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Chances of getting into United States Air Force Academy

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
11.4%
Admission Difficulty for United States Air Force Academy
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionVery High
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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.

USAFA SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1230-1410
Applicants Submitting SAT
42%
SAT Scores for United States Air Force Academy
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1230
SAT Scores for United States Air Force Academy
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 720
SAT Composite 75th 1410
Average SAT Score 1320

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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 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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

United States Air Force Academy admission chances by SAT score
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%
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USAFA ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
28-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
58%
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 33
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

United States Air Force Academy admission chances by ACT score
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%
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USAFA GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into United States Air Force Academy?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into USAFA. 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.

 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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

United States Air Force Academy admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,144 7,232 10,376
Accepted 295 887 1,182
Acceptance Rate 9% 12% 11%
Enrolled 294 869 1,163
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 100% 98% 98%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to United States Air Force Academy and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does United States Air Force Academy prefer SAT or ACT?

42% of students submit their SAT scores to USAFA. 58% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into United States Air Force Academy?

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.

What SAT score is required for United States Air Force Academy?

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.

What ACT score is required for United States Air Force Academy?

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.