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West Point Admission Requirements

West Point, New York

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Chances of getting into United States Military Academy

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
9%
Admission Difficulty for United States Military Academy
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Extreme 
How hard is it to get into West Point and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at West Point is 9%.  It ranks #3 in New York and #17 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. West Point is extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Last year, 1,294 out of 14,969 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 18 percent (SAT 1210/1440 ACT 28/33). United States Military Academy typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.9. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. Of those applicants who were admitted, 82% chose to enroll. This indicates that admission to the school is highly desirable and is a top choice for many students.

The West Point application fee is $0 and applications are due by Jan 31.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. United States Military Academy is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

West Point SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1210-1440
Applicants Submitting SAT 
86%
SAT Scores for United States Military Academy
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1210
SAT Scores for United States Military Academy
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1440
Average SAT Score 1330

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to United States Military Academy?

United States Military Academy typically prefers applicants to be in the top 23 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1210 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1090. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1330 out of 1600. West Point ranks #15 in New York and #102 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 86 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

United States Military Academy admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1440 and Above Good >16%
1325 to 1440 Avg + 9%-16%
1210 to 1325 Avg - 5%-9%
1095 to 1210 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 1095 Low <3%
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West Point ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
28-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
82%
ACT Scores for United States Military Academy
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for United States Military Academy
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into West Point?

Admission data indicates that West Point regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #17 in New York and #90 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 82 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to United States Military Academy.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

United States Military Academy admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >18%
30 to 33 Avg + 9%-18%
28 to 30 Avg - 6%-9%
26 to 28 Reach 3%-6%
Less than 26 Low <3%
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West Point GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.9
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into United States Military Academy?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into West Point. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at United States Military Academy was 3.9 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 in New York for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at West Point extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.9 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.9 GPA.

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High School GPA's for admitted United States Military Academy students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 48.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 26.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 15.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 5.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 4.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 2.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

70% of United States Military Academy freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted United States Military Academy students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 43%
Top 25% of class 70%
Top 50% of class 93%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

United States Military Academy admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,653 10,316 14,969
Accepted 311 983 1,294
Acceptance Rate 7% 10% 9%
Enrolled 248 808 1,056
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 80% 82% 82%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 31, 2023
Days left to Apply
123

Applicants have 123 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 31, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to United States Military Academy is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to United States Military Academy and what student information is used for admission decisions?

United States Military Academy Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at United States Military Academy
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=197036 IPEDS survey data for United States Military Academy.

FAQs

Does United States Military Academy prefer SAT or ACT?

86% of students submit their SAT scores to West Point. 82% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into United States Military Academy?

9% of those who apply are granted admission to West Point. Admission competition is extreme and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for United States Military Academy?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1210 and 1440. 86% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for United States Military Academy?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 28 and 33. 82% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.