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United States Air Force Academy Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

17.1%
Admission Difficulty for United States Air Force Academy
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionVery High

Can I get into United States Air Force Academy? The school has a 17% acceptance rate. Last year, 1,559 out of 9,122 applicants were admitted making United States Air Force Academy a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 10 percent. United States Air Force Academy typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 80% chose to enroll. This indicates that admission to the school is highly desirable and it may be a primary choice for many students.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1300-1450
Applicants Submitting SAT
41%
SAT Scores for United States Air Force Academy
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1300
SAT Scores for United States Air Force Academy
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1450
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to United States Air Force Academy?

United States Air Force Academy typically requires applicants to be in the top 12 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1300 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1225. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1375 out of 1600. 41 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

United States Air Force Academy admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1450 and Above Good >26%
1375 to 1450 Avg + 17%-26%
1300 to 1375 Avg - 11%-17%
1225 to 1300 Reach 7%-11%
Less than 1225 Low <7%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
29-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
59%
ACT Scores for United States Air Force Academy
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for United States Air Force Academy
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 32
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into United States Air Force Academy?

Admission data indicates that United States Air Force Academy regularly accepts students with ACT's of 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. 59 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to United States Air Force Academy.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

United States Air Force Academy admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >29%
30 to 32 Avg + 17%-29%
29 to 30 Avg - 13%-17%
28 to 29 Reach 9%-13%
Less than 28 Low <9%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.88
Typical High School Grades
A-

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into United States Air Force Academy. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at United States Air Force Academy was 3.88 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as United States Air Force Academy is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted United States Air Force Academy students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 81% Good
3.50 to 3.75 9% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 8% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

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Admission Statistics

United States Air Force Academy admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,418 6,704 9,122
Accepted 437 1,122 1,559
Acceptance Rate 18% 17% 17%
Enrolled 329 913 1,242
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 75% 81% 80%

Fall 2018 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Dec 31, 2017
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2018 has passed. Applications were due on Dec 31, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to United States Air Force Academy and what considerations affect admission decisions?

United States Air Force Academy Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at United States Air Force Academy
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=128328 IPEDS survey data for United States Air Force Academy.