West Point for Current Enlisted Soldiers
Each year about 200 active-duty soldiers are offered admission to the U.S. Military Academy or the Preparatory School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Although some soldiers are offered direct admission to West Point, most attend the Prep School first. All applications are made directly to West Point. Soldiers not directly admitted to West Point will be automatically considered for admission to the Prep School.
To apply for West Point or the Preparatory School, soldiers must be:
- U.S. citizens
- unmarried with no legal obligation to support dependents
- under 23 years of age prior to July 1 of the year entering USMA (under 22 prior to July 1 of the year entering the Prep School)
- a high school graduate or have a GED
- of high moral character
Soldiers who meet the basic eligibility requirements, have achieved SAT scores greater than 1000 or ACT composite score of 20 or higher and achieved average grades or better in their high school curriculum are especially encouraged to apply. Soldiers must obtain an endorsement from their company or lowest-level unit commander ( See Sample).
Academic Program:Currently 21 optional majors are offered along with 24 fields of study. The West Point curriculum is accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, (215) 662-5606. Six engineering majors programs - civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, environmental engineering and engineering management - are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Additionally the Computer Science Accreditation Commission (CSAC) of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board accredits the computer science major.
The core curriculum is consists of a solid base in mathematics, basic sciences, engineering sciences, humanities, behavioral sciences, and social sciences. It includes 31 courses that every cadet completes. You must successfully complete 40 one-semester courses, along with physical education and military development programs. At the end of your second year you decide on a major or field of study and select the appropriate elective courses.
West Point offers 21 majors and 24 fields of study. A major requires a cadet to take 10 to 13 electives in a specific major and write a thesis or complete a design project. A major is a more enhanced, enriched academic experience with greater depth in the area of concentration. A field of study requires nine electives be taken in order to graduate. At the time of this article, more than 75 percent of the cadets elect to major.
The student-faculty ratio at West Point is approximately 8 to 1. Classes are small, typically numbering 12 to 18 cadets. Army officers and civilian professors both instruct at West Point. About 75 percent of the West Point faculty are military personnel who have completed graduate work at universities. All faculty members have their master's degrees and over 30 percent have doctoral qualifications.