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World-class Education, Real-world Application

The United States Air Force Academy doesn’t just expand students’ minds, it prepares them to become some of our nation’s greatest leaders. A dynamic and diverse mix of civilian and military faculty teach lessons with real-world applications. With a student-to-faculty ratio of just nine-to-one, the U.S. Air Force Academy provides a uniquely accessible learning environment.

Awards and Accolades

College Rankings

The U.S. Air Force Academy has been recognized as a top educational institution for many of its programs.

  • 2018

    #6 Forbes Top 25 STEM colleges

  • 2018

    #6 Forbes Top Public colleges

  • 2018

    #1 Undergrad Research University

  • 2018

    #3 U.S. News Top Public School



  • 2018

    #6 U.S. News Best Undergrad Engineering Program



  • 2018

    #7 U.S. News Best Computer Engineering

Incredible Benefits

Attending the U.S. Air Force Academy is an investment in your future, for you and for us. We take away the burden of trying to pay for tuition so you can focus fully on your studies. In exchange, after graduation, you will serve as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Space Force in your chosen career field, putting your education into practice.

Every cadet receives:

  • Cost-free tuition
  • Cost-free room and board
  • Cost-free medical care
  • Outpatient treatment, physical examinations and routine dental examinations are performed in the cadet clinic.
  • Pay and benefits
  • Access to a low-cost, government-sponsored life insurance program

“The biggest class I’ve ever had has been 25 people, and because of that I get to know the material better.”

Cadet Life


Spend Your Career Leading Others, Not Paying off Debt

An education at the U.S. Air Force Academy is provided at no cost to cadets. Instead, once you graduate, you will commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force or Space Force. The length of your commitment will depend on your career path, but the benefits will last a lifetime.

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Developing More Than Your Mind

The U.S. Air Force Academy is a world-class university designed to create strong leaders. Beyond academic excellence, the U.S. Air Force Academy emphasizes military training, athletics and character development to forge officers of character who are ready to lead on day one in the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Space Force.

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