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United States Air Force Academy Reviews

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  • 01/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    56 out of 57 people found this review useful. 1 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    self motivated, hard chargers. its a military school, if its not your cup of tea then think it through.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you get in good physical shape before going, makes your life a bit easier. make sure you are prepared to handle stressful situations. be ready to study A LOT! if your not already good at time management, you will be. also, only come if YOU made the decision, don't let parents or friends decide for you.

    Bang for the buck

    well, anyone who gets accepted here is on a full ride, period. you only pay for books and personal stuff, but they pay you every month (you are in the military). catch is you have to serve so many years in the air force after graduation as payment.

    Am enjoying being here

    Freshman year is not as fun as the others will be, but you get a sense of pride being at a school that only takes in about 1200 students NATIONWIDE every year.

    Am learning a lot

    seriously, USAFA has one of the toughest academic schedules anywhere, so you get one of the best educations anywhere! its supposed to be the 7th best school in the nation.

  • 06/19/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    24 out of 25 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 2 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you would like to accomplish something, become a Falcon. Every day is packed full of important tasks to begin and complee. Every cadet gets to fly with many opportunities to do simiar activities as scheduled.

    Tips for prospective students

    Every candidate and cadet I met during the summer seminar is remarkably bright, physiclly fit, well groomed, and respectful of their superiors and themselves. More importantly, they know where they are going - there is purpose in their actions. Grades and standardized test scores are tremendously important - both my dorm roommates had at least one perfect sub-score in the SAT or ACT. Sports, extra-curricular activities, and community work are also huge, as is demonstrated leadership in both school and non-school activities.

    Bang for the buck

    The value of an Air Force Academy education is - priceless. I have heard estimates ranging from $275,000 to $400,000. It is, in essence, a, full ride. And while the food I ate this summer is not like Mom's Sunday dinner, it was plentiful and nutritious. On top of tuition and room & board being paid for, cadets receive a monthly stipend approximating $400. The service commitment following graduation is meant to pay back the nation for the education received. That service is the best deal our nation offers any youngster.

    Will enjoy being here

    I now have some understanding of how difficult it is to have fun in the freshman year at the Air Force Academy. While students at other colleges are partying, cadets are studying, marching and polishing their shoes. But while other students are, hanging out, cadets are jumping out of airplanes, flying gliders and powered aircraft, watching the Falcons Beat Navy/Army and participating in any number of co-curricular activities. If I am accepted, I will be among the thousand plus fortunate few that apply to be members of the class of 2015. It is my dream.

    Will learn a lot

    I just returned from Summer Seminar 2010, and I am still thrilled about everyone I met, what I learned about the academy and myself, and the incredible opportunities available to the student cadets attending this national treasure. Every candidate/applicant I met, every cadet/cadre that led and instructed me, and every faculty/staff member is an outstanding individual in their own right. In just a short week I learned more about leadership and follower-ship than I have in my 17 years. The facilities (8,000 acres) are beautiful (tucked against the Rockies), modern and impeccably maintained. Every instructor is an expert in their field, and an accomplished teacher bringing excitement and information into the classroom.

  • 07/11/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    18 out of 22 people found this review useful. 3 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are determind, who keep up with their goals, who don't slack off, who are prepared to do what they have to do when they have to do it.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is my dream school! So many students and cadets will apply, and you will have to be the best of the best o get in. I know this will be a great school.

  • 08/15/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    There are all types of students here. If you desire a life in the military, and not because you think that it would be awesome, or fun, or you have that determined/unique mindset. Look into what that life entails, and if being an officer is how you wish to live for the majority of your young life then this may be the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to coast. Being the all-star freshman year only attracts negative attention. Remember that it is always more impressive to attract followers from actions rather than from bragging. Lettering four years while being an impressive AP student makes you average. Do not go for athletics, being an IC is an incredible opportunity, but it is not what a military academy is meant for. A large portion of students are very, very, very socially awkward. Get use to that and realize that there are some normal kids as well, some dudes, some bros, some good looking girls that you will have to fight over to date for a week, and some driven individuals. The place is either about doing your own thing or a lot of sucking up. You will be put in the command of fellow students under the guise of authority and power. Make friends. Friends will help you through. Being in a relationship is good, mature, and necessary in life, but during your young years do not get lost in it. The girls (or guys) that require a lot of attention will not get even close to any of yours.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is free...ish. You will owe five years in the military at least; however, you will get more financial opportunities and less financial worries than going any other route while pursuing your undergraduate education.

    Did enjoy being here

    The friendships will last a lifetime. Remember that this is not a normal college. You will have little to no social life, but the rewards are worth it if you go with no strings attached (girlfriends/family drama). If you get out of the freshman mindset after recognition, and do not lose who you are in the place it is not that bad.

    Did learn a lot

    Like any college your education is what you make of it. I have attended several universities/colleges/USAFA. During my high school education I was an AP scholar (7 or so AP classes), a three sport athlete (Football, Wrestling, and Lacrosse), an avid skier, and involved in the community. As USAFA is a difficult school to be admitted to this is the norm. Standing out in high school is one thing, at USAFA it is quite different. Unfortunately the course load freshman year at USAFA is very, very basic in the beginning. I found few classes challenging, and therefore harder to take seriously. The first year will put you in a weird place as far as mental state. While I personally found no particular part challenging as a whole it will test your determination to continue. I left to pursue a civilian life, as I found that civilian college can propel my academics better. None the less, the Academy is an excellent education. The friendships will last a lifetime, and if you are socially awkward you may find yourself at home. I can not speak on the final two years academically, only that during the first two years you may not find yourself challenged in regards to academics if that has always been your strong point.

  • 12/19/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Obviously, the Academy is only for those who are serious about serving their country; it isn't a place for everyone. Cadets are seen to be tough-minded, physically fit, always showing integrity, and persistent. No one is perfect, but basically, be the example and be the best at what you do. Good luck to you as a future USAFA cadet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start your 9th grade year off strong. It's better to start off with a 4.0 than a 3.0 GPA. Stay on top of your grades. Take up sports and make your way up to varsity,and hopefully, captain. Join a club or team, or even better, start a club yourself. USAFA wants to see people exceed the standard expectation. Do community service activities and projects; show USAFA you care about your country. Lastly, be per servant and stay strong. The Academy likes to see candidates who are persistent. Keep applying if you don't make it the 1st time. Keep improving your ACT/SAT scores and grades. Stay strong.

    Bang for the buck

    Attending USAFA is an education worth about $150,000 (could be mistaken) without a paying a penny out of your pocket. Four years of service ARE required after graduation.

    Will enjoy being here

    Obviously, there's pros and cons to attending a military academy. Pros - the greatest friends for a lifetime, set up for success after graduation, promised career after graduation, the best physical shape you'll probably ever be in your life, and the opportunity of serving your country. Cons - restricted free time (due to academics, rules of the campus, and physical training), limited time with family, long hours of studying, and the rigorous curriculum.

    Will learn a lot

    You will most definitely learn a lot here! Being at one of the most rigorous colleges in the U.S., the minimum credits needed to graduate is 140; while for other colleges, it's only 120. However, this rigorous curriculum prepares the future AF officers in their profession, the future leaders of America.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 6 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is first rate because you are not protected by regular cops, but you are protected by military personnel whose sole job is to protect the cadets.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and activities that you can partake in. If you have the desire to be a part of a club here, chances are you will either be able to find, or even start it yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    Your entire education is paid for, so you are definitely getting your bang for the buck. It may be hard, but coming out on the other end it is worth it to say that you made it through.

    What to do for fun

    When you have free time there is a lot for you to do. You can go hiking up in the mountains, go out to eat or go to the movies in the city, and during the winter you can take the weekend off and go skiing at some of the best ski resorts.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the best, but it is still food. You are served a variety of food every week with some consistencies like pasta night every Monday.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms with everyone in your squad is a great experience. You are surrounded by people that you work with and you are forced to learn how to get along with everyone even if you don't like them.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard, but they are rewarding. The class sizes are small enough that it is possible to have one on one time with your professor. If you need it the teachers are always willing to make time for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you really want to come here you need to start preparing as soon as possible. Get involved in your school and your community. Take advantage of every opportunity to make yourself bettter.

    In three sentences

    One of the most challenging and rewarding colleges in America. The competition is tough, but being surrounded by the best minds in the country will only increase your skill. It provides more opportunities than you could only imagine of having at other schools.

  • 06/16/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Dedicated students -Americans who want to offer service to their country -Developed or developing leaders

    Tips for prospective students

    From what I hear, physical fitness and good study habits are the best things to develop if you plan on attending.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of people stop and think that the education is free, but that is simply not the case. When you decide to enter the Academy, you commit yourself to a few years of dedicated service in the U.S. Military. Nevertheless, when you weigh the pros and cons, a free education and a chance to serve your country outweigh the risks of combat for some dedicated Americans.

    Will enjoy being here

    I have a friend who lives nearby the Academy. She says that the cadets seem to enjoy their experiences. As for surroundings, pictures of the area show that this is one of the most beautiful areas of America.

    Will learn a lot

    From what I have read at the admissions site, as well as the student review I have seen, I know that this school offers a challenging and beneficial education.

  • 08/05/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    High achieving students, students who want to serve in the military, those who love different altitude conditions and seasons, students who love air/space/flying

    Tips for prospective students

    Before you consider USAF Academy, make sure you know that this is your own choice, and not someone else's. Go to the Academy's website and seek out the different information regarding the campus. Not only do you have to have stellar grades and amazing test scores, but they also look at what activities you have done in high school (music, volunteering, sports, academia, etc.), your teacher's input, your ALO (Admissions Liaison Officer) interview, your writing sample, and other miscellaneous information they may ask you. Know that, as you are entering the military, you need to be in prime shape for the different training periods. Get active in competitive sports and take the time to work out as often as you can, because it will definitely help you as you go along.

    Bang for the buck

    There is the Oath of Commitment that you must take, which is the only repayment to the Academy, but in other regards, earning a free education when accepted to this campus is absolutely worth it. You get hands-on training for your respected fields, and the chance to be commissioned as a military officer is one of high esteem.

    Will enjoy being here

    The location of the base/campus is prime for many different vacation and fun tours that include biking, hiking, and river rafting in the summer, while skiing and snow activities in the winter. You get your four seasons in Colorado Springs. Knowing that, take into account all the training you will be doing here for the military. While there are fun activities you can do on your off time, be mindful of the different climates if you are not used to them. Otherwise, it will be definitely worth it coming to school here.

    Will learn a lot

    Just by reading the catalog they offer in the visitor center, it is quite obvious that a student accepted here will learn more than ever before. For those interested in air and space, you will definitely get what you asked for in a prestigious school such as this. If you don't enjoy taking on a big course-load all throughout your college years, then this may not be the school for you. For those that love to learn, and are willing to take on the challenge, I say go for it!

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Get your applications done as soon as possible!

    Will enjoy being here

    This school is located in a nice area

    Will learn a lot

    This school is very competitive in the education department as well as physical training

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are armed guards at the entrances to the academy. However, over a million tourists come here every year, and we are stationed between about four other important military installations, so it's a pretty big target if somebody really wanted to start something. Fortunately we have briefings and exercises to be prepared in the unlikely event that something does get started.

    Greek Life

    Doesn't exist. Instead, we have cadet squadrons, which are far tighter-knit and more valuable to your development as a human being.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you're interested in it, it's probably here. If it isn't, you can make it happen.

    Great for these types of students

    Any highly motivated, high energy people do well here. If you've ever wanted to join the military, this is about as good as it gets for an entry path. Finally, as the curriculum is very heavy on math and science, people wanting to go into technical fields are at an advantage. Oh, and anyone who doesn't want to pay for school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a website called the USAFA folklore wiki that has pages and pages of all the unusual stuff that occurs here. There simply isn't enough room on this form to even begin.

    Bang for the buck

    Considering that you get paid to come here and tuition is free and you have few other expenses, and that you have more opportunities than a typical college student could dream of (such as getting your basic parachuting wings in two weeks and soloing an airplane), financial value is literally divided by zero.

    What to do for fun

    The weekends usually coincide with an exodus from the Academy to Colorado Springs, which is but a couple miles away from the Cadet Area. The Springs has all the amenities of a mid-size city, and is a great place to enjoy oneself. Skiing and outdoorsy stuff is also abundant in the area. For those times when you can't get away from the hill (there will be plenty of that), there are a variety of inane things that cadets do to pass the time that simply have to be experienced. They are fun, although you wouldn't think so if I described them here.

    Food and Dining

    It may come as no surprise that the dining facility, Mitchell Hall (also known as Mitch's or Billy's), tasked with feeding over 4000 cadets, three times a day, may not be able to produce the most gourmet fare out there. However, there is plenty of food to eat, and it's always free. If Mitch's doesn't suit your fancy, you can always get a pizza or some Chinese food delivered.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life varies considerably depending on several factors, first and foremost being whether or not you are a fourth classman (freshman), in which case dorm life is not pleasant whatsoever. After Recognition (something you'll learn plenty about here), however, life improves markedly. All the facilities are generally good, and there's a good amount of space to neatly store those things that you are allowed to have.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics here are not for the faint of heart. In addition to the military training that occurs cadets usually take six or more classes a semester. Furthermore, since almost everybody here was strong, academically, in high school, instructors grade classes extremely hard. The average GPA for each graduating class dips more than a point from high school to the Academy. However, despite the difficulty, all the instructors here are here specifically to teach and develop cadets, and are available virtually any time. No instructor has research of their own to worry about, and since the majority of instructors are active duty officers, you can learn much more than school material from them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take hard classes in high school: the admissions panel would rather see a person apply with a 3.0 who took exclusively AP classes than a person with a 4.0 who took exclusively easy classes. Stay in good physical shape, and excel in a small number of extracurricular activities rather than be simply involved in a great many. Community service is also good to have. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the application process is long and arduous; many fewer people will not make it in on the first try than those who don't. Keep applying if you don't make it. That will show that you really are serious about attending the Academy.

    In three sentences

    At USAFA, you will be given opportunities that no other college student will ever have, all the while defending the United States. However, you will be pushed far beyond your limits. Come only if you truly want to be here.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 11 of 17

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    We don't have fun here.

    Food and Dining

    It has it's moments.

    Dorm Life

    Life is awful.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very difficult

    Tips for prospective students

    If you think you will be able to handle it, it is a great opportunity.

    In three sentences

    It is a very tough school, but worth the blood, sweat and tears.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None at the Preparatory School

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do on base if you like the outdoors. We did a lot of grilling and BBQ. You can find plenty to do in the Colorado Springs area.

    Dorm Life

    It's ok nothing special but it's also what u make it. Get to know everyone and don't be anti-social.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes start off easy but they do get challenging so stay focused and study hard

    Tips for prospective students

    -Make sure your head is in it -Try to turn every experience into a positive one -Take everyday one day at a time it gets better -Participate in everything

    In three sentences

    I attend the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School. It's honestly not for everybody but it's a great opportunity. Wonderful experience and the classes are great.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very secure campus, no access allowed without government issued ID and all personell on campus are required to display their badge.

    Clubs and Activities

    you will never be bored, there are clubs or groups for just about everything, and if they dont have your activity, you can start your own group

    Food and Dining

    You eat at the dining hall for the most part, and the food is about average, but there is a pretty good selection after you get out of basic training.

    Dorm Life

    You get assigned your squadrons and rooms and roommates, and thats where you stay unless there is a major issue, so you really dont have the choice of a civilian college, but you form cloe and lasting relationships with your squadron mates which helpd you through the tough times.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are very similar to high school life, just at a college level, which means twice the homework, but its not like you're the only one with classes all day every day so its ok.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT slack off on staying in shape, and team sports really really help.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have our own military security force here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everything. Skiing to computer gaming to rock climbing to combat shooting, there is no lack of options.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is free, you have a gauranteed job after graduation, and you learn so much about yourself here.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of clubs, Intercollegiate Sports, Intramurals, and random get-togethers to choose from. If you are bored, you are TRYING to be bored.

    Food and Dining

    With every cafeteria, there are good meals, there are bad meals. Luckily we have a Godfather's Pizza, Burger King and a Subway on campus to help combat those days with bad meals.

    Dorm Life

    For Freshman dorm life is so-so, but as the years progress it gets better and better!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are really challenging, but the professors are more than willing to spend extra time with you to make sure you understand, and there is a tutoring center open all week that you can visit to get help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before you get here, make sure you are in good athletic shape. Make sure you are ready for the huge commitment as well, deciding to attend this school isn't a decision you should take lightly.

    In three sentences

    It's a challenge, but there is a reward for every challenge you face. It's not meant to be easy, it is meant to help you grow. Here, you discover that you can do so much more than you thought you could.

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    As a breeding ground for future military leaders, USAFA would make a significant target for any enemies seeking to cripple the United States. That said military police and civilian security contractors ensure security is not breached.

    Bang for the buck

    There is no tuition or room and board. However, it takes serious work to be accepted, and even more serious work to stay in and succeed. You pay in sweat and lack of sleep, rather than dollars. However, not only do you receive a small monthly pay while a cadet, you have excellent medical benefits as well as a guaranteed job upon graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Like most modern colleges, there are tons of clubs and teams to join. Since the Academy is located in Colorado, the most popular club is the Ski Club. A relatively small membership fee provides buses most weekends during the winter to ski resorts, as well as a discount on ski passes and select equipment. The bustling city of Colorado Springs is located just south of the Academy, and full of activities to do. From the classics of restaurants and movie theaters to less traditional parks for mountain biking, there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The meals at the main dining facility aren't spectacular, but do have good variety, as well as many healthy options. Cadets with special dietary needs are also provided for. There are also several other dining facilities across the campus, including a coffee shop, two Subways and a pizza place.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life as a freshman here is tough. There is a lot of military training that apply only to freshman that make almost everything you do harder than it has to be. However, once freshman year is over many of the rules are lifted. It is still much more strict than most colleges as USAFA is training future military officers, but it is a solid life.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics alone aren't too difficult. When combined with all the other duties you have to do it becomes tough. There is also a very high level of required core classes, making sophomore year academics challenging in that there are a good number of classes you probably have little to no interest in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get used to working on less sleep than you'd like, improve your speed at everything (without sacrificing quality), be prepared to deal with high levels of stress coming from multiple sources (military duties, academics, athletic duties, social obligations, etc.)

    In three sentences

    High quality staff and facilities, as well as extracurricular opportunities. The staff are very willing to work with cadets to help them succeed, sometimes staying, or returning to work, at late hours. Emphasis on academics ensure ample time free of military duties to study every night.

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 16 of 17

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    What do folks do for fun during breaks?

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 17

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None