United States Air Force Academy campus

Overview

Applicants
9,050
Acceptance Rate
17%
Average HS GPA
3.85

GPA Breakdown

79%
Over 3.75
11%
3.50 - 3.74
8%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28.25 - 32.25

Deadlines


Early Action
November 1

Regular
December 31

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Interview
Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
510
with Terminal Degree
293

410
Men
100
Women
54
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
83%
Graduate in 6 years
84%

Majors

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Operations Research

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics

  • History

  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Military Technologies

  • Military Technologies

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biological and Physical Sciences

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Meteorology
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Social Sciences, General

  • Transportation and Materials Moving

  • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General


Students Say

“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 admitted to USAFA are rewarded with a free education, “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, engineering 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 discussion.” 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 airmanship 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 extremely 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.

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services

Prominent Alumni


The Honorable Heather A. Wilson, '82
Former Congresswoman

General Norton A Schwartz, '73
Air Force Chief of Staff

The Honorable Hansford T. Johnson, '59
Former 4-Star Air Force General and former acting Secretary of the Navy

Coach Gregg C. Popovich, '70
Head Coach of the San Antonio Spurs; Four NBA Championships

The Honorable Frederick D. Gregory, '64
Former Astronaut; Former Acting NASA Administrator

General (Ret.) Michael E. Ryan, '65
Former Air Force Chief of Staff

General Mark A. Welsh, III '76
Current Air Force Chief of Staff

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
83%
Graduate in 6 years
84%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$64,900

Median Mid-Career Salary
$109,000

Alumni with High Job Meaning
72%

Students Say

Understandably, there’s a pretty well-beaten path from the Academy into the Air Force, and it is all about the education and development of officers. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force, and must serve out a several-year military commitment. The Academy offers a number of Airmanship programs that ready students for flying and non-flying careers, and depending on ability and desire, students can receive more specialized training or certifications. Of the Academy graduates who visited PayScale.com, the starting salary averaged $64,900 and 72 percent reported feeling that their jobs had a meaningful impact on the world.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines

Bottom Line

Aside from the free tuition, students receive a nominal monthly stipend. Each cadet will owe at least five years of service as an active-duty officer upon graduation, though additional programs (such as attending higher education, or becoming a pilot) can add to the commitment. The current law enables an officer to retire after completing twenty years of active service. Cadets enjoy other benefits like military commissaries and exchanges, and space available seats on military aircraft around the world.

Bang For Your Buck

The Air Force puts a high premium on leaders with vision, dedication, and ability, and the pay and allowances of a new officer compare favorably with starting salaries in business, industry and the professions. All career officers are eligible to apply for further education through AFIT at civilian colleges and universities, and selected officers attend on a full-time basis, receive pay and allowances, have their tuition and fixed fees paid, and receive some reimbursement for books and thesis expenses, among other benefits. A certain percentage of students can become eligible for medical, law, or dental school upon graduation, and a few graduates will receive scholarships to attend civilian graduate schools immediately after graduation. Graduates in the top 15 percent of their class on overall performance average will normally be considered future graduate education for a master’s degree if they meet two important criteria: they must perform well as officers, and the Air Force must need people from the degree program they wish to pursue.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$0

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$0

Average Need-Based Loan
$0

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$0

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$0
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$0

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 


Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,952
Out of State
87%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
35

Demographics

4.47%
Asian
5.93%
African-American
10.27%
Hispanic
65.89%
Caucasian
6.26%
Unknown
1.44%
International

87% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Students Say

Unsurprisingly, cadets here are all “highly motivated, A-type personalities that give 100 percent in everything they do.” This group of “super smart,” “driven” individuals are also “respectable” and “athletic,” which explains what one junior refers to as “the smartest offensive line in the NCAA.” Everyone is in a uniform from 7 A.M. to 4 P.M. so there is a commonality from the start. Basic Cadet Training (BCT) “makes people work together,” and “with going through the same experience, allows lifetime bonds to start growing.” This experience is unique, and “each class year has a specific sense of pride and unity as a team.” “We are all going into the same Air Force after we graduate so we need to learn to work together,” says a junior.

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
100%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed

Students Say

“Everyone here is pretty accepting to other cultures and backgrounds and it is easy to make friends,” says a cadet of the many organizations to fit into, including “your squad, your team, your club, your academic major, and failing all that your friends.” Regardless of what social group you find yourself in, “you end up knowing everyone eventually.” There are plenty of USAFA-specific traditions; most interaction occurs within the squadron, and “most cadets really enjoy the squadron activities and leadership opportunities.”
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.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
93
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
14

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

66% participate in intramural sports
22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Falcons)
20 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Boxing
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Riflery
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Falcons)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Gymnastics
Riflery
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups: Support groups include Women's Forum, Culture and Ethnicity, USAFA Multicultural Council, International Exchanges, Service Academy Exchange (SAE) Progam, Women's Forums, Women's Aircrew Issues, Cadet Premarital/ Relationship Enhancement Workshop, Cadet Cultural Clubs/Organizations, Way of Life Committee, Native American Heritage Committee, International Cadets Club, Tuskegee Airmen Club, Pacific Rim Club, Los Padrinos, Cadet Interfaith Council, Prior Enlisted Cadt Assembly (PECA), The Spectrum Club (LGBT)

Sustainability


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
6

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Negotiated annually for hardware; Microsoft, MatLab, Mathematica, SolidWorks

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
USAFA Admissions Office

Address
HQ USAFA/RR
2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 2400
USAF Academy, CO 808405025

Phone
7193332520

Email
usafa.tours@USAFA.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
USAF Academy Chapel
Thunderbird Lookout and Air Field
Falcon Stadium
Cadet Sports Complex
Visitor Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mt. Zoo
Garden Of the Gods / Park and Trails
Chapel Hills Mall
Olympic Training Center

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Academic Year
Times: 1300-1600
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies with Force Protection Contitions

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Metro Bus service is available during low force protection conditions. Colorado Springs airport is the closest commercial airport to the USAF Academy and is approximately 25 miles from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The Air Force Academy is located just off the I-25 Corridor. During low level force protection times, visitors can access the Academy through the North Gate. Contact the Base operator for visitor information.

Local Accommodations
The Air Force Academy is close to several major hotel and restaurants. Accommodations should be booked well in advance during peak sports and Academy events.