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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:  4,085 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  7 to 1
Admissionsacademyadmissions.com/
Apply Onlineadmissions.usafa.edu/
Financial Aid
Net Price Calculatorwww.usafa.edu/
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veterans
Disability Serviceswww.academyadmissions.com/
Athletic Graduation Rates
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 Department of the Air Force in service to our nation.
Special Learning Opportunities
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Placement services for completers
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.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students' federally guaranteed loans may be deferred while enrolled.
For-credit instruction programs offered
Academic
Noncredit education offered
Institution does not offer noncredit education
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2022Full timePart time
Total faculty2064
Instructional1994
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.
  • This is a U.S. Service Academy. All costs are covered, and students receive a stipend in exchange for a U.S. Armed Forces service commitment.;
Alternative Tuition Plans and Promise Program
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
  • Does not participate in Promise program
  • USAFA is a Military Service Academy aside from free tuition, room, and board, students receive a nominal monthly stipend. Each cadet will owe a minimum five years active duty service commitment as an officer upon graduation. Some programs (such as higher education or pilot training) can add to the service commitment.
  • Data not available.
  • Data not available.
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Fall 2022
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)4,085
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment0
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Student Gender:
Male: 71%
Female: 29%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 7%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 63%
Two or more races: 8%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
U.S. Nonresident: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 98%
25 and over: 2%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 5%
Out-of-state: 93%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 1%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2021.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 0%
Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 100%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2022
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants8,3535,9122,441
Percent admitted16%16%16%
Percent admitted who enrolled78%78%77%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequired to be consideredNot required, but consideredNot considered
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Work experienceX
Personal statement or essayX
Legacy statusNot applicableX
Admission test scoresRequired to be consideredNot required, but considered (Test Optional)Not considered (Test Blind)
SAT / ACTX
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)X
English Proficiency TestX
Test Scores: Fall 2022 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT54051%
ACT34433%
Test Scores25th Percentile*50th Percentile** (median)75th Percentile***
NOTES:
*   25% of students scored at or below
**  50% of students scored above and 50% scored below (i.e., midpoint of the test score distribution)
*** 25% of students scored above
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing650685730
SAT Math660710750
ACT Composite283133
ACT English273134
ACT Math272932
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission. If an institution reports less than 5 students for any of the test scores, percentiles are not reported.
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 2021 and Returned in Fall 2022
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 without completing at the current 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 2022.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 100%
(*) 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 2014]
4-year: 85%
6-year: 87%
8-year: 87%
[Began in Fall 2016]
4-year: 87%
6-year: 100%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2014 or Fall 2016
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: 100%
Female: 100%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 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: 100%
Asian: 100%
Black or African American: 99%
Hispanic/Latino: 100%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 100%
Two or more races: 100%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 100%
U.S. Nonresident: 100%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 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 2014-15
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 87%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
  • Institution only reported students who did not receive Pell Grants in 2014-15
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2021-2022
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
Biochemistry0
Biology/Biological Sciences, General68
Category total68
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General135
Category total135
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance9
Computer Science82
Category total91
Engineering
Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering, General96
Civil Engineering, General48
Computer Engineering, General32
Electrical and Computer Engineering36
Electrical and Electronics Engineering0
Engineering Chemistry0
Engineering, General0
Mechanical Engineering31
Operations Research58
Systems Engineering35
Category total336
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General18
Category total18
History
American History (United States)0
History, General24
History, Other0
Military History0
Category total24
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies32
Category total32
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies1
Humanities/Humanistic Studies6
Category total7
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General0
Mathematics, General12
Category total12
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Cyber/Electronic Operations and Warfare4
Military Applied Sciences, Other4
Space Systems Operations1
Category total9
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences57
International/Globalization Studies55
Category total112
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy11
Category total11
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General6
Chemistry, General17
Physical Sciences, General1
Physics, General16
Category total40
Social Sciences
Economics, General44
Geography39
Political Science and Government, General32
Social Sciences, General10
Category total125
Grand total1,020
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
  • The institution is a Military Academy Aside from free tuition, room, and board, students receive a nominal monthly stipend. Each cadet will owe a minimum five years active duty service commitment as an officer upon graduation. Some programs (such as higher education or pilot training) can add to the service commitment.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2021-2022
  • Institution did not award educational benefits in 2013-14.
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution. Data on varsity athletics are submitted annually as required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), by all co-educational postsecondary institutions that have an intercollegiate athletics program. For the most recent data collection, EADA did not collect data on varsity athletics for programs that were cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Higher Learning CommissionAccredited since ((!)01/01/1959)08/31/2029
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/174376.
  • 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.