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U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School

The U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School, known as USAFAPS, the Prep School, or Air Force Prep, and formally established in 1961 with Colonel Lee Charles Black as the first commander. The school exists today as an avenue of opportunity to a carefully selected group of Airmen and civilians by providing them the academic, leadership, and physical skills that will prepare them for success as Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Located six miles south of the main cadet area, the Preparatory School’s Commander, faculty, and staff work to prepare a diverse group of “cadet candidates” in academics, athletics, character development, and military training to succeed and lead at the Academy. Cadet candidates are not guaranteed an appointment to the Academy, but earn consideration and a recommendation from the Preparatory School Commander by successfully completing the 10-month Prep School program.

There is no independent application process for the Preparatory School unless you are an enlisted Airman in the Air Force. If you apply to the Academy and are not offered an appointment, you will be considered for admission to the Preparatory School. Admission is limited to selected civilian students, enlisted members of the military, and reservists who meet eligibility requirements.


United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School
5220 Cedar Drive, Suite 117
United States Air Force Academy, CO 80840
(719) 333-PREP (333-7737)