US Air Force AcademyThe United States Air Force Academy is the undergraduate institution for commissioned officers entering the U.S. Air Force. Its campus is located 8 miles north of Colorado Springs – and 30 miles from Denver – in El Paso County, Colorado. The program at the Air Force Academy is guided by the core values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do,” and based on four “pillars of excellence”: military training, academics, athletics, and character development. Each component of the program is intended to give cadets the skills and knowledge that they will need for success as officers.

United States Air Force AcademyIn addition to a rigorous military training regimen, cadets also take a broad academic course load with an extensive core curriculum in engineering, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, military studies and physical education. US Air Force Academy cadets may choose among 31 academic majors and enjoy a student/faculty ratio of 7 to 1. All cadets participate in either intercollegiate or intramural athletics – and take a thorough character development and leadership curriculum. The US Air Force Academy is the youngest of the five U.S. service academies, having graduated its first class in 1959. Graduates of the Academy’s four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and most are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force.

Air Force AcademyWhile at the US Air Force Academy, cadets obtain a solid background in all phases of aviation. All male and female cadets who meet the physical qualifications are considered for flying training and may be selected to fill available openings. Undergraduate Flying Training (conducted after graduation) prepares qualified graduates for flying careers in airlift, bomber, fighter, multirole, special operations or transport aircraft.


Candidates for admission are judged on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, athletics and character. To gain admission, US Air Force Academy candidates must also pass a fitness test, undergo a thorough medical examination, and secure a nomination – which usually comes from the member of Congress in the candidate’s home district. Tuition, books, room and board are all paid for by the U.S. Government.


Acceptance Rate

US Air Force Academy acceptance rate

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

USAFA SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

US Air Force Academy ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early Action/Decision
Early Action/Decision application deadline: N/A.

Regular Decision
Regular decision deadline: December 31.

Transfer application deadline: N/A.

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of applicants: 10,354
Enrolled: 1,132
Yield: 98.7% *
Acceptance rate: 11.1%

* Calculated correctly based on the information provided. We believe the USAFA’s true yield rate is closer to 70%.

Average GPA: 3.78
Top 10% of High School: 54.2%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1230-1430
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 610-700
SAT Math: 620-740

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 28-33
ACT English: 27-35
ACT Math: 27-32

Standardized Test Requirements

US Air Force Academy requires the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT required

Air Force Academy does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

USAFA does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

USAFA graduation rate

Rhodes Scholars

US Air Force Academy score card

R&D Expenditures

US Air Force Academy score card

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 84.2%
5 years: 85.3%
6 years: 85.3%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 42

R&D Expenditures: $48.29 million

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Tuition, room and board are covered by the U.S. Government. Cadets receive a monthly supplement, which is equivalent to a percentage of a second lieutenant’s pay. (It works out to approximately $1,040 per month.)

For purposes of calculating our median AdmissionsConsultants Top 25 Liberal Arts financial aid statistics, we omitted the service academies. (As opposed to using values of zero to drive down the median for this group.)

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

USAFA undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

US Air Force Academy student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 7.1 to 1

Women: 28%

Students living in campus housing: 100%

Greek life: N/A

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 75%
20 to 39: 25%
40 to 99: 0%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 4,304 (all undergraduate)

Student Residence
In State: 7%
Out of State: 91%
International: 2%

USAFA student population

USAFA seal

United States Air Force Academy

This page was last updated in November 2020.