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UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

ELIGIBILITY.  The U.S. Code Annotated, Title 10, Section 347, authorizes a limited number of young men and women from selected countries throughout the world to receive instruction at the Military Academy. A person receiving instruction under this law is entitled to the pay, allowances, and emoluments of a cadet appointed from the United States. The law also requires each country from which a cadet is admitted to reimburse the United States for the cost of instruction unless the Office of the Secretary of Defense grants a waiver of reimbursement.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AND NOMINATION PROCEDURES FOR
INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES TO THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY 

  1. Requirements:
    A) Age: Candidates must be at least 17 and not yet 23 years of age on June 28, 2021.
    B) Marital Status: A candidate must not be married, pregnant, or have a legal obligation to support a child or children.
    C) General Academic Qualifications: All academic work done at a level equivalent to a U.S. high school freshman or higher must be sent on an official transcript to USMA. High school and college records are closely examined. A strong indicator of academic competitiveness is the candidate rank in class (if available). Most admitted International Candidates are in the top ten (10%) percent of their secondary school class. A candidate must have knowledge of the principles of the English language with sufficient fluency to comprehend college level instruction. A candidate should also have completed the equivalent of high school mathematics in Algebra, Plane Geometry, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus.
    D) Standard Academic Test Required:

1.) All candidates must complete either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) by the application deadline. Test scores should be sent directly to the West Point utilizing the ACT Code or SAT Code on the registration form (2924 for SAT/2976 for ACT). Test centers are already established in many foreign countries, and candidates should be encouraged to register in time for the tests. Majority of the candidates take the SAT. The mean SAT scores for the International Cadets admitted to the Military Academy this year were 562 for Verbal and 651 for Mathematics. No accepted candidate last year took the ACT but we do accept both tests. The mean for the class of 2022 ACT scores were 23 for English, 29 for Math, 23 for Science reasoning, and 27 for Reading Comprehension. Scores must be sent from the testing agency in order to be used for the application. The actual Essay must also be included. For SAT Essay, it can be downloaded from the SAT site on the individual’s homepage. It is found under the “My Organizer” link and then “How to Understand Test Performance.” It is normally a packet of 8-10 pages that breaks sown each section in detail. Save as PDF and request the POC information from the U.S. Defense Attaché Office for email submission to West Point.

2.) All candidates must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as part of their application. A copy of the TOEFL score must be submitted to the Military Academy utilizing the West Point Code (2924). Information on the TOEFL is contained in the TOEFL Bulletin which is sent in bulk shipments to overseas counseling centers and the United States Embassies. The mean TOEFL score for the International Cadets admitted to the Military Academy this year was 95 out of 120.

3.) Additional testing information may be obtained by contacting:

ACT Registration                                  SAT, Admissions Testing Program
Box 414                                                CN 6200
Iowa City, Iowa 52243                          Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200
USA                                                     USA

TOEFL Program Director
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, New Jersey 08541
USA

E) Leadership: The purpose and mission of the United States Military Academy is to educate and train young men and women to be “leaders of character”. . . It is imperative that international candidates seeking admission to West Point exemplify strong leadership potential through:

1.) Active participation in extracurricular activities;

2.) Accomplished performance in varsity and/or intramural/community athletics;

3.) Strong endorsements/recommendations from high school/college faculty.

F) Physical Aptitude: Physical condition and stamina are vital to successful completion of the USMA Physical Education and Military Programs. All international candidates must submit a verified Candidate Fitness Assessments (CFA) with their application for USMA. Instructions, test booklets, and score sheets are included with this correspondence. Please note that CFA videos are not required for international candidates. *NOTE: Pull-ups will also be tested again on Reception Day*

 G) Medical Fitness: When nominating candidates, each country should apply medical and dental standards that will assure completion of the strenuous training at the Military Academy and successful careers as officers in the Armed Forces of their respective countries. A statement from a qualified physician stating that the candidate is free from all communicable diseases and has no known medical, mental, or dental issues that would prevent them from completing the West Point curriculum is required. A follow-up medical check will be conducted upon a selected candidate’s arrival to West Point prior to reception day. All persons must meet the height and weight requirements for admission set forth in the Military Academy Catalog and must be free from obviously disfiguring or incapacitating defects or diseases. Selected candidates must conform to all Military Academy grooming, dietary and conduct standards while in attendance. Appendix A contains the suggested format for the medical statement of fitness

2 Nominations:

Number: Each selected country is authorized to nominate from one (1) to two (2) candidates to compete for admission to the USMA Class of 2025. Cadets will be

competitively appointed from those candidates found to be best qualified. No country however, may have more than three (3) cadets enrolled at one time.

 How to Submit: Nominations of International Candidates must be submitted formally by the interested government to the American Ambassador who will clear the nominees for security, indicate approval of the nomination, and have the Defense Attaché forward the nomination directly to the Director of Admissions, USMA, following the letter format found in Appendix B with the signature of a member of the foreign government signifying that they understand the country’s financial responsibilities. Instructions for the application and a packet of admissions materials are provided to the Defense Attaché for delivery to the candidates concerned.

When to Submit: Nominations for the Class of 2025 should be submitted to the Military Academy no later than January 31, 2021.

Completed applications for the Class of 2025 must be submitted to the U.S. Military Academy no later than February 28, 2021.

Key Dates:
January 31, 2021: Nominations due to USMA Office of Admissions
February 2021: ACT/SAT Exams Completed
February 28, 2021: Completed application due to USMA
June 28, 2021: Reception Day at USMA

Please direct inquiries to:
SMSgt Jody Robey, Operations Coordinator
Defense Attaché Office U.S. Embassy Kolonia
Tel: +691-320-2187 x2138
Email: KoloniaDAO@state.gov

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AND NOMINATION PROCEDURES FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES TO THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

Appendices:

Appendix A: Medical Statement Format for Candidates (provided in addition to any additional available medical documentation)
Note: The Appendix below is a suggested format and may be modified as needed provided that the critical pieces of information are maintained.
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Appendix A Suggested Medical Statement Format for Candidates