United States Air Force Academy

United States Air Force Academy


The U.S. Air Force Academy is one of the five federal military service academies. The mission of the U.S. Air Force Academy is to educate, train and inspire men and women to become officers of character motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation. This institution is a four-year immersive college experience and offers unique opportunities and programs, including aviation programs. There is no tuition, room, or board cost to attend. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree in their major and earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Upon commissioning, our graduates agree to serve as an Air Force officer for a minimum of five years.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School & Falcon Foundation Scholarships

All congressional districts, states and territories are given the opportunity to be represented at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Though school systems across our nation do not provide equivalent college preparation, all students have an opportunity to apply for an appointment. Applicants whose school systems did not prepare them adequately to be academically successful at the Air Force Academy may be considered for participation in one of our preparatory school programs. To be considered for one of these programs, students must apply for admission to the United States Air Force Academy. Successful completion of one of our preparatory school programs improves chances for appointment, but does not guarantee an appointment.

Pre-College Summer Experience Summer Seminar Program

The Summer Seminar Program allows selected high-performing high school students to spend a week at the Academy during the summer between their junior and senior year to gain experience about life as a Cadet. The application window for applying to attend Summer Seminar is December 1st – 31st of the student’s junior year. Attendees live on campus, attend academic seminars and compete in intramural sports. Summer Seminar gives students an opportunity to be exposed to military drill and ceremony, attend informational admissions meetings, participate in academic seminars, and take the Candidate Fitness Assessment.

Academic Advising & Support Student Academic Affairs

The U.S. Air Force Academy offers 27 liberal arts and STEM-focused majors. Majors include several engineering programs as well as multiple offerings in humanities and social science. US News & World Report ranks the U.S. Air Force Academy as the nation’s #1 Business Management (undergraduate-only) and the #2 Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical Engineering Program. It’s a demanding curriculum, but the Academy has programs in place to help cadets succeed. The Student Academic Affairs office offers cadets self-improvement services, which include study skills, graduate school program assistance and reading and writing assistance. In addition, the campus has a full collegiate library and tutors available to help. Our low student-to-faculty ratio ensures our faculty is available to cadets. Princeton Review regularly ranks the U.S. Air Force Academy in the top 5% for Most Accessible Faculty.

Student Life & Support Campus Life

All U.S. Air Force Academy students, called Cadets, are federal employees whose job is to earn their degree while training to be officers in the Air Force. Cadets live on campus at the U.S. Air Force Academy for all four years of their intensive education and military training program. Housing and meals are provided at no cost to the Cadet. As Cadets are federally employed, they receive a monthly salary and full medical and dental benefits. Athletic, entertainment, and professional development programs are also available to Cadets on campus to enhance their experience.

Student Diversity

  • 4,211
  • 75/25
  • 18%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 8%
  • 8%
    Black or African American
  • 10%
  • 2%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 70%
  • n/a
    Two or more races
  • n/a
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 1%

Student Success

  • 94%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 86%
    Six-year graduation
  • 83%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 100%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 550
    Full-time faculty
  • n/a
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 8:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Aeronautical Engineering, Behavioral Sciences, Biology, Civil Engineering, Business

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Los Padrinos, Native American Heritage Club, Prior Enlisted Cadet, Way of Life, Pacific Rim, International Club, Tuskegee Airmen


Cost of Attendance

  • n/a
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • n/a
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • n/a
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • n/a
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • n/a
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • n/a
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 9,894
    # of applicants
  • 12%
  • 3.80
    Average HS GPA
  • 30
    ACT Composite
  • 600—690
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 620—720
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 12/31
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 12/31
    Early action application closing date