The United States Military Academy at West Point has one of the lowest acceptance rates in the country. West Point provides a high quality education for free, although all students will have a five-year service requirement after graduation. To get accepted, applicants will need grades and test scores that are above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most successful applicants had a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and they also tended to have SAT scores above 1800 and an ACT composite score of 25 or higher. Higher test scores and grades obviously improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, and a 4.0 GPA is your surest bet for being admitted.
Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for West Point did not get accepted. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because West Point's admission process is not all empirical. The Academy will evaluate the rigor of your high school courses, and they will want to see leadership potential demonstrated through your extracurricular activities. West Point also requires applicants to be nominated by a member of Congress, and all applicants must pass a physical fitness examination.
To learn more about West Point, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- West Point Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?