United States Air Force Academy

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Education at a Different Altitude

The United States Air Force Academy delivers a college experience that’s not for everyone.
But then again, you aren’t everyone.

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Zero Tuition

An Academy education is valued at more than $416,000, yet we offer it at no cost to our cadets. All that is required in return is your commitment to serve as an officer in the Air Force.

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4,111 Cadets

In the 2016-17 school year, more than 4,000 cadets were enrolled in the Academy experience to become leaders through an integrated and immersive academic, athletic and military curriculum.

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80% Graduation Rate

The Academy ranks among the highest four-year colleges in the country when it comes to graduation rate. What's even more impressive is that 100% of our graduates have a job immediately after commissioning.

ACADEMY OVERVIEW

AN EXPERIENCE UNLIKE ANY OTHER

With a history of excellence and a focus on the future, the United States Air Force Academy instills cadets with pride and integrity while preparing them to serve their country and succeed in 21st-century careers.

As a public university and a military service academy, we are leading the way into an increasingly complex future, driving advancement and innovation in air, space and cyberspace, among countless other fields.

Whether you come to Colorado Springs for the world-class education, military training, Division I athletics, or character-building challenge and adventure, one thing is certain, the Academy experience—more than 60 years in the making—is unlike any other.

Where We Rank

2017 U.S. NEWS BEST COLLEGES RANKINGS 2017

#1Best Aeronautical / Astronautical Program

#3Top Public Liberal Arts College

#7Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Where it All Began

Academy History

Long before the Air Force was a separate service, Airpower leaders in the United States knew they needed a dedicated facility at which to train the country’s future airmen (and later, women). In 1954, the idea for the United States Air Force Academy was approved—seven years after the Air Force was officially established. After 21,000 miles of traveling to potential sites, an appointed commission recommended Colorado Springs as its first choice, which is where the Academy resides today.

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AT A GLANCE

ACADEMY FACTS

4,000+Current Cadets

30Programs of Study

27Division I Athletics Teams

8:1Cadet to Faculty Ratio

19Research Centers