Air Force Academy Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Costs, and More

United States Air Force Academy
United States Air Force Academy. PhotoBobil / Flickr

Admission to the Air Force Academy is highly selective. The school only admits 15 percent of applicants. The school's website outlines the requirements and steps clearly, but here are a few important things to note: applicants must be nominated before they are able to apply; applicants must complete and pass a fitness evaluation; applicants need to submit a writing sample and schedule an in-person interview.

While the Academy requires scores from the ACT or SAT, there is no preference between the two.

Admissions Data (2016)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

Air Force Academy Description

The United States Air Force Academy, USAFA, is one of the most selective colleges in the country. To apply, students will need a nomination, usually from a member of Congress. The campus is an 18,000-acre air force base located just north of Colorado Springs.

While all tuition and expenses are covered by the Academy, students do have a five-year active service requirement for graduation. Students at USAFA are heavily involved in athletics, and the college competes in the NCAA Division I  Mountain West Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 4,237 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 75 percent Male / 25 percent Female
  • 100 percent Full-time
  • Almost all of the undergraduates are under age 24, with only 1 percent at the ages 25 and over. 

Costs and Financial Aid

All of the expenses of the cadets are paid for by the federal government. This includes tuition, books and supplies, and room and board. Medical care is also covered and there is a monthly stipend as well. Students have access to interest-free loans if emergency situations arise. The student also can take part in a low-cost, government-sponsored life insurance program.

From the USAFA website: "There is no financial cost to attend the Academy. But there is a hefty price tag. You will pay for your education with sweat, hard work, early mornings and late nights. You will be held to the highest standards, without exception. And afterward, you will be required to serve at least five years in the Air Force."

Of note, if a cadet is voluntarily or involuntarily separated from the Academy, the government has the option of requiring the former cadet to serve on active duty or to require repayment of the costs of the education they received.

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Aerospace Engineering, Behavioral Sciences, Biology, Business Administration, Political Science, Social Sciences, Systems Engineering

    Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

    • Men's Sports: Football, Baseball, Fencing, Boxing, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Tennis, Swimming, Track, and Field
    • Women's Sports: Fencing, Rifle, Soccer, Tennis, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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