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 is a recruiting program that allows participants to see themselves as a USAFA cadet.
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 facilities and research labs.
- Participate in a variety of workshops, including some that assist with your application.
Be sure to check out our Summer Seminar FAQ to learn more.
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. Historically, more than 3,200 people apply to the program while we can only accept roughly 640 attendees each year. Selections come from around the country and are based on the needs of Admissions.
Please keep in mind that selection to attend Summer Seminar is NOT in any way a prerequisite for admission to the Academy. Summer Seminar is NOT a pre-screening or pre-selection program. All students applying for Summer Seminar are encouraged to apply for appointment to the Academy, regardless of selection for Summer Seminar. There is no correlation between selection for Summer Seminar and appointment 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.
Our online Summer Seminar application opens on December 1 and closes on January 15. Selections for summer seminar are based on the whole person concept and not on a first-come, first-served basis. Under no circumstances will late applications be accepted.
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 3.0 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)
- One or more test scores: PSAT, PreACT, 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. You will receive an email (at the e-mail address indicated in your application) and your status will show on your application.
If you have questions about the program, please email USAFA_Summer_Seminar@USAFA.edu.
Historically, the registration fee for Summer Seminar is approximately $300.00. Fees will be determined when registration opens, or earlier if possible. Lodging, meals, workshop supplies, some seminar “uniforms” and accessories will be provided to attendees.
If selected, you are responsible for funding and arranging your own transportation to and from Colorado Springs, Colorado and USAFA. Limited transportation to and from the Colorado Springs Airport may be available on arrival and departure days. 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. There may be an opportunity for a limited number of scholarships to attend this program after selections are made.