Consult with United States Air Force Academy's admissions department for any important information, including application fees.
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%|
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||––||––||––|
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.
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.
For more information on transferring to United States Air Force Academy, contact the school directly.
Air Force Academy has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
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.
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.
|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|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
Make sure to check with Air Force Academy for more information on admission factors.
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||√|
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%.
At United States Air Force Academy, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|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.
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.
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.
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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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.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
34 and Above
29 to 34
29 and Less
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.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1473 and Above
1190 to 1473
1190 and Less
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.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
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.
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