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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.”

Overview

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

GPA Breakdown

58%
Over 3.75
12%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 740
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 33

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

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
7:1
Total Faculty
686
with Terminal Degree
301

497
Men
189
Women
158
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

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
  • Engineering, General.
  • 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.

  • American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MILITARY SCIENCE, LEADERSHIP AND OPERATIONAL ART.

  • Military Science, Leadership and Operational Art, Other.

  • MILITARY TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLIED SCIENCES.

  • Air and Space Operations Technology.

  • 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.

  • SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS.

  • Science Technologies/Technicians, 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
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
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

Senator Martha McSally, '88
Member of U.S. Senate

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

Mr. Alonzo Babers, '83
Olympic two-time gold medalist in 400 m and 4 x 400 m relay

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$76,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$138,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$77,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$146,500

Percent High Job Meaning
43%

Percent STEM
73%

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

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
4,304
Foreign Countries Represented
27

Demographics

5.83%
Asian
6.55%
African-American
10.80%
Hispanic
64.29%
Caucasian
3.07%
Unknown
1.35%
International

28% female
72% male
92% 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
93
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
17

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

56% participate in intramural sports
19% 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: Spectrum club provides support for LGBT cadets. https://www.usafa.edu/cadet-life/clubs//

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

83/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
25%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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
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.


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