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Summer Seminar

See Yourself at the Academy

Summer Seminar at the United States Air Force Academy gives students the opportunity to experience life on campus firsthand. Specially designed for high school juniors heading into their senior year, Summer Seminar allows participants to live like a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet for four days.

Summer Seminar dates for 2020:
June 8–12
June 15–19

What to Expect

During Summer Seminar, 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.

Be sure to check out our Summer Seminar FAQ to learn more.

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 to assist with your application.

Selection Process

Students are selected to participate in Summer Seminar based on a “whole person concept” that includes demonstrated leadership experience or potential in extracurricular and community activities, athletics and academics. Historically, more than 3,200 people apply and roughly 640 are selected.

Please keep in mind selection to attend.

Summer Seminar is NOT in any way a prerequisite for admission to the Academy. It is also NOT a prescreening or preselection program. All students applying for Summer Seminar are encouraged to apply for appointment to the Academy, regardless of selection for Summer Seminar. If you are not selected, it should not be interpreted as a reflection of your qualifications or ability to successfully pursue an appointment.

How to Apply

Our online Summer Seminar application opens December 1 and closes January 15. You will go through the same application portal as regular cadets when applying to Summer Seminar. Apply to the Summer Seminar.

Selections for Summer Seminar are based on the qualifications of each applicant and not on a first-come, first-served basis. Under no circumstances will late applications be accepted.

If you have questions about the program, please email Summer.Seminar@usafa.edu.

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
  • Grades for English and math
    English (ninth grade–first semester of 11th grade) and math (algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, physics, chemistry)
  • One or more test scores: PSAT, PreACT, ACT or SAT

Additional Requirement

Personal Profile

A personal profile is required as part of the application process. Instructions are included on the application website. The profile is your opportunity to showcase your leadership background and other accomplishments. You will receive an email (at the email address indicated in your application), and your status will show on your application.

“I knew there’d be challenges, but that’s part of the reason why I wanted to come here. The best thing about the Academy is the opportunities that come with it.”

Cadet Life

Costs

Historically, the registration fee for Summer Seminar is approximately $300. Fees are determined when registration opens, or earlier if possible. Lodging, meals, workshop supplies, as well as 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 and the Academy. Limited transportation to and from the Colorado Springs Airport may be available on arrival and departure days. 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.

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