Founded in 1802, the United States Military Academy at West Point is the oldest of the five service academies.

West Point cadets are immersed in a military-oriented environment, gaining an unparalleled undergraduate education and leadership skills through a rigorous curriculum.

Upon completing their undergraduate degree requirements, cadets are commissioned and receive the gold bar of a Second Lieutenant. They will serve in the Army as Active Duty Soldiers.


To apply for West Point you must be:

  • At least 17 but not yet 23 years old on July 1 of the year admitted
  • A U.S. citizen
  • Not married
  • Not pregnant or with any legal obligation to support a child or children
  • Congressionally nominated or have a service-connected nomination
  • A recipient of strong scores on either college entrance exam (ACT or SAT)

See the other paths to become an Army officer


U.S. Military Academy