Air Force Academy

Find an Admissions Advisor by Region

If you have questions or want more information about the Air Force Academy, please contact your area’s admissions advisor, as well as the Admissions Liaison Officer (ALO) who lives in your community for your school. You can find those contacts here.

Click here for all the application steps and a link to a smart phone app checklist.

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The Nomination Process

To be eligible to accept an offer of appointment to the Academy, applicants must be nominated by a legally authorized nominating entity. The process of securing a nomination is competitive and lengthy. It is recommended that students begin applying for a nomination at the same time that they are completing their Pre-Candidate Questionnaire.

Read more about Nominations to determine the categories for which your students are eligible, then they should contact their appropriate nominating authority to make their request. Students should request a nomination in all categories for which they are eligible, and do so as early as possible.

The deadlines of nominating sources vary and could be as soon as early September. Regardless of when they initiate their process, nomination’s must be received by the Academy no later than January 31. As a reminder, the application processes and deadlines are separate for the nominations processes and deadlines.

During a Student’s Junior Year

Junior year is when the application process to the Academy truly begins. Students will start by filling out the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire, which becomes available online March 1 every year and starts the application process.

Between March 1 of their junior year and December 31 of their senior year, they must submit a completed Pre-Candidate Questionnaire. When a student is ready to begin the application, they can visit the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire online.

Between March 1 of their junior year and December 31 of their senior year, they must also request nominations from their state’s congressional representative(s) or other designated nominators.

NOTE: As with any top university, competition for admission to the Academy is extremely high. In addition to applying to the Academy, their college application strategy should include a backup plan. To pursue an interest in the Air Force, they may also wish to request and submit an application for Air Force ROTC.

Who do Students Talk to?

On select dates throughout the year, representatives from the United States Air Force Academy participate in college fairs, visit high schools or speak at community centers across the nation. These events are great opportunities to learn more about what the Academy has to offer.

The majority of our events are held in the fall and spring, with fewer events in the summer months. To learn more about the Academy, check for an event that may be convenient to you and your students.

The United States Air Force Academy strives to create a highly qualified and truly diverse cadet wing at the Academy each year. We are looking to expand our applicant pool across individual characteristics defined by our diversity definition, that include:

  • Personal life experiences, including having overcome adversity by personal efforts
  • Geographic background, such as region, rural, suburban, urban
  • Socioeconomic and educational background, such as academic excellence and/or whether an individual would be a first generation college student
  • Cultural knowledge and language abilities, with particular emphasis on cultures and languages of strategic importance to the Air Force
  • Work background, including prior enlisted service
  • Physical abilities, including athletic prowess
  • Age, though applicants must be within statutory parameters for academy attendance

In addition to race, ethnicity, and gender. If you have a student who comes from a diverse background in terms of race, ethnicity, or gender, or if their background includes diverse experiences, knowledge or abilities, if they seek an education that is on par with highly selective colleges and universities, and have a desire to service, please have them consider the United States Air Force Academy and become familiar with our application process and admissions requirements. One of our admissions goals is to ensure that students are aware of the opportunities at your United States Air Force Academy.  USAFA Admissions hires newly graduated USAF officers responsible to admissions, outreach and mentoring activities. These admissions advisors are dedicated to spreading the word about their Academy experience, education and the opportunities afforded by the United States Air Force Academy.

Summer Programs

Summer Seminar: Summer Seminar offers a unique opportunity to experience the Air Force Academy first-hand. It is specially designed for high school juniors heading into their senior year to get a realistic perspective of cadet life. Students will live in the dormitories, eat at the Academy’s dining facility, explore the various academic/military programs and courses that the Academy has to offer, and participate in a variety of different physical fitness activities (to include a practice CFA). The application is open from 1 December 2015 to 15 January 2016, and it is free to apply. There are two sessions: 12-17 June 2016 and 19-24 June 2016. Student may apply here.STEM Engineering and Construction Camp: This camp is designed to provide high school students with a world-class experience in STEM skills following a “Build the Design” model. This one week program is supervised and led by engineers and located at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The program runs from 7-13 July 2016. Learn more information or apply now.

Summer Sports Camps: We offer Summer Falcon Sports Camps for student 8 to 18 who want to participate in numerous sports and are led by our very own head coaches! Click here for additional information.

Campus Tours

If you have students who are interested in pursuing an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy and plan to visit the campus, they may wish to participate in an escorted tour and admissions briefing. Offered during the academic year to middle school, high school, and post-high school students, tours can help individuals gain a deeper understanding of the AF Academy environment. Escorted tours are conducted Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays during the academic year. Generally starting the first week of September through mid-May, we require reservations 14 days in advance. We also offer Game Day tours. After the tour participants will be allowed to purchase discounted tickets to cheer on our AF Falcons for football, hockey, and men’s and women’s basketball. For more on available dates for both tours, please go here or call 1-800-443-3864.


FAFSA Preparation

Click here to review the following steps required to prepare for the FAFSA:

  1. Apply for FSA ID at
  2. Contact college(s) applied to & ask for their FAFSA Priority filing date
  3. Complete 2015 taxes early
  4. Gather student & parent materials (i.e. tax forms, W-2 forms, banking info, etc.)
  5. Complete FAFSA at before coellge’s priority date
  6. Expect SAR (Student Aid Report) to acknowledge form was processed
  7. Expect Financial Aid Award Notifications in spring from colleges listed on FAFSA

Financial Aid Webinars

Seniors and their parents can learn about financial aid and the FAFSA from the comfort of your home by participating in one of the free EducationQuest Financial Aid Program Webinars.

Monday, January 11 – 7:00 pm (CT)
Webinar link:

Wednesday, January 13 – 7:00 pm (CT)
Webinar link:

To join a webinar, click on the link under your desired date. The password is college.

Below are 5 scholarships found at valued at more than 518,000 that are currently accepting applications.

1. Knight Essay Scholarship – $5,000 – 3 Awards (Deadline: December 31, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

This scholarship is open to all students who are United States citizens or legal resident aliens. Contestants shall be in the freshman, sophomore, junior or senior grade of high school study during the contest year and attending school, including accredited home schools.

Applications can be found by going to:


2. Points December Scholarship – $10,000 – 10 Awards (Deadline: December 31, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

A) Be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US.

B) Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

Applications can be found by going to:


3. MIT Think Scholarship – $1,000 – 3 Awards (Deadline: January 1, 2016)

Student Eligibility:

The Scholarship Program is run by undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and sponsored by technology companies and educational organizations.

Applications can be found by going to:


4. ExploraVision Awards – $10,000 – 40 Awards (Deadline: February 1, 2016)

Student Eligibility:

All entrants must be United States or Canadian citizens or legal residents, living within the United States, U.S. Territories or Canada and enrolled full-time in a public, private or home school. Students enter as a team of 2-4 students with a teacher/coach and optional mentor.

Applications can be found by going to:


5. You Deserve It Scholarship – $1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: February 15, 2016)

Student Eligibility:

A) You must be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories

B) You must be 16 years of age or older

C) You must either be enrolled now, or will be enrolled iin a qualified high school, college or university within the United States.

Applications can be found by going to:

2016 Spirit of Youth Award

For the last four years to the Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice, in partnership with the Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association, has recognized a dynamic young adult with juvenile justice experience who has overcome obstacles to find personal success and give back to their community via the Spirit of Youth Award.  They are excited to announce that nomination are currently being accepted for the 2016 Spirit of Youth Award.  The award recipient will be recognized at the 2016 NJJA Conference, receive a $500 scholarship to an accredited Nebraska college or training program, and have their nomination forwards for consideration in for the National Spirit of Youth Award. You can find details below and the nomination form is attached.  Please share this with any and everyone who may know an eligible young person.

CRITERIA: The award recipient must be:

  • Under 24 years of age,
  • A person who was adjudicated delinquent/involved in the juvenile justice system,
  • Currently involved, directly or indirectly, in bettering the lives of youth; and
  • Nominated by a former system worker or member of the community.

SELECTION: The Nebraska Juvenile Justice Coalition Youth Committee will review nominations.  All nominees will be informed of the decision made by March 1st, 2016.  The review committee will respect confidentiality, as well as it can.

PRESENTATION: The recipient will be honored at the Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association (NJJA) Annual Conference at 12:00pm on May 19th, 2016. The recipient will receive an honorary plaque, a one-time $500 scholarship to a Nebraska post-secondary institution or training program of the recipient’s choice, free conference registration and travel and/or lodging expenses to attend the 2016 NJJA Annual Conference, May 18th-20th, 2016, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, NE.  The recipient’s nomination will also be forwarded to the National Coalition for Juvenile Justice as Nebraska’s nomination for the National Spirit of Youth Award.  The recipient will be asked to sign a media release to allow for publishing about his/her recognition.

DEADLINE FOR 2016 NOMINATIONS: All nominations must be received by February 1st, 2016.  Electronic submission is encouraged.  Please mail, fax or email completed applications to:

Attn: Vanessa Humaran

                                Nebraska Crime Commission

                                301 Centennial Mall South/PO Box 94946

                                Lincoln, NE 68509

                                Phone: (402) 471-3998

                                Fax: (402) 471-2837


Brown University Pre-College Programs

The application period for Summer 2016 Brown University Pre-College Programs is now open.

This summer, talented students may choose Brown University Pre-College Programs to prepare for college success. It’s a chance to challenge themselves with Ivy League academics and meet exceptional students from around the world.

  • More than 300 Academic Courses
  • Sessions 1 to 7 Weeks in Length
  • Global Programs
  • Online Courses
  • STEM Programs for Middle & High School Students
  • College Credit Options
  • Spring Programs in Costa Rica, The Florida Keys, and Brown University

Visit our website at to learn more, and begin an application today. Courses fill quickly!

Iowa Private College Week

For information about Iowa Private College week and to register for this event, visit During the first week in August, Iowa’s 25 private colleges and universities invites students and your parents to explore their campuses, visit with professors, meet coaches, chat with current students, and learn all about academic and social opportunities.

Free ACT Online Prep

ACT is offering its newly redesigned ACT Online Prep™ product, a value of $39.95, at no cost to students who qualify and register for a national ACT® test date with a fee waiver. ACT Online Prep is one of many tools we are proud to offer to help students prepare for the ACT.

The new system will launch December 18. No additional steps are necessary for your eligible students to receive complimentary access.

  • For eligible students who registered for the February test, or any subsequent test, prior to December 18:
    • ACT Online Prep login information will be provided via email by December 31.
  • For eligible students registering for the ACT on and after December 18:
    • Online: ACT Online Prep will appear at no charge in their shopping cart.
    • By phone/mail: If students provided an email address, login information will be sent within two weeks after registration.

Scholarship Reminders

Seniors are reminded to visit ScholarshipQuest for updated local, regional & Nebraska-based scholarships. In addition, there are several national scholarship searches listed at ScholarshipQuest and the LSW Counseling Center’s website.

New scholarships include:

  • Full Sail University’s Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship $1,000 scholarship
  • Full Sail University’s Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship $1,000 scholarship
    • Deadline: June 1, 2016
  • Lincoln Community Foundation Scholarships (Starting December 15th)

    • & ScholarshipQuest
    • JENNIE (MCDOWELL) AND HARLAN LAYTON SCHOLARSHIP – LANCASTER CO., NEEligibility: Graduating seniors from public high schools in Lincoln/Lancaster County, NE.Criteria: Any 2‐ or 4‐year college, “B” average or below (3.49 or below on 4.0 scale), financial need.
    • MARGARET AND MAX PUMPHREY SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Graduating seniors or former graduates of a high school in Lancaster County, NebraskaCriteria: 2‐ or 4‐year college in Nebraska, financial need.
    • THOMAS C. WOODS, JR. SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Graduating seniors from a public or private high school in the following counties in Nebraska: Adams, Butler, Cass, Clay, Fillmore, Gage,Hamilton, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, Webster and York.Criteria: Academic success, will attend college in Nebraska, financial need.
    • MIRIAM CROFT MOELLER CITIZENSHIP AWARDEligibility: Graduating seniors from public or private high schools in Lincoln, NebraskaCriteria: Interest in citizenship, meet minimum standards for college admission, full‐time student.
    • JOHN BRESLOW SCHOLARSHIPSEligibility: Current employees* or dependents of current employees* of Matheson/LinweldCriteria: 2 or 4‐year college, preference to majors in welding, industrial distribution or field that enhances work at Matheson/Linweld.
    • ARNOLD H. WHITE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Graduating seniors or former graduates from high schools in the communities of Lyons, Lincoln and Fairbury in NebraskaCriteria: 2‐ or 4‐year college, financial need, preference to 1st generation college students.
    • PHIL HECKMAN SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Graduating seniors from public or private high schools in Lincoln, NebraskaCriteria: Academic success, will attend Doane College (Crete campus), financial need
    • HAYMARKET GALLERY EMERGING ARTISTS SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Graduating seniors or former graduates from public or private high schools in Lancaster County, Nebraska, or college students who reside in Lancaster County, NebraskaCriteria: Major in Art, resident of Lancaster County, artistic promise.
    • COLLEEN FARRELL GERLEMAN SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Graduating seniors from public or private high schools in Lincoln, Nebraska, including previous recipients of the Gerleman ScholarshipCriteria: Academic success, college in Nebraska (undergraduate), financial need.
    • ALFRED & ESTHER EGGERLINGMIDLAND UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Graduating seniors who will attend Midland or current Midland studentsCriteria: Ability to succeed in college, financial need
    • GEORGE & LYNNA GENE COOK SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Seniors or graduates from any high school in Nebraska, or completed GEDCriteria: 3.0+ GPA, major in ministry or education, preference to members of First Church of God.
    • JENNINGS B. AND BEULAH G. HAGGERTY SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Graduating seniors from public or private high schools in Lincoln, NebraskaCriteria: Top 1/3 of class, 2‐ or 4‐year college in Nebraska, financial need.
    • MILDRED FRY SCHOLARSHIPSEligibility: Graduating seniors, former graduates or students who completed their GED and reside in NebraskaCriteria: In foster care at any point in life, plans to attend 2‐ or 4‐year college or university, financial need
    • BRENDA BROWN DESATNICK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Female former graduate of any high school in USACriteria: Preference to females over age 25 who reside in Lancaster County, Nebraska; financial need; interest in becoming self‐supporting and independent.
    • Harley J. Bair Rotary ScholarshipEligibility: Current graduating senior of a public or private school in Lincoln, Ne.Criteria: Attending 2‐4 year college or university.
    • GLADYS D. GOODSON SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Graduating seniors from any high school in Nebraska or current college students attending college in NebraskaCriteria: Pursuing degree in nursing, college in Nebraska, 3.0 GPA, financial need.
    • CPCULAWRENCE “LARRY” FRAZIER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Graduating seniors or former graduates of high schools in NebraskaCriteria: Full‐time student, 2‐ or 4‐year college in Nebraska, preference to majors in aviation, insurance or law, preference to participants in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.
    • RALPH & JEAN CUCA SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Graduating seniors from Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, NebraskaCriteria: Financial need, academic achievement.
    • JANE T. ANDERSON SCHOLARSHIPEligibility: Graduating seniors from public high schools in Lancaster County, NebraskaCriteria: Major in Art, Art History or Museumology, scholastic performance and artistic talent.
  • National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)
  • Titan Machinery Scholarship
    • or ScholarshipQuest
    • Deadline: March 1, 2016