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United States Air Force Academy Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into United States Air Force Academy

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
11.9%
Admission Difficulty for United States Air Force Academy
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into United States Air Force Academy and can I get accepted? The school has a 12% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Colorado for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,216 out of 10,202 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 13 percent. United States Air Force Academy typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 97% 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 ten percent of their high school class.

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United States Air Force Academy SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1280-1440
Applicants Submitting SAT
64%
SAT Scores for United States Air Force Academy
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 630
SAT Composite 25th 1280
SAT Scores for United States Air Force Academy
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1440
Average SAT Score 1360

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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 14 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1280 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 1200. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1360 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in Colorado for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 64 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
1440 and Above Good >19%
1360 to 1440 Avg + 12%-19%
1280 to 1360 Avg - 7%-12%
1200 to 1280 Reach 5%-7%
Less than 1200 Low <5%
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United States Air Force Academy ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
28-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
36%
ACT Scores for United States Air Force Academy
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 27
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for United States Air Force Academy
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 30

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 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 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Colorado for highest average ACT composite score. 36 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 >19%
30 to 32 Avg + 12%-19%
28 to 30 Avg - 7%-12%
26 to 28 Reach 5%-7%
Less than 26 Low <5%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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. The school ranks #1 in Colorado for highest average GPA. 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 Competitiveness
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

High School Class Rank

55% of United States Air Force Academy freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted United States Air Force Academy students
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%

Admission Statistics

United States Air Force Academy admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,998 7,204 10,202
Accepted 334 882 1,216
Acceptance Rate 11% 12% 12%
Enrolled 326 854 1,180
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 98% 97% 97%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Dec 31, 2019
Days left to Apply
42

Applicants have 42 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Dec 31, 2019.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to United States Air Force Academy before the Dec 31 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

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.