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Applying to college can be a challenging time. Applying to the United States Air Force Academy requires more focus and dedication than applying to a typical college or university. Starting early and getting prepared can help.

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As an Appointee

Once you’ve completed your application to the United States Air Force Academy, you will naturally be anxious to hear whether you will be granted an offer of appointment. If you are fortunate enough to be offered an appointment, we are convinced that you will be a successful cadet, and we sincerely hope you will accept.

Offers of Appointment

Candidates seeking appointment to the Academy must submit their completed candidate kit for admission to the Academy by January 31. All items in your admissions file must be competed except those out of your direct control, such as your interview and teacher recommendations. Also, any appointments offered are conditional until final high school, college or preparatory school transcripts are received.

We will notify you of your appointment status in early April, ahead of the national commitment day for higher learning which is May 1.

Starting in October, the Admissions Panel meets weekly to review completed files. The panel of senior officers considers your qualifications based on all of the information contained in your records. We consider all qualified candidates in all nominating categories and selection is on a competitive basis.

Qualified candidates not selected to fill the specific vacancies for which they were nominated are placed in a nationwide qualified alternate pool. We offer appointments to enough people from this pool to fill the entering class.

Early Notification

If you are a highly qualified candidate, have a nomination and your records are complete, we may notify you of an appointment as early as November. If you don’t yet have a nomination, we’ll send you a letter of assurance. As soon as you receive your nomination, you’ll receive an appointment. To be considered for an early appointment, our records must include all correspondence about you, as well as the following documents:

  • Official results of required examinations (SAT or ACT and CFA)
  • Candidate activities records
  • High school transcript
  • Drug and alcohol abuse certificate
  • Personal data record

If we don’t have your medical clearance or your preparatory school or college transcript, you will receive a conditional appointment.

Regular Selections

If you don’t receive an early notification, you will be considered in March if your records are complete and you meet all of our admissions requirements. If we don’t yet have your medical clearance or your preparatory school or college transcript, you will be considered for a conditional appointment. If you are selected, your final appointment will depend on your medical qualifications and our receiving a satisfactory college or preparatory school transcript.

Late Selections

Some appointees do decline their appointment offers, and we select other qualified candidates to fill those vacancies. In such cases, we may not notify replacement candidates until shortly before the class enters.


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