US Military Academy at West Point/2nd Attempt for admission


My son has applied to West Point and has not yet received notification of acceptance for Fall 2013; he has not received a rejection letter either and is still hopeful.  But, he needs to move forward w/ "Plan B".  He would like to apply again next year should this year not work out in his favor.  Are prep schools like New Mexico Military Institute a good alternative vs attending a state university that has a small (or no) ROTC program?  How can we help him better position himself from a schooling perspective for next year's application?

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

My best advice is to have HIM (NOT you) call Admissions tomorrow at 845-938-4041.  Follow the interactive messages to get connected with your Regional Admissions Team.  Have him ask them directly regarding his status.  Make sure that he tells them that he is interested in applying next year also.  Have him specifically ask about the possibility of a West Point Preparatory Scholarship (one of the schools is NMMI).

Also, take heart even if he is not successful this year.  It is not widely known, but fully 1/3 of every incoming class is NOT coming directly from high school.  If he persists and is fully qualified, he will ultimately be admitted.

Good luck to your son in his quest.

Best Regards,

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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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