United States Air Force Academy

USAFA, CO
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USAFA, CO, 2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 3800
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Career Preparation A+
Students and Culture A
Facilities A+
Activities and Groups A
A+
Excellent

United States Air Force Academy is a medium sized, public, four-year university enrolling 4,111 students and offering 39 degrees in USAFA, CO.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at United States Air Force Academy.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
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Business
257 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Administration and Management
181
Economics
57
Operations Research
19
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Engineering
181 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
74
Civil Engineering
41
Computer Engineering
13
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
15
Engineering
2
Engineering Mechanics
0
Engineering Science
0
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering
6
Materials Sciences
0
Mechanical Engineering
30
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Human and Social Sciences
148 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Behavioral Sciences
62
History
8
Humanities/humanistic Studies
5
International/global Studies
16
Philosophy
1
Political Science
34
Social Sciences
22
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Mathematics and Science
123 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
5
Biochemistry
5
Biological and Physical Sciences
0
Biology
60
Chemistry
6
Geography
25
Materials Chemistry
5
Mathematics
5
Physics
12
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Computer Technology
98 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Science
24
Systems Engineering
74
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Education and Liberal Arts
40 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
American History (United States)
0
Applied Mathematics
7
English Language and Literature
13
General Studies
12
Military History
8
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Legal and Law
24 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Legal Professions and Studies
0
Legal Studies
24
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Trades and Careers
0 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Military Systems and Maintenance Technology
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
A+ Excellent
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 3 Reviews
Alumni
Biology, Class of 1994

Give you a job in the AF

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Biology, Class of 2015

It's the air force, so we network with officers daily. There are very small classes of no more than 25 and usually 10-15. Small campus with many tutoring opportunities.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 3 Reviews
Alumni
Emergency Management, Class of 2006

Motivated, Want to help others

Rated January 2016
A+ Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 3 Reviews
Alumni
Emergency Management, Class of 2006

Outstanding, state of the art

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Biology, Class of 2015

Well funded, but there are no windows outside of some chemistry and most biology rooms.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 3 Reviews
Alumni
Biology, Class of 2015

Glider flying, airplane flying, skydiving

Rated January 2016
CURRICULUM FOCUS
United States Air Force Academy Engineering Program
UDC Contributor

Imagine being part of a team challenged with designing, fabricating, testing, and launching a rocket into space. Students who thrive on such hands-on activities often find the Air Force Academy an ideal place to learn engineering. The Academy features some of the most cutting-edge technologies available anywhere to undergraduates. One such gem is the Applied Mechanics Laboratory. In this highly modern, well-equipped “workshop,” cadets learn how to use everything from a computer-controlled mill to composite material fabrication tools. The similarly impressive Astronautics Laboratories contain high-fidelity orbital analysis software and facilities for small satellite design. Faculty— about 70 percent of whom are military officers— provide guidance both in class and after hours. Instructors favor seminar-style classes over lectures, and they expect students to come to class ready to participate. (Curriculum guidelines suggest two hours of homework/study for every hour in class.) Cadets, who become second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation, leave equipped with a solid foundation in general engineering and in their specific discipline be it aeronautical, astronautical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, or systems engineering.

Questions and Answers about United States Air Force Academy

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Who are the notable alumni?
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Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger must have relied on his Air Force training to keep calm under pressure when an aircraft emergency led him to safely land a U.S. Airways commercial flight in the Hudson River near New York City in 2009. Grads also have made their mark in athletics: Alonzo Babers won two gold medals in track at the 1984 Summer Olympics. William Roy captained the 1996 U.S. Olympic Shooting Team. And the leadership of head coach Gregg Popovich “spurred” San Antonio to five NBA championships (and counting).

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What is the campus setting like?
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The 18,500-acre campus rests just outside of Colorado Springs, about 60 miles from Denver. All students (called cadets) live in one of two dormitories. Rooms include basic necessities, including linens and a laptop; cadets bring very few personal items. The orderly atmosphere of campus can be witnessed daily when cadets march in formation to lunch, much to the delight of the thousands of tourists who visit the campus each year. Visitors can also hike one of the campus’s nature trails to see iconic Cadet Chapel. This 150-foot-tall architectural wonder features a succession of 17 glass and aluminum spires each composed of 100 tetrahedrons. Diffused light enters the building through continuous panels of brilliant stained glass.

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What are the online learning and extension/adult learning opportunities?
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The Air Force Academy offers a regimented program of academics, athletics, military training, and leadership development. Living on campus is a must. Likewise, applicants must meet age requirements – at least 17 but not past your 23rd birthday by July 1 of the year you enter. Don’t for a minute, though, think the Academy doesn’t prize the role of technology in modern education. The fully-networked campus includes an integrated computer system that provides access to library holdings from faculty offices to dorm rooms alike. And state-of-the-art equipment at the Distance Learning Center enables cadets to sit in on classes at other institutions, interact with guest lecturers, and collaborate with students from other colleges.

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What are the athletic highlights?
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The Fighting Falcons compete in Division I athletics, and competitions against the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy draw large crowds. The school hosts 29 different men’s and women’s intercollegiate teams. Students not on one must participate in intramural sports. Additionally, all cadets take physical education as part of the curriculum. Of the 10 classes required, six core classes cover specific areas beneficial to future military officers, such as water survival and combat.

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What are the school's academic highlights?
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STEM fields dominate in order to meet the needs of the U.S. Air Force. Research centers on air, space, and cyberspace. Students and faculty work on projects ranging from material degradation of older aircraft to how to automatically detect code reuse by malware, to name a few projects. Areas of exceptional strength include aerospace, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Regardless of major, leadership training and character development go hand-in-hand with academic courses to prepare students for active duty after graduation. The U.S. Air Force fully funds tuition, room, and board in exchange for this military service. The school takes particular pride in its faculty, which has received national recognition for their accessibility to students.

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