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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
9,894
Acceptance Rate
15%
Average HS GPA
3.87

GPA Breakdown

78%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
7%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 720

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 750

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 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
502
with Terminal Degree
300

400
Men
102
Women
32
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
79%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

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 Science

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health 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
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • 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
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

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
79%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$71,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$116,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$72,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$115,000

Percent High Job Meaning
51%

Percent STEM
48%

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 $66,700 and 62 percent reported feeling that their jobs had a meaningful impact on the world.

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
4,237
Foreign Countries Represented
23

Demographics

4.86%
Asian
5.85%
African-American
10.76%
Hispanic
61.79%
Caucasian
7.20%
Unknown
1.20%
International

25% female
75% male
85% 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
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
96
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
17

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

57% 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)
13 Sports

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Spectrum Club and Peak Performance Center.

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

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
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Negotiated annually for hardware; with multiple vendors

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 80840-5025

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
Polaris Hall, Santa Fe Trail & B-52 Display at North Gate,

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

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
open 7 days a week
9am. to 5pm.
7193332520

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
Contact Admissions Office

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.


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