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National Character & Leadership Symposium

Student Information

We are excited to be able to allow visiting students to attend in-person! The symposium is open on a first-come-first-served basis to the first 200 undergraduate student registrants from colleges and universities worldwide. Students must be between the ages of 18 and 26 to participate. THERE IS A LIMIT OF FOUR STUDENTS PER COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY. Additional registrants from a given university will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if more student openings become available.

Visiting Student Activities
Our Delegate Team has been working hard to ensure visiting students get to experience as much of USAFA as possible. Students will be given an opportunity to take part in the Academy’s unique experiential learning activities and networking opportunities.

To ensure you are able to participate fully, please plan to arrive at USAFA no later than 2 p.m. MST on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023.

February 23rd, 2023 Activity Schedule

10:00 am to 2:00 pm         Transport and Check-In
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm           Activities
5:00 pm to 6:45 pm           Dinner
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm           Cadet Wing Kick-Off

Registration Process
Undergraduate Student participants are college students aged 18-26. If you fall into this age range, please register as a visiting student.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student over the age of 26, please register as a community member, meaning you will not qualify for complimentary lodging.

Visiting students must be sponsored by a faculty member or representative from their college or university. Accompanied students are required to provide the name and contact information for their sponsoring faculty member. Students not accompanied by a faculty member are required to provide a copy of their sponsorship documentation at the time of registration.

Click here to download a sample sponsorship letter.

Visiting students should plan to arrive no later than 2:00 pm MST.

For Those Planning to Fly:
Student participants planning to fly into Colorado will be responsible for their airfare arrangements to and from Colorado Springs Airport. The Air Force Academy will provide ground transportation between the Air Force Academy and the Colorado Springs Airport on Wednesday, February 23, and again on Saturday, February 26.

Student participants planning to fly into Denver International Airport will be responsible for their transportation to and from the Air Force Academy.

For Those Planning to Drive:
Student participants planning to drive to the Air Force Academy must provide time of arrival and departure. Maps and further guidance for access to the Academy will be provided prior to the event.

Your registration needs to be updated with your travel information no later than January 31, no exceptions. If travel information is not received by the designated deadline, your spot in the event is subject to forfeiture.

Undergraduate Student participants aged 18-26, who have completed the registration requirements process will be housed at no cost in the Air Force Academy Cadet Dormitories. The two Academy dorms, Vandenberg Hall and Sijan Hall, are co-ed dorms with gender-separate shower facilities. When registering, students may request a specific USAFA cadet with whom they wish to room. Although not every request can be guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your request. Due to space constraints, we will only provide lodging for the first 200 visiting students.

Student participants will be provided meals at a cost for the duration of the conference. The cost of the meals in the Cadet Dining Facility “Mitchell Hall” will be available at the time of registration and must be paid no later than January 31.

COVID-19 Vaccination
Regardless of the CDC COVID-19 Community Level (High/Medium/Low), non-DoD visitors to the Cadet Area must be vaccinated, or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of a visit to the Cadet Area where the visitor will remain overnight in the same dorm room as a cadet. The negative test can be administered at home, or by a health provider. Vaccinated is defined as 14 days after receipt of a single-shot vaccination or the second of a two-shot series vaccination.

Refund Policy: Full refunds for cancellations will be given until Monday, February 7th, 2023, 5:00 p.m. MST. In order to meet our catering deadlines, no refunds will be given after February 8th, 2023, 5:00 p.m. MST.

Please note that all meals need to be ordered and confirmed with payment through your registration by Monday, February 8th, 2023.  We will not be able to accommodate new meal requests past this date.