About the Academy

A University Like No Other.

Do you crave challenge, love to lead and feel called to serve? Learn more about the United States Air Force Academy. Creating great leaders is what we do.


Admissions Team

The United States Air Force  Academy is a world-class university — and one of the most selective colleges in the nation. We seek young men and women who are likely to succeed in our challenging environment. Competitive candidates must be of high moral character and demonstrate achievement in academics, athletics and leadership.

Competition for appointment to the Academy is extremely high. But if you have the qualifications and motivation we seek, we want you to apply.

The Admissions team is here to assist you. Please contact us if you have questions you cannot answer by reading this site.

The Application Process

Our admissions process can seem daunting at first. A bit of research and planning can make all the difference to your application. The key is to start early and work hard to meet or exceed our admissions requirements. The best way to begin is to fully understand the application steps.

As applicants have varied backgrounds and needs, we offer advice to applicants that may offer insight for your specific situation.

Is the Academy the Right College for You?

From the time you become interested in the Academy — as early as middle school — we work to guide you on your educational journey. We provide several outreach programs to help applicants learn more about the Academy.

Members of our outreach division regularly visit education and college fairs to inform young people about the Academy experience. To learn more about the Academy, look for an event near you.

 We also have Admissions Liaison Officers (ALOs) who can answer your questions and provide detailed information about the Academy. To get in touch with the right resource, find your ALO.

Finally, we encourage potential cadets to visit the Academy. Applicants may request an escorted tour or briefing, or apply to attend our Summer Seminar to experience the Academy first-hand.

About Our Director of Admissions

Colonel Carolyn A. M. Benyshek was appointed Director of Admissions in May 2010. In this role, Colonel Benyshek is responsible for recruiting the nation’s finest young men and women for entrance into the United States Air Force Academy.

Colonel Benyshek graduated from the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School in 1983 and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

The colonel completed Undergraduate Space Training at Lowry AFB, CO in 1988 and Squadron Officer School at Maxwell AFB, AL in 1994. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Business Administration in 1996 and a second master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, AL in 2000. She earned a third master’s degree in National Resource Strategy while attending the Industrial College of Armed Forces at the National Defense University in 2008.

Colonel Benyshek’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak-leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award.

Prior to returning to the United States Air Force Academy, Colonel Benyshek was Acting Director, Space Programs and Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Networks and Information Integration, C3, Space and Spectrum.

About the Admissions Team

Lead by Director of Admissions, Colonel Carolyn A. M. Benyshek, our 60-person permanent staff and an Admissions Liaison Officer Program of nearly 1,500 Reserve, active duty and retired Air Force officers is here to offer information, assistance and encouragement.

Outreach Division: The Outreach Division runs many programs to reach out to potential applicants and disseminate information about the Academy. Outreach programs include 6th-10th Grade Students, Summer Seminar, outreach events and the Admissions Liaison Officer (ALO) program.

Selections Team: The Selections team manages files for each and every applicant to the Academy, working with potential candidates to ensure applications are complete, accurate and available to the Selections Board who makes appointment decisions based on our selection criteria.

Operations Team: The Operations Team develops and manages this website, as well as handling overall marketing, media, supplies and information technology to promote the Academy and facilitate recruitment and admissions activities.


Do you want to Attend the Academy?

Understanding our admissions requirements is the first step.

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