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Academics

The United States Air Force Academy is one of the nation's most heralded military institutions, designed solely to produce exceptional officers ready to serve in the U.S. Air Force. "You are a part of the best of the best and have ultimate job security," says a cadet; not to mention, it's free. Everyone is held to a high standard, and there's a real sense of a future timeline imbued in all activities: "Teachers care about our improvement since we'll be working alongside them in the future." All students take the same track of classes "so the help and assistance is unending," and class sizes are small at the largest. This is a very pragmatic group, and "you don't see too many people who want to major in something that isn't practical in some way." "Everyone understands what we are striving for," says one cadet, and this shared motivation means that "one way or another the people that graduate from here go on to do amazing things in the military and are great leaders who influence their airmen's lives."

Most of the professors "are excited about their subjects," "always accessible outside of the classroom," and if their particular teaching style does not fit well with a student, students "can get help from other professors within the department." They teach "making sure their cadets know this material might save their life, or the lives of others someday," and are also open to talk about current events and issues. Extracurricular activities also help direct cadets into a specialty: every cadet here has either "been the pilot of an aircraft, jumped out of a plane, controlled a real USAF satellite, or flown a UAV (drone) by the time they graduate." These programs "really help you decide what it is you want to do in the Air Force."

Student Body

Even though there are 4,000 students here, all of which are going into the same profession upon graduation, "those 4,000 cadets are family." "I would do anything for another cadet, even if I had never met them before," says one. While there is "not a lot of diversity gender-wise," each cadet comes from their own unique background "which adds to our development into officers." Without a doubt, the overarching tie for cadets is their "commitment to serve." This place "is known for the relationships you make AND keep over your time here and after." However, just like every other school, "this one has flawed people" as well, and there can be undercurrents of cynicism. Truthfully, "a lot of people just want to fly."

Campus Life

Each student's schedule is for the most part determined for them and the first year can skew towards formation, school, eat, sleep, repeat, but as cadets progress through the years more freedom is allowed. On the rare down time cadets get (on non-training weekends), they relax "by doing typical college student things. We go the movies, go bowling, go out to eat, do community service, work out on our own, use the cadet archery range, [and] do all things musical." On weekends, most cadets try to leave, and "Colorado Springs, Denver, and other nearby destinations provide plenty of fun and activities." Most people participate in winter sports or go camping; the nearby mountains make it so "lots of people ski on the weekends (in the winter) or hike (in the summer)." One thing holds true across the board: cadets are into fitness. "Very, very into fitness," assures one. This place is known for the relationships you make AND keep over your time here and after.

Overview

Applicants
10,202
Acceptance Rate
12%
Average HS GPA
3.85

GPA Breakdown

81%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
5%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 33

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

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


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8.5:1
Total Faculty
508
with Terminal Degree
298

396
Men
112
Women
52
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
78%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
  • Computer Science.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Operations Research.
  • Systems Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • American History (United States).
  • History, General.
  • History, Other.
  • Military History.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Studies, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MILITARY SCIENCE, LEADERSHIP AND OPERATIONAL ART.

  • Military Science, Leadership and Operational Art, Other.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Behavioral Sciences.
  • International/Global Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Materials Chemistry.
  • Physics, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Ms. Heather A. Wilson, '82
First Graduate to become Secretary of the Air Force

Captain Chesley Sullenberger, '73
American Hero, US Airways Flight 1549

Congresswoman Martha McSalley, '88
Member of U.S. Hourse of Representatives, Arizona's 2nd District

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

Mr. Chad Hennings' 88
Dallas Cowboy Football Player, three time Super Bowl Champion

General David L. Goldfein, '83
Current Air Force Chief of Staff

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
78%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$69,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$138,300

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$71,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$140,200

Percent High Job Meaning
71%

Percent STEM
49%


Students Say

Cadets are committed to serve in the military for a certain number of years following graduation, when nearly half enter flight training. This is a school of go-getters, and over four thousand people all dreaming of becoming officers in the United States Air Force “makes it very competitive.” A few graduates receive scholarships to attend military or civilian graduate schools immediately after graduation, and many graduates receive funding for post-graduate programs. One way or another, the people that graduate from the academy “go on to do amazing things in the military and are great leaders who influence their airmen's lives.” Of the Air Force Academy alumni visiting PayScale.com, 71 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

Dates

Application Deadlines

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$0

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$0

Average Need-Based Loan
$0

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
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

On-Campus Room and Board
$0
Comprehensive Fee

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
4,276
Foreign Countries Represented
22

Demographics

5.22%
Asian
5.78%
African-American
10.71%
Hispanic
63.35%
Caucasian
5.26%
Unknown
1.22%
International

26% female
74% male
90% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

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

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
2

Dictionary allowed in exams
2

Computer allowed in exams
2

Spellchecker allowed in exams
2

Extended test time
2

Scribes
2

Proctors
2

Oral exams
2

Notetakers
2

Distraction-free environment
2

Accommodation for students with ADHD
2

Reading machine
2

Other assistive technology
2

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
87
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
17

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

56% participate in intramural sports
20% 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)
14 Sports

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: Hispanic/Latino Club, Korean American Relations Seminar (club), Native American Heritage Club, Way of Life (Club focusing on African American culture)

Sustainability

70/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Negotiated annually for hardware; with multiple vendors

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
USAFA Admissions Office
Lt Col Bowshot, Shawna

Address
HQ USAFA/RRA
2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 2400
USAF Academy, CO 80840-5025

Phone
719-333-2233


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
USAF Academy Chapel
Thunderbird Lookout and Air Field (Soaring, JUMP, etc)
Falcon Stadium
Cadet Sports Complex
USAF Academy Visitor Center
Polaris Hall (Polaris Perks coffee house), Santa Fe Trail & B-52 Display at North Gate, Cyberworx City,

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Pikes Peak
Olympic Training Center
Garden Of the Gods / Park and Trails
Seven Falls
Cheyenne Mt. Zoo
Broadmoor Hotel and Resort Cave of the Winds Skiing Venues in Rocky Mountains

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
open 7 days a week
9am. to 5pm.
719-333-2233

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies with Force Protection Conditions

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/ot/afa-questionnaires.html

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/ot/afa-questionnaires.html

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Application process for summer seminar program

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 south from campus. Denver International Airport is 55 miles North of USAFA.

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, I-25, exit 156.

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


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