USMA ADMISSIONS
The Premier
Institution for
Leader Development
USMA ADMISSIONS
USMA ADMISSIONS
Mission
To educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets
so that each graduate is
a commissioned leader of character
committed to
the values of Duty, Honor, Country;
professional growth throughout a
career as an officer in the United States Army; and
a lifetime of selfless service to the Nation.
USMA ADMISSIONS
The Honor Code
A Cadet will not
lie, cheat, or steal,
nor tolerate those who do.
USMA ADMISSIONS
The West Point Experience
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Military Academy
Honor Code
Senior Class Responsible for Leadership
Summer Training
Broad Academic Experience
Activities
Financial Independence
Career Opportunities
USMA ADMISSIONS
Elements of Excellence
• Whole Person Development
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Leadership
Education
Small Classes, Excellent Faculty
Spiritual and Physical Development
• Academic Achievement
– Rhodes, Hertz, and Marshall Scholars
– 90% with Graduate Degrees
• Support System
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Admissions Participants
Sponsor Program
Parents Clubs
West Point Societies
USMA ADMISSIONS
Academic Program
9 Electives for Field of Study / 10-13 Electives for Major
4 Military Science
1 Philosophy/Ethics
2 Foreign Language
3 Social Sciences
2 Leadership
3 English
4 History
1 Law
16 Sem Crs
Humanities and Social Science
4 Physical Education
The Core
5 Engineering Science/Design
1 Computer Science
1 Terrain Analysis
2 Chemistry
2 Physics
4 Math
15 Sem Crs
Math, Science, & Engineering
USMA ADMISSIONS
Typical Academic Program
FRESHMAN YEAR
SOPHOMORE YEAR
FIRST TERM
English Composition
Chemistry
Mathematics
History
Psychology
Physical Education
FIRST TERM
Foreign Language
American Politics
Philosophy
Mathematics
Physics
Physical Education
SECOND TERM
Literature
Chemistry
Computer Science
Mathematics
History
Physical Education
Military Science
SECOND TERM
Foreign Language
Economics
Mathematics
Physics
Terrain Analysis
Physical Education
Military Science
USMA ADMISSIONS
Typical Academic Program
JUNIOR YEAR
SENIOR YEAR
FIRST TERM
FIRST TERM
Engineering Science
International Relations
Military History
Physical Education
SECOND TERM
Engineering Science
Military History
English
Military Leadership
Elective
Physical Education
Military Science
Engineering Science
Engineering Design
Constitutional Law
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective
Physical Education
SECOND TERM
Engineering Design
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective
Physical Education
Military Science
USMA ADMISSIONS
Academic Program
Math-Science-Engineering
Applied Science & Engineering
Basic Sciences Interdisciplinary
Chemistry and Life Science
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Management*
Engineering Physics*
Environmental Engineering*
= MAJORS
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= No field of study offered
Environmental Science
Geography
Information Systems Eng.*
Mathematical Science
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Operations Research
Physics
Systems Engineering
USMA ADMISSIONS
Academic Program
Humanities & Social Sciences
American Legal System
Art, Philosophy and Literature
Behavioral Sciences
Economics
Foreign Area Studies
Foreign Languages
Geography
History
Leadership and Management
Military Art and Science
Political Science
= MAJORS
USMA ADMISSIONS
Military Program
FOURTH CLASS YEAR
• 6-Week Cadet Basic Training
• New Cadets formally accepted
into the Corps
•General Military Instruction
THIRD CLASS YEAR
•8-Week Military Field Training
•Camp Buckner, NY
•Fort Knox, KY
•Combined Arms Operations
•General Military Instruction
USMA ADMISSIONS
Military Program
SECOND CLASS YEAR
•Drill Cadet Leader Training
•Second Class Detail
•Specialty Training, e.g. Air Assault,
Airborne, Mountain Warfare, etc.
•Individual Advanced Development
•Military Leadership Courses
FIRST CLASS YEAR
•Cadet Troop Leader Training
•First Class Detail
•Corps Leadership
•Individual Advanced Development
•Military Leadership Courses
USMA ADMISSIONS
Scholarships/Fellowships
RHODES
MARSHALL
HERTZ
(SINCE 1923)
(SINCE 1983)
(SINCE 1969)
Harvard
Yale
Princeton
USMA
Stanford
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USAFA
USNA
264
175
158
73
64
:
31
31
Harvard
Princeton
Yale
Stanford
MIT
Brown
USMA
:
USNA
USAFA
82
45
31
30
25
23
17
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9
4
MIT
Stanford
USMA
Princeton
Harvard
USAFA
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Yale
USNA
96
62
37
37
31
26
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13
8
USMA ADMISSIONS
The
Candidate
USMA ADMISSIONS
Whole Candidate Concept
ACADEMIC
ABILITY
60%
CADET
LEADERSHIP
POTENTIAL
30%
PHYSICAL
APTITUDE
10%
West Point seeks
well-rounded young
people who demonstrate
excellent academic ability,
leadership potential,
and physical aptitude.
USMA ADMISSIONS
Evaluation Process
• ACADEMIC (60%)
– SAT and/or ACT
– High School Rank
– Transcript
• LEADERSHIP (30%)
– Extracurricular Activities
– Athletic Participation
– Faculty Appraisals
• PHYSICAL APTITUDE EXAMINATION (10%)
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Pull-ups/Flexed-arm Hang
Basketball Throw (kneeling position)
Standing Long Jump
300 Yard Shuttle Run
Push Ups
USMA ADMISSIONS
Academic Preparation
English
4 Years
Mathematics
4 Years
(including Trigonometry and PreCalculus)
Laboratory Science
2 Years
Foreign Language
2 Years
United States History
1 Year
Computer Science
1 Year
USMA ADMISSIONS
Cadet profile: Class of 2004
Top 20% of High School Class-------------------------------Valedictorians---------------------------------------------------Salutatorians-----------------------------------------------------National Merit Scholarship Recognition-------------------National Honor Society----------------------------------------Boys/Girls State-------------------------------------------------Class or Student Body President----------------------------Scouting Participant-------------------------------------------Eagle Scout or Gold Award Winner----------------Varsity Letter Winners---------------------------------------Team Captain--------------------------------------------
72%
5%
3%
15%
58%
18%
19%
43%
13%
89%
43%
Mean SAT: Verbal - 621, Math - 641
Mean ACT: English - 27, Math - 28, Sci/Reas - 27, Reading - 29
USMA ADMISSIONS
The Steps
USMA ADMISSIONS
STEPS TO WEST POINT
THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
NUMBER OF CANDIDATES
TIME OF ACTION
1,150
2,500
Report as a Cadet
JULY OF YEAR OF ADMISSION
Visit West Point
Await evaluation and status
Complete testing
5,000
Obtain nomination
WINTER OF SENIOR YEAR
Complete USMA Forms
13,000
Start a File at West Point
Apply for a Nomination
Determine whether you meet
the basic requirements
SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR
USMA ADMISSIONS
Basic Requirements
• Legal Requirements:
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17-22 years old
United States Citizen
Unmarried
Not pregnant; with no legal obligation to support a child
• Leadership
– Demonstrated leadership in school, community, church, scouts, etc.
• Academic Qualifications:
– Above average High School or College academic record
– Strong performance on ACT/SAT
• Medical Qualifications:
– Good physical and mental health
– Pass a Qualifying Medical Exam
• Physical Qualifications:
– Above average strength, endurance, and agility
– Good performance on Physical Aptitude Exam
USMA ADMISSIONS
Apply for a Nomination
Congressional Nomination:
Determined by nominating source
Service-Connected Nomination:
Nomination by the Secretary of the Army
for eligible applicants
USMA ADMISSIONS
Complete USMA Forms
• Personal Data Record
• Request for Transcript
• School Official Evaluations
– Math
– English
– Chemistry or Physics
• Activities Record
• Essay / Candidate Statement
USMA ADMISSIONS
The
Reasons
USMA ADMISSIONS
Reasons for Coming to USMA
TYPICAL CLASS
USMA Overall Reputation
24%
Desire to be an Army Officer
19%
Personal Self-Development
19%
Quality of Academic Program15%
TOTAL
76%
USMA ADMISSIONS
4-Year Graduation Rates
USMA Classes 1990 to 2000
100
80
60
78
76
77
78
80
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
1992
82
1995
1991
77
1994
71
74
1993
70
73
1990
40
20
0
includes June and December graduates
USMA ADMISSIONS
Some Final Thoughts
• Come prepared
– physically
– mentally
– emotionally
• We will provide you with lots of information
– read it!
– share it!
BEAT NAVY !!
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