West Point Admissions Statistics

Learn About West Point and the GPA and SAT/ACT Scores You'll Need

West Point - The U.S. Military Academy
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The United States Military Academy at West Point has highly selective admissions. That said, the 10 percent acceptance rate does not mean the school is as selective as universities like Stanford and Columbia that have similar acceptance rates. Rather, the low admit rate is partly a measure of the large number of applicants attracted to a high-quality education for free. Still, you will need grades and ACT/SAT scores that are well above average to get in.

Why West Point?

  • Location: West Point, New York
  • Campus Features: West Point occupies an enviable spot on the Hudson River, 50 miles north of New York City. Established in 1801, the entire main campus is a designated National Historic Landmark.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 7:1
  • Athletics: The West Point Black Knights compete in the NCAA Division I Patriot League.
  • Highlights: West Point delivers a high quality education in the liberal arts tradition for free, and students are even given a small salary. Students have a five-year service requirement after graduation.

West Point Admissions Statistics 2017-18

For students who entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in the 2017-18 academic year, the acceptance rate was a low 10 percent. Below are SAT and ACT score percentiles for admitted students.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 585 690
Math 600 710
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

An average SAT score is a little over 500 for each section, so you can see that the typical West Point student earns scores that are above average. Typical scores are similar to the nation's other military academies.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 26 34
Math 23 29
Composite 23 28

The ACT is as popular as the SAT for West Point applicants, and many students submit scores for both exams. An average score is a 21, so as with the SAT, you can see that the great majority of admitted students score well above average.

West Point GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph

The United States Military Academy at West Point GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Data for Admission
The United States Military Academy at West Point GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Data for Admission.  Graph Courtesy of Cappex

The GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for West Point was self-reported by applicants to the academy. Grades are unweighted. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your own chances of getting into West Point with a free Cappex account.

Discussion of West Point's Admissions Standards

The United States Military Academy at West Point has one of the lowest acceptance rates of any college in the country. West Point provides a high quality education for free, although all students will have a five-year service requirement after graduation. To get accepted, applicants will need grades and test scores that are above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most successful applicants had a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and they also tended to have SAT scores above 1200 (ERW+M) and an ACT composite score of 25 or higher. Higher test scores and grades obviously improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, and a 4.0 GPA is your surest bet for being admitted.

Keep in mind that your high school curriculum is as important as your grades. The West Point admissions folks will want to see that you have taken challenging courses such as IB, AP, and Honors, and they will be looking for sufficient course credits in core academic areas such as math, science, English, social sciences and foreign language.

Note that the red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) overlap with the green and blue accepted student data throughout the graph. This tells us that some students with grades and test scores that were on target for West Point did not get accepted. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm.

This intermingling of accepted and rejected students in the graph can be explained by the academy's admissions policy. Grades and standardized test scores play an important role in the process, but they are not the only measure. As a military academy, West Point wants to enroll students who have demonstrated meaningful leadership potential in their extracurricular activities. Also, West Point is different from non-military colleges in that all applicants must be nominated by a member of Congress, and they must pass a physical fitness examination. 

More West Point Information

For the right type of student, West Point offers an excellent education for free, and the leadership skills gained at the academy can open plenty of doors after one's military service. That said, don't consider the school unless you are eager to serve in the United States Army.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 4,491 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 78 percent male / 22 percent female
  • 100 percent full-time

Costs and Financial Aid

From the West Point website: "As a cadet, you are a member of the U.S. Army, receive a full scholarship and an annual salary from which you pay for your uniforms, textbooks, a personal computer, and incidentals. There is no tuition charge, but there is a requirement for an initial deposit. Room, board, medical, and dental care are provided by the United States Government. Upon graduation, you will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the U.S. Army. In turn, you are obligated to serve five years on active duty in the U.S. Army, and three years in an inactive reserve status."

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 4 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 82 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 86 percent

If You Like West Point, You May Also Be Interest in These Schools

Applicants to the United States Military Academy at West Point are likely to look at the nation's other military academies: the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis), the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Other popular options include Senior Military Colleges such as The Citadel in South Carolina and the Virginia Military Institute. Both schools have a lower admissions bar than West Point, so they can be good options for students who are interested in military service but don't quite have the credentials to get into a highly selective institution such as West Point.

Data Sources: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Educational Statistics and West Point website