Admissions COVID-19 Updates
The U.S. Air Force Academy is currently open to visitors. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors, at all times.
Admissions has resumed select in-person outreach efforts and is now offering in-person tours and is still hosting virtual events, such as tours and Q & A sessions, and the opportunity to see the campus on a self-guided Windshield Tour. The health and safety of prospective students, their families and our staff is paramount.
Throughout the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Air Force Academy Admissions will post regular updates to this site to ensure the most up-to-date information about our programs is available in one location.
COVID-19 Admissions FAQ
Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine?
USAFA Admissions currently has no requirement for Applicants or Candidates for appointment to USAFA to be vaccinated for COVID-19. USAFA Admissions recommends you consider CDC guidance, your state and local government direction relative to COVID-19 vaccinations, and all other pertinent factors in making your COVID-19 vaccination decision.
If you are appointed to USAFA or selected to attend the USAFA Preparatory School, you will be notified of the DoD and Air Force COVID-19 vaccine policy/requirements existing at that time, given directions relative to vaccination requirements and arrival instructions for USAFA, and you will be provided an opportunity to request an exemption to that policy, if required, at that time.
How will standardized tests and test score submissions to the U.S. Air Force Academy be affected by COVID-19?
We have updated our process to allow you to submit your Pre-Candidate Questionnaires (PCQ) using PACT or PSAT 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 monitor these sites for new and updated information:
How will pass/fail grades be viewed by the U.S. Air Force Academy?
At this time, the Academy Admissions board is evaluating how pass/fail grades or the absence of exams will be handled. As soon as this is determined, the answer will be on the U.S. Air Force Academy Admissions website.
What happens if I can’t take the SAT/ACT or other standardized tests? Will I still be considered for admission?
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 monitor these sites for new and updated information:
If you continue to have issues scheduling or taking either test, please contact your Admissions Counselor for answers to your specific questions.
With AP testing canceled, how will I validate classes without College Board scores?
There is the opportunity to validate certain U.S. Air Force Academy classes depending on the score of the AP test. During your first week at the Academy, you will take placement exams in general chemistry and foreign language. These exams will determine whether we can give you validation credit or place you in advanced or accelerated courses. If you have completed a college course, completed a high school course at college level or have special preparation through self-study, you may attempt to validate other subjects by exam.
Will the Academy offer any virtual meetings or interviews?
My doctor’s office is not making appointments in person due to COVID-19, they are only doing telehealth appointments unless it is an emergency. I need a body fat waiver. What should I do?
Please reach out and ask your counselor for the best course of action for your specific case. These are unique times, and your counselor is the available expert to help you out.
Please stay tuned for future guidance on tours and U.S. Air Force Academy visits and events through the USAFA.edu COVID-19 updates page or the U.S. Air Force Academy Admissions website.
Check your email, portal, nomination sources’ websites and standardized testing websites for all updates to every major aspect of your application process.
You will receive all information necessary to navigate your U.S. Air Force Academy journey through this pandemic on your Admissions Portal.
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Prospective candidates can also sign up for a virtual event.