United States Air Force Academy

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The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) is one of the most prestigious and competitive military academies and higher education institutions in United States. In addition to required military training, the USAFA provides its students (cadets) a challenging and rigorous academic program. Through the program cadets will also learn the values of discipline and fortitude.

While the United States Air Force Academy provides a first-class undergraduate education designed to equip students with skills and knowledge to excel in business and society, its primary purpose it to serve as a training ground for future air force personnel.

All USAFA students are required to take core classes in arts, sciences and humanities. Following completion of core curriculum, student can then select a major area of study, such as Biology and Bio-medical Sciences, Business Management and Administration, Social Sciences, Engineering, Information Sciences, Legal Studies, Military Technology and History. Upon completion of all major courses students will have earned a bachelor’s degree.

Since USAFA is a military academy, all students receive intensive physical training and mental conditioning through intramural sports activities, physical education and other athletic pursuits.

Admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy is competitive. Only qualified applicants are accepted. In order to be admitted to the U.S. Air Force Academy, you must not only have an excellent academic record but be able to demonstrate high values, integrity, discipline, moral character and unwavering commitment. Passing a physical examine and taking a fitness test are also prerequisites to attending the USAFA.

Similar to other colleges and universities, the U.S. Air Force Academy provides scholarships, grants and financial aid to pay for tuition and expenses for qualifying students.

General Information

Admission Office

HQ USAF/RRS, 2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 2300

USAF Academy, CO 80840

(719) 333-2520

(800) 443-9266

Fax: (719) 333-3647

[email protected]

Contact: Chevalier Cleaves

Director of Admissions
Main Address

2304 Cadet Drive

USAF Academy, CO 80840-5002

(719) 333-1110


Total undergrads: 4,537

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,286

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,537


Suburban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

All Degrees and Programs

Total of All Education Programs 1009
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 73
Biochemistry 9
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 64
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 114
Business Administration and Management 114
Computing and Information Sciences 5
Computer Science 5
Engineering 334
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering 91
Civil Engineering 36
Computer Engineering 7
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 20
Engineering Mechanics 5
Engineering Science
Engineering 5
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 9
Mechanical Engineering 31
Operations Research 25
Systems Engineering 105
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 9
English Language and Literature 9
History 32
American History (united States) 1
History 14
History, Other 17
Legal and Law Studies
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 39
General Studies 32
Humanities/humanistic Studies 7
Mathematics and Statistics 16
Mathematics 16
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences 14
Military Systems and Maintenance Technology, Other 14
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 122
Behavioral Sciences 67
Biological and Physical Sciences
International/global Studies 55
Physical Sciences 27
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 7
Chemistry 2
Materials Science 3
Physics 15
Social Sciences 224
Economics 103
Political Science and Government 57
Social Sciences 64
Above data represents first majors only.
(-) Indicates that a program is not offered at this level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 18%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 93%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
College-prep program: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 12,732
Percent Admitted: 11%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 82%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 590 (25th Percentile)
  • 680 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 630 (25th Percentile)
  • 710 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 28 (25th Percentile)
  • 32 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 28 (25th Percentile)
  • 33 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 28 (25th Percentile)
  • 33 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Undergraduate Majors

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Management Science B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Engineering Mechanics B
Environmental Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Operations Research B
Space operations B
System engineering management B
Systems Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Behavioral Sciences B
Foreign area studies B
Mathematics/Computer Science B

Physical Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B
Physics B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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