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My son was just received a letter stating he received a nomination to West Point from his congressman. What is the next step? What could prevent him from becoming a cadet?

It's good to hear from you JoAnn.  Thanks for your interest in West Point on behalf of your son.

The Academy Admissions process has two parallel paths.  The first is formally applying to West Point for admission; the second is securing a nomination.  Those who are fully qualified (fully qualified for admission AND having a nomination) then compete for places in the class.  Each year there are approximately 2,000 fully qualified/nominated candidates to fill the 1,000 to 1,100 positions available each year.

So your son has half of the equation to compete.  If he has already applied and is fully qualified, he will definitely be in the competitive mix.  If he has not applied or has applied and has not been notified that he is fully qualified, then he needs to get to that immediately as it is getting late in the game for admission in 2013 with the Class of 2017.

All of the Admissions information you need can be found on the Admissions website:

In particular you want to look at the Admissions Prospectus found at:

Good luck to your son in his quest, JoAnn.

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I can answer questions about admissions to West Point; about the history of West Point; about how to travel to West Point, where to eat, where to stay, etc.; and about West Point`s alumni organization, the West Point Association of Graduates.


I am a 1970 Graduate of West Point. I served six years on active duty and another 8 years in the active reserve. I have been actively involved as a Field Admissions Representative for over 20 years and have participated on my Congressman's Academy Selection Panel for over 25 years. I am actively involved in West Point Alumni affairs, serving in roles both with the West Point Association of Graduates and the local alumni chapter in Annapolis, MD. I also have two sons who graduated from West Point in 1995 and 2001. Both are veterans of the Iraq War and Afghanistan War. The 1995 Grad continues to serve on Active Duty in the Army.

Bachelor of Science, US Military Academy, 1970 Master of Science (Computer Science), The Johns Hopkins University, 1980

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