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United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate12%
Acceptance Rate12%

Air Force Academy Admissions

Consult with United States Air Force Academy's admissions department for any important information, including application fees.

Air Force Academy Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Air Force Academy's admissions stats.

Air Force Academy 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 52.8%
Mean SAT Score 1320
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 34.6%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 21.2%
Waitlist No

United States Air Force Academy Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for United States Air Force Academy.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Want to Apply Early to Air Force Academy?

United States Air Force Academy may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with Air Force Academy directly for more information about early applications.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on United States Air Force Academy Admissions

How Challenging Is It To Get Admitted to Air Force Academy?

Air Force Academy is an extremely difficult school to get into.

In 2021, Air Force Academy accepted 12% of all applicants, about 1,444 from 11,666 applicants.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Air Force Academy, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transferring to United States Air Force Academy

For more information on transferring to United States Air Force Academy, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Air Force Academy

Air Force Academy has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Air Force Academy?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Air Force Academy

What does Air Force Academy consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Interview Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered

Make sure to check with Air Force Academy for more information on admission factors.

Air Force Academy Application Requirements

To apply to Air Force Academy, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Air Force Academy's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements authorized nomination, Candidate Fitness Assessment, medical examination
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Air Force Academy?

Students admitted to Air Force Academy have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 100% submitted a class rank. At Air Force Academy 52.8% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 81.1% were in the top 25% and 96.9% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At United States Air Force Academy, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 29.1%
3.75 and 3.99 54.9%
3.50 and 3.74 9.8%
3.25 and 3.49 5.5%
3.00 and 3.24 0.4%
2.50 and 2.9 0.3%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Air Force Academy directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Air Force Academy does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Air Force Academy is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 34.6% of Air Force Academy's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 21.2% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be competitive with other Air Force Academy applicants, you should strive to earn between 1190 and 1473 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Air Force Academy 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1473 and 25% of scored lower than 1190, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Air Force Academy student is 1320.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Air Force Academy students scored 760 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Air Force Academy students scored 730 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

To be most competitive at Air Force Academy, you should strive to earn between 29 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Air Force Academy's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Air Force Academy students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

Air Force Academy Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Air Force Academy?

❌ Students who are admitted to Air Force Academy must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Air Force Academy accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Air Force Academy accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Air Force Academy?

✅ Air Force Academy is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is Air Force Academy's acceptance rate?

✅ Air Force Academy has an acceptance rate of 12%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Air Force Academy?

🟨 Air Force Academy may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into Air Force Academy? Air Force Academy is a selective institution. The Air Force Academy acceptance rate is 12%. This means that the institution accepts 12 out of every 100 applicants.


Air Force Academy Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Dec 31

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Air Force Academy is Dec 31.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Air Force Academy ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


29 to 34


29 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Air Force Academy is 31. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Air Force Academy. Students with an ACT score that falls between 29 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 29 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Air Force Academy SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1190 - 1473


Math SAT Range

618 - 760


Reading SAT Range

590 - 730

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1473 and Above


1190 to 1473


1190 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Air Force Academy students is 1320. Applicants with SAT scores of 1473 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Air Force Academy, while applicants with SAT scores between 1190 to 1473 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1190 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Air Force Academy.

Air Force Academy GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Air Force Academy, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.81. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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