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Academics

Students who seek out a United States Air Force Academy education note their satisfaction in how “values of integrity, service, and excellence . . . are actually the norm.” This esteemed institution not only promotes a “culture of excellence” that molds students into “leaders of character,” but also offers “prestige in both the military and private sector.” It does so, incidentally, while offering free tuition and a “guaranteed job” following graduation. Of course, if you decide to attend, be prepared to “be challenged physically and mentally” and held “to a higher standard” than at your average college. In return, however, students suggest you’ll also get “incredible opportunities” not found elsewhere. These opportunities can range from taking “trips around the world” or “operating a real DoD satellite” to “jumping out of planes [and] getting a secret clearance.” Additionally, undergrads benefit from “extremely small” class sizes. As one cadet shares, “the biggest class I’ve had in four years was 24 students.” The faculty itself is a nice “mix of military and civilian” instructors who “tend to make class interesting” and often excel at “bring[ing] their life experiences into the classroom.” The majority also do their utmost to ensure that they are “accessible for extra instruction, exam review, etc.” Many students also feel that their professors “really seem to care about your performance and work with you on a one-on-one basis.” As one cadet frames it, “Their only focus is supporting us.”

Student Body

Air Force Academy cadets seem to agree that the school attracts a number of “type A personalities” and “hard working” individuals who are “much more motivated than many other normal college students.” They are also united in their deep desire “to serve [the] country” and are often “team oriented” as well. Further, cadets pride themselves on being “more fit than the general population,” though cadets at USAFA “come from all over the nation, territories included, and from allied partner nations.” While there may be a “healthy diversity of thought” at the academy, students do acknowledge a disparity in gender. A few individuals also grumble that some of their peers can be “very cynical.” Thankfully, students view themselves as “one brotherhood and sisterhood looking out for each other.” One cadet delves deeper adding, “We hold each other to an honor code the best we can and feel very close as a student body because we all live on campus and spend a majority of our time together.” All in all, “there is a definite culture of helping out fellow cadets and of striving to bring peers up that helps people to perform at their best.”

Campus Life

As you might have suspected, life at the Air Force Academy is rather regimented and cadets “don’t have much free time.” Students “go to class from 0730 to 1530 [and] freshmen have physical training multiple times a week after[wards].” Additionally, everyone “participate[s] in an athletic activity [whether] it be NCAA athletics, club sports, or intramurals.” And on the weekends it’s quite common to “have the Cadet Wing marching” or to have to perform “other military duties.” Students also make a point of mentioning that “once every semester we have mandatory fitness tests, and throughout the semester [there are] random mandatory military briefs in the evenings.” Even with a schedule packed with academic obligations and military training, one individual notes that there are “various clubs and activities for different interests, as well as religious services, all [of] which take [place] intermittently throughout the week.” And if they do have a moment to relax, cadets will typically kick back with “Netflix or video games.” Of course, when students really want to have fun, they generally leave “USAFA and [go] out into CO Springs or Denver” or they will “take advantage of outdoor areas for hiking, fishing, etc.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
USAFA Admissions Office
National Programs Branch Chief

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

Phone
719-333-2233

Email
usafa.admissions.programs@usafa.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
USAF Academy Visitor Center and Planetarium
Thunderbird Lookout and Air Field (Soaring, JUMP, etc)
Falcon Stadium
Cadet Sports Complex
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

Arrangements

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 off the I-25 corridor, and visitors can access the Academy through either the North or South Gates (exit 150 or exit 156). Visitor hours are from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week.

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.

Admissions

Applicants: 10,354
Acceptance Rate: 11%
Average HS GPA: 3.78







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