Summer Seminar at the United States Air Force Academy offers a unique opportunity to get the Academy experience first-hand. Specially designed for high school juniors heading into their senior year, Summer Seminar allows participants to see a realistic slice of cadet life.
This fun yet demanding program will give you a solid understanding of the challenges and rewards of life as a cadet, as well as insights into what it means to serve as an officer in the United States Air Force. You will leave Summer Seminar more informed, prepared and motivated to excel!
During the Summer Seminar program, you will be assigned to an “element” or group, with an upper class cadet as your Element Leader. Your Element Leader will be with you almost 24 hours a day as your mentor and guide. Along with your element, you will:
- Live in cadet dormitories and eat at the cadet dining facility.
- Explore academic majors through workshops taught by Academy faculty members in subjects ranging from aeronautics to humanities.
- Participate in a variety of physical fitness activities including a practice Candidate Fitness Assessment.
For most participants, the highlight of the program is “Doolie for a Day,” where you will experience what it’s like to be a fourth-class cadet, or freshman, at the Academy. During this day you will be challenged mentally and physically. You will experience room inspections, military knowledge tests, and physical challenges and training similar to those fourth-class cadets face.
How to Apply
Students are selected to participate in Summer Seminar on a “whole person concept.” We are looking for emerging leaders to take our Air Force into the future, and we look for that leadership based on demonstrated leadership experience or potential in extracurricular and community activities, athletics and academics.
Our online Summer Seminar application opens on December 1 and closes on January 15 each year.
You will need the following information available to complete the application:
- Full legal name
- Mailing address/home phone/email address
- High school and junior class size
- Social Security number
- Current High School GPA of 2.5 or above
- If the following courses were taken and completed, your grades for English (9th-1st Semester of 11th) and Math (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Physics, Chemistry)
- *Optional – One or more test scores: PSAT, PLAN, ACT or SAT
In addition to the information listed above, a personal profile is required as part of the application process. Instructions are included on the application web site. The profile is your opportunity to showcase your leadership background and other accomplishments to the Academy. If selected or not selected to attend, you will receive an email (at the e-mail address indicated in your application) and your status will show on your application.
Please keep in mind that selection to attend Summer Seminar is NOT in any way a prerequisite for admission to the Academy. If you are not selected for Summer Seminar, it should not be interpreted as a reflection on your qualifications or ability to successfully pursue an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy.
If you have questions about the program or about the selection process, please email USAFA_Summer_Seminar@USAFA.edu.
The registration fee for Summer Seminar is $300.00. This fee pays for your room and all meals, as well as workshop supplies and seminar “uniforms” and accessories.
You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Students may fly commercial, drive themselves, or be dropped off at the Academy by parent(s) or other responsible individual(s). If you are selected and accept our offer, more detailed travel instructions will be provided.