varies slightly each year). Regrettably, Cadets are not in residence during these above periods so there is no opportunity for the prospective candidate to attend classes or eat lunch with a Cadet.   

These "daily" visits, especially those conducted during the academic year, are the best way to become familiar with West Point – both as a top-ranked college and a military academy.

The campus is rich in beauty, architecture, and history – you can see it and feel it everywhere you go.  We invite you to experience it for yourself and at the same time, give us a chance to get to know you better.  During your visit, think about what it would be like to be a West Point Cadet.  Do you see yourself here?  Does it feel right?  Do you want to lead Soldiers and serve your country? 

We hope to see you soon.

On your GPS or Phone: 

City - First, if you do not posses approved DoD identification, please visit the Visitor Control Center at  2107 New South Post Road .  Then proceed to 1 Thayer Road, to the Thayer Gate.  Admissions is located down the road about 1 mile. 

Just 45 minutes north of New York City, West Point sits high on a hill overlooking the Hudson River. Spectacular views are just part of the natural and architectural beauty that is West Point. In your GPS, type in: 1 Thayer Road, West Point, NY.  This address takes you to the Thayer Gate. We are 606 Thayer Road.  Please bring identification to gain access on post.

Visitors with DoD Identification

Please proceed through any of the entrance gates.

General Public/Those with No DoD Authorized Identification

Please visit the West Point Garrison, Visit Us page.