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Every Student Majors in the Future

Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy receive a world-class education that prepares them for careers as leaders working for the most advanced air and space forces in the world. Whether it is as pilots, engineers, cyber specialists, space operations officers or otherwise, they’re able to make an immediate impact and shape the future of this country.

Why The Academy?
Higher Education That Propels You to New Heights

The U.S. Air Force Academy is one of the top universities in the country and develops outstanding leaders and officers of character who exemplify courage, dedication and a desire to serve others as they make a difference in the Air Force, Space Force and the world.

Why The Academy
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    #7 Top National Liberal Arts College

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    #7 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

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    #7 Civil Engineering

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    #9 Electrical Engineering

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    #10 Mechanical Engineering

Going Above and Beyond Takes Grit

The Academy empowers you to achieve new goals through discipline and determination. With a world-class education and supportive mentors, professors and fellow cadets by your side, you’ll turn challenges into conquests.


Space Force
The Number-one School for Space

The Air Force Academy is the premier academy for those interested in joining the Space Force. It offers more programs and leadership opportunities than any other service academy and is the best place to learn about the ever-changing space domain.

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How can I prepare?
Don’t Just Apply, Show What You’re Made Of

At the U.S. Air Force Academy, we look at more than grades. We look at the whole person. To improve your chances of being offered an appointment, make sure you prepare academically and physically, as well as demonstrate your character and leadership abilities.

How Can I Prepare
  • Experience the Birthplace of Leaders

    How does it feel to trace the footsteps of some of our nation’s most revered leaders? Come see the United States Air Force Academy for yourself and find out.

  • If You Have Questions, Get Answers

    Our outreach programs can help you determine whether the U.S. Air Force Academy is right for you as well as help you make your application as complete and competitive as possible.

  • How Can You Learn More?

    The majority of our events are held in the fall and spring, with fewer events in the summer months. To learn more about the U.S. Air Force Academy, check for an event that may be convenient for you.

Do i meet the requirements?
The Bar Is High, Clearing It Starts from Within

Students from all over compete for an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy, making it one of the most selective universities in the country. Earning a spot begins with knowing what is required and then digging deep, not to just meet our high standards, but to surpass them.

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Spend Your Career Leading Others, Not Paying Off Debt

An education at the U.S. Air Force Academy is provided at no cost to cadets. Instead, once you graduate, you will commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force or Space Force. The length of your commitment will depend on your career path, but the benefits will last a lifetime.

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How do I Apply?
The First Step Is Understanding All the Steps

The admissions process to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy is more involved than you would find at most universities. That’s why it’s important to familiarize yourself with each step and the application deadline so you’ll be ready.

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