Applying to College is a Big Step

We want to learn about your talents, achievements and goals. In turn, we hope you explore everything that West Point can offer you. We sincerely appreciate the effort you will be making to help us understand who you are. 

West Point is a 47 month experience.  You will graduate from West Point with a Bachelors of Science, regardless of the major you choose due to the required course load you take while here. 

The Academic Program

Check out the majors & minors that West Point has to offer.

The Military Program

Not only will you take classes from the academic departments, but your education will also consist of instruction to prepare you for your commission in the Army as a Second Lieutenant. The following table is a brief overview of the training you will receive. 

Freshman - "Plebe" Year

  • 6-Week Cadet Basic Training (CBT)

Sophomore- "Yearling" Year

  • General Military Instruction (during the academic year)

and for the summer

  • 4-Week Cadet Field Training (CFT)
  • Individual Advanced Development (four weeks)

Junior- "Cow" Year

  • Military Leadership Courses (during the academic year)

 and for the summer

  • Second Class Detail (CBT or CFT)

                              or

  • Cadet Troop/Drill Cadet Leader Training (CTLT/DCLT)

                              or

  • Individual Advanced Development (four weeks)

Senior- "Firstie" Year

  • Military Leadership Courses (during the academic year)

and for the summer

  • 4-Week Cadet Leader Development Training

                          and

  • First Class Detail (CBT or CFT)

                            or

  • Cadet Troop/Drill Cadet Leader Training (CTLT/DCLT)

                            or

  • Individual Advanced Development (four weeks)

Note that your summers are based on what you have previously done, so every cadets summer differs based on their schedule.  A minimum of one class detail, one individual advanced development, and one CTLT or DCLT will be required for graduation.

The Physical Program

  Every cadet will take the following courses during the academic year.  In addition to the classes, every cadet MUST participate in a competitive sport, whether it is NCAA, a Club sport, or Intramurals.  

Freshman - "Plebe" Year

  • Military Movement
  • Boxing

Sophomore- "Yearling" Year

  • Personal Fitness
  • Survival Swimming

Junior- "Cow" Year

  • Combat Applications
  • Lifetime Physical Activity (Required)

Senior- "Firstie" Year

  • Army Fitness Development
  • Lifetime Sport (Elective)

Schedule a Visit

Want to see it for yourself?  Schedule a visit at West Point! It is the only way to know for sure whether this is the place for you. A visit to West Point through the Admissions Office always, amongst other things, includes time with current cadets so you learn first hand about the experience.