United States Air Force Academy
USAF Academy, CO, USA


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Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
  • Coed

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Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town
Acceptance Rate
Students Applied

Admissions Requirements

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SAT Subject Tests
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AP Course Credit
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Dual Enrollment
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Important Deadlines

Application TypeApplication DeadlineReply Deadline
Fall Regular DecisionJanuary 31May 1
Pre-Candidate Questionnaire
December 31
Test Optional
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Applications Accepted
Rolling Admissions
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Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
Out-Of-State Students
US States Represented
Countries Represented
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Average ACT Composite: 31
Average SAT Composite: 1368
SAT Percentiles

Average GPA
Students Enrolled By GPA

3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
Students Enrolled By Class Rank

Top 10%
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Top 50%

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: [email protected]
Admissions Telephone: 800-443-9266
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page

What Students Are Saying

make sure you get in good physical shape before going, makes your life a bit easier. make sure you are prepared to handle stressful situations. be ready to study A LOT! if your not already good at time management, you will be. also, only come if YOU made the decision, don't let parents or friends decide for you.
Ismael from U S A F Academy, CO
If you don't like being controlled and told what to do, this place isn't for you.
If you don't like being away from home for too long, this place isn't for you.
If you hate the snow, this place isn't for you.
If you want to party every other day, this place isn't for you.
If you want to have a fun freshman year, this place isn't for you.
If you don't have at least a 3.5 GPA and score over a 30 on your ACT and a 1900+ on your SAT, this place isn't for you(the prep school maybe!)
If you want to make new friends, start a military career, be an officer in the most elite branch in the world, travel, can deal with he snow, fly planes, jump out of planes, live for 1 week in the wilderness, go through basic, and go through recognition after a crappy freshman year, get $36,0000 as a junior to buy your own car and invest, make on average $600 per month(not freshman year), and want to push yourself to be the best person you could possibly be, then this place is for you.
Andrea from Usaf Academy, CO
Make sure you do your research and actually know what this place is about. Many students apply because of the prestige and actually don't know that it is a MILITARY academy first followed my academics.
Isaac from U S A F Academy, CO
Take hard classes in high school: the admissions panel would rather see a person apply with a 3.0 who took exclusively AP classes than a person with a 4.0 who took exclusively easy classes. Stay in good physical shape, and excel in a small number of extracurricular activities rather than be simply involved in a great many. Community service is also good to have. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the application process is long and arduous; many fewer people will not make it in on the first try than those who don't. Keep applying if you don't make it. That will show that you really are serious about attending the Academy.
Logan from USAFA, CO
Before you get here, make sure you are in good athletic shape. Make sure you are ready for the huge commitment as well, deciding to attend this school isn't a decision you should take lightly.
Kathryn from USAF Academy, CO
Start your 9th grade year off strong. It's better to start off with a 4.0 than a 3.0 GPA. Stay on top of your grades. Take up sports and make your way up to varsity,and hopefully, captain. Join a club or team, or even better, start a club yourself. USAFA wants to see people exceed the standard expectation. Do community service activities and projects; show USAFA you care about your country. Lastly, be per servant and stay strong. The Academy likes to see candidates who are persistent. Keep applying if you don't make it the 1st time. Keep improving your ACT/SAT scores and grades. Stay strong.
Future USAFA Cadet
If you really want to come here you need to start preparing as soon as possible. Get involved in your school and your community. Take advantage of every opportunity to make yourself bettter.
Sarah from USAFA, CO
Get used to working on less sleep than you'd like, improve your speed at everything (without sacrificing quality), be prepared to deal with high levels of stress coming from multiple sources (military duties, academics, athletic duties, social obligations, etc.)
Kojiro from Manchester, ME
Before you consider USAF Academy, make sure you know that this is your own choice, and not someone else's. Go to the Academy's website and seek out the different information regarding the campus. Not only do you have to have stellar grades and amazing test scores, but they also look at what activities you have done in high school (music, volunteering, sports, academia, etc.), your teacher's input, your ALO (Admissions Liaison Officer) interview, your writing sample, and other miscellaneous information they may ask you. Know that, as you are entering the military, you need to be in prime shape for the different training periods. Get active in competitive sports and take the time to work out as often as you can, because it will definitely help you as you go along.
Alisa from Grand Junction, CO