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A Message from the Director of Admissions

Ladies and Gentlemen

Now that the Class of 2024 has successfully arrived at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), our attention in Admissions is fully focused on getting the next class through the application process. For Class of 2025 hopefuls, we know you face new and unknown challenges as you head into your senior year. Every school district is taking a different approach to supporting your education in the year to come. Some of you may have pass/fail grades on your transcripts, or you’re unsure about the availability of standardized testing. We understand and are taking these issues into consideration to help you navigate through this uncertainty.

To that end, we have updated our process to allow you to submit your Pre-Candidate Questionnaires (PCQ) without standardized test scores if you have not been able to complete testing due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you are entered into the candidate phase, know that official SAT or ACT scores will be required. We recommend you register for an upcoming test date this fall. Both SAT and ACT have added test dates in the months to come.  Please continue to monitor these sites for new and updated information.

Try not to let these challenges get you down or discourage you. I encourage you to continue to work as hard as ever and finish strong. The landscape across the nation continues to be unpredictable and we thank you all for your patience during these uncertain times. Be safe, stay healthy and we look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Arthur W. Primas, Jr., Colonel, USAF
Director of Admissions
United States Air Force Academy

How Do I Apply

Applying to the United States Air Force Academy is more involved than applying to a typical college or university. There are many steps and important deadlines to meet. But first it’s important to understand how the process is divided into pre-candidate and candidate phases. Many of the steps in each phase can and should be completed concurrently.

Seek Your Nomination

Apply for Your Nomination Early

To be eligible to accept an appointment to the Academy, you must be nominated by a legally authorized nominating entity. The process of securing a nomination is competitive and lengthy. It is recommended you begin applying for a nomination at the same time you are completing your Pre-candidate Questionnaire.

Seek Your Nomination

Application Part I

The First Steps in a Longer Journey

When you first apply to the Academy, you are an “applicant” or “pre-candidate.” Pre-candidates who qualify are then granted the status of “candidate.” In the pre-candidate phase, you will self-report your grade point average and class rank. The Pre-candidate Questionnaire opens March 15.

Application Part I

Application Part II

Becoming an Official Candidate

Those applicants who achieve candidate status will be able to access the online application, which contains valuable information and instructions on how to complete the official application for admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Candidate portals open July 1.

Application Part II


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.

About Commitment

Unique Student Groups

A Strong Air Force and Space Force Starts with a Diverse Academy

Diversity is more than the color of your skin. Students with all imaginable backgrounds and life experiences from every corner of the country—and even the world—come together to make the United States Air and Space Forces stronger. Because when we put on the blue, we’re all one.

Unique Student Groups

Admissions Cycle

Get the Big Picture to See Where You Stand

Applying to the U.S. Air Force Academy takes more time and commitment than applying to other universities. But then this isn’t like any other university. Discover what you need to do to get an education above the ordinary.

Your Path To Excellence Starts Here

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