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Research at a Different Altitude

Enhancing the cadet learning experience by fostering the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed as leaders in the Air Force and beyond.

Research Overview

Enhancing Cadet Education

Research is a staple of our educational program, with increasingly diverse interdisciplinary programs encompassing more than 20 research centers and institutes.

Research significantly enhances the cadet learning experience by providing rich, independent learning opportunities and fostering the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed as leaders in the Air Force and beyond.

The United States Air Force Academy is the No. 1 funded undergraduate research institution in the country, according to a survey conducted by the National Science Foundation. In addition, Forbes recently named the Academy the No. 5 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school in the United States.

Our research program is fueled by partnerships, with 19 centers and two institutes, cadets, faculty and industry all working together for the benefit of tomorrow’s Air Force.

At a Glance

RESEARCH FACTS

19Research Centers

#1Undergraduate Research University

22Academic Departments

450PhDs

75%(DoD) Sponsored Research