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United States Air Force Academy

  • USAF Academy, CO
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 22%78%
    student ratio
  • 3,993
    total students
  • $0 | $0
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • December 31
    fall application deadline
  • 11%
    acceptance rate
  • Most Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 674
    sat math
  • 643
    sat reading
  • 0
    sat writing
  • 30
    act composite

Overview

Air Force Academy Overview

Established in 1954, the Air Force Academy prepares and motivates cadets for careers as Air Force officers. The Academy stresses character development, academics, military training and physical fitness, emphasizing leadership in all areas.

The total enrollment is approximately 4,000 total students; nearly 1,000 4th-class (freshmen) students enter each year. The composition of the student body mirrors that of the Air Force Officer corps: about 23% women and 30% minorities. Students come from all 50 states and several other countries. Their common bond is the desire to be military officers. All cadets must live in on-campus dormitories and wear uniforms.

The Air Force Academy is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Its engineering programs are approved by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and its computer courses are approved by the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board. The chemistry and biochemistry majors fulfill the requirements of the Commission on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

All cadets must participate in intramural, club or intercollegiate athletics every semester. The intramural sports include basketball, boxing (men's), cross-country, flag football, flickerball, rugby (men's and women's), soccer, softball, team handball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and wallyball. The intercollegiate teams compete in Division I of the NCAA regionally and nationally. The men's teams include baseball, basketball, boxing, cheerleading, cross-country, diving, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, rifle, soccer, swimming, tennis, water polo, and wrestling. The women's teams include basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, diving, fencing, gymnastics, indoor and outdoor track, rifle, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Cadets may also choose from more than 80 extracurricular activities, which include professional organizations, mission support, competitive and recreational clubs, sports groups, and hobby clubs.

Qualified graduates may enter flight training upon graduation, and approximately 75% of the students in each graduating class pursue graduate education at other institutions within 10 years of their graduations. Each year, numerous Air Force Academy graduates receive graduate scholarships and fellowships, such as the Marshall, Rhodes, National Science Foundation, National Collegiate Athletic Association, and Guggenheim awards.

Location

The Academy campus sits in the foothills of the Rampart Range of the Rocky Mountains in a setting of natural beauty. Built on a mesa at 7,300 feet, it is one of Colorado's top tourist attractions. The Cadet Chapel, with its 17 aluminum spires towering 150 feet into the air, highlights the contemporary architecture of the buildings in the cadet area. The space-age effect reflects the Academy's mission of preparing cadets to become officers and leaders in the Air Force of the future. The Academy borders the northern edge of Colorado Springs, which lies at the foot of the famous 14,100-foot Pikes Peak. Colorado Springs has a metropolitan population of more than 500,000. Denver, the state's capital, has a population of almost 2.5 million in its greater metropolitan area and is located 55 miles north of the Academy. In addition to the social, sports, and cultural activities available in these cities, cadets enjoy skiing, hunting, horseback riding, white-water rafting, and other activities in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and nearby resorts.

Majors and Degrees

Graduates of the 4-year service academy receive their Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees and commissions as second lieutenants in the Air Force. The B.S. is granted in aeronautical engineering, astronautical engineering, basic sciences, behavioral sciences, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, economics, electrical engineering, English, environmental engineering, foreign area studies, general engineering, geospatial science, history, humanities, legal studies, management, mathematical sciences, mechanical engineering, meteorology, military strategic studies, operations research, philosophy, physics, political science, social sciences and systems engineering. The Academy also offers minors in foreign languages, philosophy, and religion studies.

Academic Programs

A class enters the Academy during the last week in June or the first week in July. Incoming cadets undergo a strenuous 38-day summer training program that tests both their mental and physical abilities. Upper-class cadets conduct basic cadet training; commissioned officers serve as advisers. Basic cadets who complete this program are accepted into the Cadet Wing as 4th-class cadets. The academic year starts in early August and continues through May. During the first 2 years, cadets concentrate on core courses in engineering, humanities, science, and social science. During the last 2 years, they specialize in academic majors.

The required core courses prepare cadets for a broad scope of activity as Air Force officers. The core curriculum embraces courses in academic subjects, leadership and military training, and physical education and athletics. In addition, cadets complete the requirements for any of the academic majors. To be eligible for graduation, each cadet must also demonstrate an aptitude for commissioned service and leadership, demonstrate character consistent with professional military service, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average and core grade point average of 2.0 and complete a minimum of 141 credit hours. The curriculum includes many elective courses.

All students must begin as freshmen; however, cadets who have taken some of the core course material prior to entry into the Academy may receive transfer or validation credit for this work. They may then substitute other courses for those granted transfer credit. Cadets who maintain the required grade point average may take advanced study classes.

The Academy aviation program familiarizes all cadets with operational activities of the Air Force. Optional courses provide instruction in soaring, parachuting, navigation, and basic flying. Those who take these courses may fulfill the requirements for Federal Aviation Administration pilot or glider certificates. Cadets who qualify and are selected for pilot or navigator training may enter Air Education and Training Command flight programs following graduation from the Academy. Diversified summer programs in aviation and military training prepare cadets for officer responsibilities in the Air Force. Cadets may select their programs from several optional assignments at the Air Force Academy and other military installations.

Off-Campus Programs

Selected cadets may exchange visits with cadets from the Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, or one of several international Air Force academies. The exchange program varies from 1 to 2 weeks for most of the international programs to a semester for the other U.S. service academies and the Canadian, Chilean, French, German, and Spanish Air Force academies, to name a few.

Academic Facilities

The Air Force Academy's excellent facilities support the academic, military and athletics programs. Most classrooms accommodate small class sessions, averaging 17 students. Several classes and assemblies meet in larger lecture halls. Well-equipped laboratories supplement classroom instruction. Cadets conduct experiments using the aeronautics laboratory's wind tunnels, shock tubes and rocket engines. A local network connects every dorm room, faculty and staff member office, classroom, and laboratory at the Academy, and all entering cadets purchase notebook computers for academic and personal use. The Academy library, with more than 1.5 million volumes, supports all educational programs and maintains a collection of historical materials concerning aeronautics.

Costs

There are no tuition charges; the cost, including room, board, and medical and dental care, is borne entirely by the U.S. government in exchange for a commitment to serve. In addition, cadets receive a monthly salary to pay for supplies, clothing and personal expenses. Careful management of the money covers obligations, with a small amount remaining for personal use.

Financial Aid

All cadets are on full scholarship at the Air Force Academy, as described above.

Faculty

The Academy's faculty is composed of Air Force officers and civilian professors. A few officers from other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, those from allied nations, and distinguished civilian visiting professors all supplement the faculty. There are no graduate student instructors. Faculty members must have master's degrees and many have earned doctoral degrees. Their educational backgrounds represent many outstanding colleges and universities in the United States, as well as some international institutions of higher education. Faculty members sponsor, coach, and referee extracurricular activities and athletics; adopt squadrons and attend their special events; and provide academic, career, and personal counseling.

Student Government

The Air Force Academy trains cadets for future leadership by allowing them to hold positions of responsibility in the Cadet Wing, the organization to which all cadets are assigned. The wing is under the operational supervision of first-class cadets (seniors). They hold cadet officer rank and command the wing and the subordinate units of groups, squadrons, flights and elements. Through this organization, upper-class cadets are responsible for military training of the underclasses, the honor education and honor system, character development, and ethics and human relations programs.

Admission Requirements

Each year young men and women who are U.S. citizens may be appointed from all states and territories of the nation. Citizens of other countries are admitted in limited numbers. Applicants must be at least 17 and not yet 23 years of age on July 1 of the year in which they desire to be admitted; be unmarried; have no dependents; and be of high moral character. They must be in good physical health.

Applicants must receive official nominations. Members of Congress make the majority of the nominations for residents of their states and districts. Senators and representatives nominate young men and women who have excelled academically in high school, have demonstrated leadership potential through school activities, are physically fit, are respected by associates, and want to pursue military careers. Applicants need not know their members of Congress personally. Students may be eligible in nomination categories other than congressional. Students should ask high school counselors or Air Force Admissions Liaison Officers about other categories and apply for nominations in all categories for which they are eligible.

To enter the Academy upon graduation from high school, students should apply as soon as possible after March 1 of their junior years. If successful in receiving a nomination, they must each take a physical fitness test, a medical exam, and either the SAT or the ACT.

Application and Information

High school juniors may obtain the application online at http://www.academyadmissions.com. Applicants should study the instructions and follow the proper application procedures. Air Force Admissions Liaison Officers, located in all states, assist students and counselors with the application and testing requirements.

HQ USAFA/RR 2304 Cadet Dr., Ste. 2400 USAF Academy, Colorado 80840-5025 United States Phone: (800) 443-9266 Website: ACADEMYADMISSIONS.COM


Location & Contact

HQ USAFA/A9A 2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 3800
USAF Academy, CO 80840-5025
USA

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Phone: 800-443-9266
Fax: 719-333-3012

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Mechanics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Operations Research
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Behavioral Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biological and Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Military Science and Military Technologies
    • Military Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Materials Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

11% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied9,634
    • Accepted1,154
    • Acceptance Rate11%
    • Enrolled3,993
    • Female Applicants2,305
    • Females Accepted267
    • Female Acceptance Rate11%
    • Male Applicants7,329
    • Males Accepted887
    • Male Acceptance Rate12%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Interview
      authorized nomination, Candidate Fitness Assessment
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.83
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen December 31st October 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer December 31st October 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 643 590 690
    • SAT Math 674 620 710
    • SAT Writing 0 0 0
    • ACT Composite 30 29 32
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$0
    • Out-of-state tuition *$0
    • In-district tuition$0
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$0.00
    • Room and board *$0.00
    • Room only *$0.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students3,993
    • Male Student Percentage78%
    • Female Student Percentage22%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino9.19%
    • Black or African American5.79%
    • White or Caucasian66.99%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.35%
    • Asian4.53%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.5%
    • Two or more races6.91%
    • Unknown4.26%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.48% representing 35 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students92% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 100%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Recreational Ski Club, Men's and Women's Rugby Club, Cycling Club, Aviation Club, Drum and Bugle Corps
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other self-defense education, well-lit campus

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery No Division C No
    • Baseball No Division 1 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 No
    • Cheerleading No Division 1 No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 No
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Fencing No Division 1 No
    • Football No Division 1 No
    • Golf No Division 1 No
    • Gymnastics No Division 1 No
    • Ice hockey No Division 1 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 1 No
    • Racquetball Yes Division C No
    • Rifle No Division 1 No
    • Rock climbing No Division C No
    • Rugy Yes Division C No
    • Skiing No Division C No
    • Skiing (cross-country) No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 1 No
    • Tennis No Division 1 No
    • Track No Division 1 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
    • Water polo No Division 1 No
    • Weight Lifting No Division C No
    • Wrestling Yes Division 1 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery No Division C No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 No
    • Cheerleading No Division 1 No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 No
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Fencing No Division 1 No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Division C No
    • Gymnastics No Division 1 No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Racquetball Yes Division C No
    • Rifle No Division 1 No
    • Rock climbing No Division C No
    • Rugy Yes Division C No
    • Skiing No Division C No
    • Skiing (cross-country) No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 No
    • Softball Yes Division C No
    • Swimming No Division 1 No
    • Tennis No Division 1 No
    • Track No Division 1 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 No
    • Water polo No Division C No
    • Weight Lifting No Division C No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty514
    • Full-time Percentage99%
    • Part-time Percentage1%
    • Female Percentage21%
    • Male Percentage79%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio8:1 or 3,993 students to 514 faculty


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