West Point Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, & More

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 or less 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.

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The United States Military Academy at West Point is one of the most selective colleges in the country, and applicants need to have a nomination from a member of Congress. West Point was founded in 1802 and is the oldest of the service academies in the U.S. The campus has a beautiful location on the Hudson River in upstate New York. Every student at West Point receives a free education plus a small salary, but they do have a five-year service requirement after graduation. In athletics, the West Point Black Knights Compete in the NCAA Division I Patriot League. Popular sports include Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, and Rugby.

Admissions Data (2016)

Enrollment (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 4,348 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 81 percent male / 19 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): 95 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 2%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 83 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 86 percent

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West Point Mission Statement

mission statement from http://www.usma.edu/mission.asp

"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 and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics