United States Air Force Academy

United States Air Force Academy

The United States Air Force Academy, also known as USAFA or Air Force, is an accredited college for the United States Air Force. Located in El Paso County, Colorado, it was established in 1954 and is the youngest of the United States service academies. The main campus covers 18,000 acres and the Academy offers bachelor's degrees in a wide variety of subjects.

USAFA's athletic department fields a number of men's and women's sports teams which participate in several intercollegiate programs. They are nicknamed the Falcons and their official mascot is this bird. The sports teams compete in several sports including football, baseball, basketball, and tennis.

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United States Air Force Academy
USAFA , CO 80840-5002
General Phone: (719) 333-6481

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United States Air Force Academy Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering420engineering, aerospace engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, engineering science, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, ...
Liberal Arts277English, general studies, humanities, international studies, social services, economics, geography, political science, history, ...
Science109biology, biochemistry, biological and physical sciences, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, physics
Business and Management104business management
Therapy and Counseling62behavioral sciences
Law19legal studies, legal professions
Computer Science and Engineering18computer science, computer engineering

Number of programs and degrees for United States Air Force Academy in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,02436

United States Air Force Academy Student Body

In 2007-2008, United States Air Force Academy had a total enrollment of 4,461 students (5,463 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 78%
Women 22%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 77%
Black 5%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 8%
American Indian 2%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 32%
20-21 46%
22-24 21%
25-29 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina3%
New York2%
New Jersey2%
New Mexico1%
New Hampshire1%
South Carolina1%
(International Students)1%

United States Air Force Academy Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 90 %

United States Air Force Academy Room and Board (2007)

United States Air Force Academy offers campus housing for 4,550 of its 5,463 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Colorado Springs, Colorado for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Colorado Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

United States Air Force Academy Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal595680
SAT Math620700
SAT Writing560660
ACT Verbal2731
ACT Math2832
ACT Composite2831

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT54%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT46%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

United States Air Force Academy Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount

Financial Aid:
United States Air Force Academy participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 136900)

United States Air Force Academy Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year53$113,8933$93,210
Associate professorcalendar year32$98,13312$94,741
Assistant professorcalendar year24$81,89416$72,037
Instructorcalendar year11$63,27311$53,950
All faculty totalcalendar year120$98,65042$75,299

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

United States Air Force Academy Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mountain West Conference
Basketball Mountain West Conference
Baseball Mountain West Conference
Track Mountain West Conference

United States Air Force Academy Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering
Military Technologies
Operations Research
Systems Engineering

Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
American History (United States)
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
History, Other
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences

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