"Honor, Discipline, and hard work" are three characteristics that summarize what the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is about. The chosen few that make it through the gauntlet of getting adrnitted to USAFA are rewarded with a free ed uca tion, "tremendous opportunities after graduation," as the "rigorous" institution is designed to "[create] officers of good character, ready to lead in the Air Force."
The academy has "a very difficult academic environment with a high focus on engineering classes," and the core curriculum includes basic engineering, engineer ing mechanics, electrical engineering, aeronautical engineering, and astronautical engineering. Fortunately; professors are "very accessible," "present a challenging classroom experience that promotes critical thought," and "make class a discus sion." There is "also extra instruction from teachers and the resources available for research," and students help each other out when another is struggling, as well. Faculty is a mix of civilian and military professors, which"gives a great insight into the jobs we can expect in the military after graduation as well as potential civilian career fields after service," according to one cadet.
Students can expect "absolutely no lecture hall classes," as every section is held in a classroom with anywhere from five to thirty students. Given the future careers of the cadets, plenty of learning takes place experientially; and airrnanship programs (such as "powered flight, soaring (flying gliders), the aerobatic demonstration team, and our skydiving teams") are a huge part of the school and are"an extreme ly fun and unique part of our lives." If there is one downside to such thorough training, it is that cadets universally clamor for more freedom and free time.
Life is "very controlled" here, and as it is a military academy students "have to follow military laws in addition to civilian laws." Therefore, most students "do not drink underage and would not ever do any sort of drug." In order to leave, one must sign out on a "pass" which is limited for each class (freshman have six passes per semester), and in the "likely" event that students are restricted to campus for a random weekend, they can always "find creative ways to have fun, such as tying bedsheets to chairs and sailing across the terrazzo (main campus area) at high speed." For fun, cadets do "normal things," such as "[skiing] in the winter, pickup basketball, video games, go watch a movie, [and] go to Denver and walk around the city."