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IPEDS ID: 128328
OPE ID: 00136900
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United States Air Force Academy
2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 3800, USAF Academy, Colorado 80840-5002
General information:  (719) 333-1818
Website:  www.usafa.edu
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  Town: Fringe
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  4,276 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  8 to 1
Admissionsacademyadmissions.com
Apply Onlineadmissions.usafa.edu/
Disability Servicesacademyadmissions.com
Mission Statement
  The Mission of the United States Air Force Academy is to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become leaders of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students' federally guaranteed loans may be deferred while enrolled.
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or lessView note
This is a military institution. Students are required to pass a vigorous medical evaluation to be accepted into the United States Air Force Academy. Cadets will be commissioned into the military service after graduation.
Special Learning Opportunities
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2017Full timePart time
Total faculty1934
Instructional1864
Research and public service70
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • No detailed yearly expense data available.
  • “Aside from the free tuition, free room and board, students receive a nominal monthly stipend. Each cadet will owe at least five years of service as an active duty officer upon graduation, though additional programs (such as attending higher education, or becoming a pilot) can add to the commitment.
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
  • Aside from the free tuition, students receive a nominal monthly stipend. Each cadet will owe at least five years of service as an active duty officer upon graduation, though additional programs (such as attending higher education, or becoming a pilot) can add to the commitment.
  • Data not available.
  • Data not available.
Fall 2017
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)4,276
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment0
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Student Gender:
Male: 74%
Female: 26%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 5%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 63%
Two or more races: 7%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 5%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 99%
25 and over: 1%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 7%
Out-of-state: 90%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 2%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2016.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2017
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants10,2027,2042,998
Percent admitted12%12%11%
Percent admitted who enrolled97%97%98%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Test Scores: Fall 2017 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT75664%
ACT42436%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing600690
SAT Math610700
ACT Composite2832
ACT English2734
ACT Math2732
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 94%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Returned in Fall 2017
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 100 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2017.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 78%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 77%
6-year: 79%
8-year: 79%
[Began in Fall 2011]
4-year: 75%
6-year: 78%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2009 or Fall 2011
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 78%
Female: 75%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 50%
Asian: 65%
Black or African American: 63%
Hispanic/Latino: 73%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 73%
White: 81%
Two or more races: 78%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 75%
Non-resident alien: 89%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 79%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
  • Institution only reported students who did not receive Pell Grants in 2009-10
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry11
Biology/Biological Sciences, General63
Category total74
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General201
Category total201
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance9
Computer Science27
Category total36
Engineering
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering67
Civil Engineering, General44
Computer Engineering, General12
Electrical and Electronics Engineering15
Mechanical Engineering22
Operations Research29
Systems Engineering84
Category total273
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General14
Category total14
History
American History (United States)2
History, General2
History, Other3
Military History13
Category total20
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General20
Category total20
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies18
Humanities/Humanistic Studies4
Category total22
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General9
Mathematics, General1
Category total10
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Military Systems and Maintenance Technology, Other15
Category total15
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences60
Biological and Physical Sciences0
International/Global Studies25
Category total85
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy3
Category total3
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General9
Chemistry, General2
Materials Chemistry3
Materials Science0
Physics, General15
Category total29
Social Sciences
Economics, General104
Geography27
Political Science and Government, General53
Social Sciences, General0
Category total184
Grand total986
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
  • Aside from the free tuition, room and board, students receive a nominal monthly stipend. Each cadet will owe at least five years of service as an active duty officer upon graduation, though additional programs (such as attending higher education or becoming a pilot) can add to the commitment. All first year Cadets completed a rigorous application process to be admitted and are required to attend Cadet Basic Training. Questions regarding veterans programs may be answered by the admissions office
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
  • Institution did not award educational benefits in 2013-14.
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1959 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
  • The United States Military Academy (USMA), United State Naval Academy (USNA), and United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) fall under the Department of Defense, not the Department of Education. Consequently, these Military Service Academies do not participate in the Title IV student aid programs and are not subject to the Clery Act. However, under the National Defense Authorization Act, they are mandated to report information about efforts to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault at the military academies directly to Congress. This comprehensive report, the Department of Defense's Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies, includes data on reported incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault involving cadets and midshipmen. You can access past copies of the report at http://www.sapr.mil/index.php/annual-reports.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
  • This institution is not found on the current Federal loan default rates database. Cohort Default Rate (CDR) data are not included when number of borrowers entering repayment includes 10 or fewer borrowers for all 3 cohort years.