US Military Academy at West Point/Admission question


Hello Mr.Taylor,

 First off, thank you for your time, and this invaluable resource you are offering. My name is Alice and I am currently a sophomore in high school. I am very interested in attending West Point
and I've already done some research, but I have a few questions regarding the academy. My first question is do I have to be part of a team sport? On the Prospectus it says, "You should place emphasis on a variety of strenuous activities rather than on one sport." This could be a problem because my high school does not offer varsity high school sports. My second question has to do with my career. I want to be a military pediatrician but can you explain to me the process of being one if I get into West Point? What are chances of me getting in?  Again, thank you for your time and have a nice day!

It's good to hear from you Alice.  Thanks for your interest in West Point.

Participation in a team sport is not required, though participation in some sport, even an individual one outside of school will make you much more competitive for admission.

As to Army medicine, your goal is definitely achievable.  In fact the daughter of one of my classmates who graduated in 2001 has done just that, including the pediatrician part.  There is a brochure explaining the paths to Army medicine.  I suggest that you call Admissions (845-938-4041) and ask them to send you a copy.

Good luck to you in your quest, Alice.

Best Regards,

US Military Academy at West Point

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Bill Taylor


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

©2017 All rights reserved.