• United States Air Force Academy 

    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. The Air Force website provides more information to determine the categories for which you are eligible.  You should contact your appropriate nominating authority to make the request.  You should request a nomination in all categories for which you 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 you initiate your process, nominations 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 Your Junior Year


    Junior year is when the application process to the Academy truly begins.  To begin the process, you will start by filling out the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire, which becomes available online March 1 of every year.  This starts the application process.  Between March 1 of your junior year and December 31 of your senior year, you MUST submit a completed Pre-Candidate Questionnaire.  The online submission of this questionnaire begins the process.  Between March 1 of your junior year and December 31 of your senior year, you MUST also request nominations from your state’s congressional representative(s) or other designated nominators.


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


    Who Do You 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 to 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 events that may be convenient to you.


    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 application 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 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 academic attendance.

    If you have a desire for service, please consider the United States Air Force Academy.  Become familiar with the application process and 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.


    For complete information, please visit our website at http://www.academyadmissions.com/.