Admission to the United States Military Academy Class of 2020

The Marshall Islands has been selected by the U.S. Departments of Defense and State to nominate up to six (6) candidates to compete for admission to the United States Military Academy Class of 2020, which enters on 27 June 2016.

Contact the Military Liaison at the US Embassy for more


a. Number: Each selected country is authorized to nominate from one (1) to six (6) candidates to compete for admission to the USMA Class of 2020. 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.

b. 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.

c. When to Submit: Nominations for the Class of 2020 should be submitted to the Military Academy no later than 31 January 2016.


a. Age: Candidates must be at least 17 and not yet 23 years of age on 1 July of the year of admission.

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 470 for Verbal and 620 for Mathematics and the mean ACT scores were 23 for English, 29 for Math, 23 for Science reasoning, and 27 for Reading Comprehension. Scores must be verified and sent from the testing agency in order to be used for the application. The 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.

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 94 out of 120.

Iowa City, Iowa 52243 Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200
TOEFL Program Director
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, New Jersey 08541
USA3.) Additional testing information may be obtained by contacting:

ACT Registration: Box 414, Iowa City, Iowa 52243 USA

SAT, Admissions Testing Program: CN 6200, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200 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; and

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

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. Contact the Embassy to learn how the test will be administered *NOTE: Pull-ups will be tested on first day of 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.