West Point GPA, SAT and ACT Data

West Point GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

West Point GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
West Point, United States Military Academy GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

West Point University applicants will need good grades and standardized test scores to be admitted. To see if you are likely to be admitted, you can use this free tool from Cappex to calculate your chances of getting in.

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 (RW+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. 

To learn more about West Point, be sure to check out the West Point admissions profile.

If You Like West Point, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants to the United States Military Academy at West Point should also consider the country's other military academies. Also, because West Point applicants tend to be extremely strong academically and attracted to leadership challenges, many apply to one or more of the eight Ivy League schools. Other popular schools include Stanford UniversityMIT, and Duke University.

Students who apply to West Point should be eager to serve their country, but many are also attracted by the promise of a free education. Students from low income families, however, will find that the Ivy League schools and other top universities have excellent need-based financial aid, and can even be free for qualifying students, and unlike a military academy, there is no service requirement after graduation.