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United States Air Force Academy: Narrative Description


2304 Cadet Dr., Ste. 200
USAF Academy, CO 80840-5025
Tel: (719)333-1818; 800-443-9266; Admissions: (719)333-2520; Fax: (719)333-3012; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Federally supported, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1954. Setting: 18,000-acre suburban campus with easy access to Denver. Total enrollment: 4,157. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 10,780 applied, 12% were admitted. 57% from top 10% of their high school class, 85% from top quarter, 98% from top half. full-time: 4,157 students, 17% women, 83% men. Students come from 54 states and territories, 21 other countries, 95% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 5% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0.4% 25 or older, 100% live on campus, 0% transferred in. Retention: 82% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships. Off campus study at other United States service academies. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Option: international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview, authorized nomination, SAT I or ACT. Placement: SAT I or ACT recommended. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadline: 1/31. Notification: continuous until 5/15.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all. Most popular organizations: Cadet Ski Club, choir, Scuba Club, Aviation Club, Drum and Bugle Corps. Major annual events: Ring Dance, Doolie Day Out, Graduation. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, self-defense education, well-lit campus. College housing designed to accommodate 4,000 students; 4,219 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2001-02. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. United States Air Force Academy Library plus 2 others with 445,379 books, 635,244 microform titles, 1,693 serials, 4,458 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $3 million.

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