|Applicant Competition||Very High|
How hard is it to get into USAFA and can I get accepted? The school has a 11% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Colorado for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,182 out of 10,376 applicants were admitted making USAFA 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 16 percent. United States Air Force Academy typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 98% chose to enroll. This indicates that admission to the school is highly desirable and it may be a primary choice for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
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|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||610|
|SAT Math 25th||620|
|SAT Composite 25th||1230|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||690|
|SAT Math 75th||720|
|SAT Composite 75th||1410|
|Average SAT Score||1320|
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 20 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1230 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 1140. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1320 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in Colorado for highest average SAT composite score. 42 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1410 and Above||Good||>17%|
|1320 to 1410||Avg +||11%-17%|
|1230 to 1320||Avg -||7%-11%|
|1140 to 1230||Reach||4%-7%|
|Less than 1140||Low||<4%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||27|
|ACT Math 25th||27|
|ACT Composite 25th||28|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||34|
|ACT Math 75th||32|
|ACT Composite 75th||33|
|Average ACT Score||30|
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into USAFA?
Admission data indicates that USAFA regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 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 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Colorado for highest average ACT composite score. 58 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to United States Air Force Academy.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|33 and Above||Good||>19%|
|30 to 33||Avg +||11%-19%|
|28 to 30||Avg -||7%-11%|
|26 to 28||Reach||5%-7%|
|Less than 26||Low||<5%|
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. The school ranks #1 in Colorado for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as USAFA is a very selective school.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House
55% of United States Air Force Academy freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||55%|
|Top 25% of class||85%|
|Top 50% of class||97%|
|Bottom 50% of class||3%|
|Bottom 25% of class||0%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||100%||98%||98%|
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Dec 31, 2019.
What are the requirements for admission to United States Air Force Academy and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
|Subject||Percent of Class|
Socorro, New Mexico
College Station, Texas
San Luis Obispo, California
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=128328 IPEDS survey data for United States Air Force Academy.
42% of students submit their SAT scores to USAFA. 58% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
11% of those who apply are granted admission to USAFA. Admission competition is very high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1230 and 1410. 42% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 28 and 33. 58% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.