Last Updated on January 10, 2022

Dreaming of becoming a West Point Cadet and commissioning as an Army Officer? No matter where you are in your high school career (or before for that matter) understanding the admissions timeline is vital! For the class of 2026, the West Point application deadline is January 31st, 2022.

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What The West Point Application Deadline REALLY Means

If you’re a procrastinator, now is the time to change! Since a majority of West Point’s application items are based on the actions of others, start the process as early as possible. If all of your application requirements are not complete as of January 31st, 2022 your application file with West Point will be automatically closed. 

You don’t want to be rushing along with interviews and Letters of Recommendation by starting your application during your senior year. The whole process is already confusing and lengthy, don’t put added stress on yourself! Give yourself plenty of time to complete all items in the West Point application timeline we’ve detailed below.

This is a lot of information to process, so bear with us! It’s worth it!

Start the Process Second Semester of Your Junior Year

SAT/ACT testing

We highly recommend taking the SAT and/or ACT for the first time during the winter of your junior year. Read more about West Point’s standards for the SAT and ACT here

Get in Contact with your Regional Field Force Representative Early

West Point values your character, resilience, and desire to serve. The best way they have to measure these is to interview you! The West Point admissions team cannot feasibly interview all applicants so they use Field Force Representatives, who are volunteers who help you navigate the admissions process and personally conduct the interview. Maintaining a positive and respectful relationship with your Field Force Rep is highly recommended. 

We recommend establishing contact in December of your junior year. You can find your local Field Force Rep here

Most of the interviews occur from July through December of your senior year. Most of the time this interview happens in your home, their office, or a neutral location and lasts anywhere from 30-45 minutes. We offer interview prep as part of our consulting services and generally see large improvements in 2-3 one-hour sessions. 

Complete the Candidate Questionnaire (CQ)

The West Point Candidate Questionnaire becomes available to high school juniors every January. If you make the cut you’ll receive a second step kit, which gives you access to the Candidate Portal. 

Things you’ll need to complete the CQ:

  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • High School address and ETS code

Notification of qualification usually takes 24-48 hours. 

Attend the Summer Leaders Experience (SLE)

*Please note that SLE is cancelled for 2020. This is completely optional, but we highly recommend you experience West Point so you’ll have a better idea if it’s a good fit! SLE is a week-long immersion in academic, military, and social life for those considering the United States Military Academy.

SLE takes place at the beginning of summer between your junior and senior years on the West Point campus. 500 students are chosen, and the application deadline is the end of March of your junior year. The program does cost $460, so factor that into your decision. A small price to pay to help you make a life-altering decision. 

Apply for a Congressional or Service-Connected Nomination

In order to be considered for admission by the West Point admissions team, you must first receive a nomination from a Congressional member or other authorized official. Typically this nomination will come from your U.S. Congressional Representative or either Senator from your state. You can apply for nominations in January of your junior year. Most interviews are held September through December of your senior year. You can expect to receive your Notification of Nomination from Late October through early February during your senior year.

More on Congressional and Service-Connected Nominations here. 

Second Semester Senior Year Grades Matter!

Your high school will send in your transcripts. These transcripts will include your grades up to the first semester of your senior year. Keep in mind that West Point Admissions looks at your final grades. The second semester of your senior year is not the time to get senioritis! We’ve seen candidates who had accepted admission have their admission revoked after the submission of final grades due to sub-par grades.

Get to Know Your Teachers

You’ll need 4 letters of recommendation from teachers for your School Official Evaluation, to include the PE teacher administering your Candidate Fitness Test. Having good relationships with teachers will communicate character and potential to the West Point Admissions team.

Fill Out All the USMA Forms

We recommend getting these completed by 1 October of your senior year. It’s important to get the right contact information for anyone (school officials) assisting you with these forms! 

  • Forms you fill out: 
    • Candidate Personal Data
    • Three personal essays
  • Forms others add input to/fill out: 
    • Academic Information (transcripts)
    • School Official Evaluation (teacher LORs)
    • Candidate Activity Record
      • Athletic activities
      • Extracurricular activities
      • Foreign study
      • Employment

Take the Candidate Fitness Assessment

It’s a great idea to prepare for the fitness assessment early. If you are an athlete, keep in mind you could get injured and be unable to complete the CFA in time. We recommend taking the CFA no later than the summer before your senior year. Visit West Point Admissions for more details about the events in the CFA.

Tips for success: prepare for the CFA by practicing the six test areas. Running, general conditioning exercises and competitive sports will also strengthen your abilities.

Get Medically Qualified

West Point requires you to be physically fit to commission upon admission and requires you to complete a physical examination.  The Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB) physical is scheduled by West Point. Start the entire application process early, in order to get your physical scheduled as early as possible. You’ll receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to schedule your physical. We recommend completing your medical exams as soon as possible in order to allow time for processing waivers should the need arise. 

Make sure you put all your appointment dates in the portal so that West Point Admissions is able to follow-up with the doctors. Once all your appointments are finished, DoDMERB will receive the results and usually make a decision within 2 weeks. Get back quickly with your follow-up appointments to make sure you are following along with West Point’s application timeline!

So When Does the Official West Point Admissions Decision Happen?

The Admissions Committee meets from early October of your senior year through early May. 

Official Offers of Admission are sent out from January through Early May, giving you time to prepare for your Reception Day. 

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