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A Message from the Director of Admissions

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, schools have been closed, people are quarantining themselves and daily life in general is looking a little different for people all around the world. USAFA has been affected as well, taking precautionary measures to protect our cadets, faculty and staff.

These measures include canceling all outreach events and tours, as well as sending home the majority of cadets. While COVID-19 has impacted our day-to-day operations, there are some things that haven’t changed.

We are still taking applications, and the candidate and appointment processes are continuing. We have every intention of bringing in a new class of outstanding cadets this summer, and would love to see you become part of it.

I would like to personally encourage you to start or continue your application. If you’ve already applied and been accepted (congratulations!), I strongly encourage you to complete your Appointee Kit actions and keep preparing for BCT this summer.

Our admissions counselors are still available to help applicants and candidates, and we fully intend to resume tours and other outreach events in the future when it’s safe for everyone to do so. In the meantime, if you’ve got questions about life at the Academy, check out our great FAQs, or tour the Academy virtually.

We look forward to reading your applications, and, hopefully, seeing you as part of the Class of 2024 this summer.

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 1.

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. 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 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 Force 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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