Admissions COVID-19 Updates
The Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread and is an increasing health threat worldwide.
The United States Air Force Academy is continually monitoring the situation and taking action to mitigate threats to community health and impacts to our mission.
The U.S. Air Force Academy installation commander declared a public health emergency on March 23 due to the evolving threat of coronavirus. The declaration allowed the base commander to take certain protective measures, such as restricting base movement and limiting services. The emergency order is in place for 30 days but can be terminated or extended as required.
Access to the base is currently restricted to official business only, which means Admissions tour and visitation programs are paused, at least until the installation commander lifts the restrictions. Additionally, Admissions has temporarily suspended in-person outreach efforts around the world until they are safe to resume. 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
How is Basic Cadet Training (BCT) affected by COVID-19?
In-Processing Day and Basic Cadet Training will begin as scheduled on June 25, 2020 for the Class of 2024. USAFA is still finalizing details for In-processing and BCT and will communicate updates as they become available. Specific reporting instructions will be communicated directly to appointees through your portal.
Please refer to the USAFA.edu COVID-19 updates page for the latest information.
If I have coronavirus, what will the protocol be for me to still report? Just not show symptoms? Or do I need to be medically cleared?
Appointees who have or have had COVID-19 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to your counselor to explain your situation to see if there is any guidance regarding those who had COVID-19. We will release guidance
How will the Summer Seminar be affected by COVID-19?
Summer Seminar has officially been canceled in order to protect the health of our attendees, staff and cadets.
Will the fall 2020 semester be completed online?
For all incoming cadets, the latest information will be accessible via your Admissions Portal. This decision will be made as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop. Current cadets are receiving all direction through their chain of command.
Will the application process for the class of 2025 be affected by COVID-19?
As of right now, the application process remains the same. You can always find the latest guidance through your U.S. Air Force Academy Admissions Portal.
How will standardized tests and test score submissions to the U.S. Air Force Academy and to nomination sources be affected by COVID-19?
Follow directions through the SAT or ACT official website for guidance on standardized testing. Any adaptations for score submissions will be made available to applicants through their portal. Additionally, we recommend you consistently stay up to date with any additional guidance from your nomination sources through their websites.
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 would encourage you to go ahead and fill out a Pre-candidate Questionnaire if you have standardized testing scores, such as PSAT or PLAN. You can continue to update your scores even after your application deadline. We are aware that given the circumstances, standardized testing has been postponed. We advise you to take the SATs or ACTs at your earliest convenience when offered again by the College Board.
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?
Dates for virtual tours will be posted with instructions soon on the U.S. Air Force Academy Admissions website. You will be able to ask questions in this forum as well.
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.