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If you or your students have questions or want more information about the United States 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.

Outreach Events
Learn more about the United States Air Force Academy!  We have representatives at multiple outreach events throughout the year. Click here to find upcoming events in your area.

KEY Dates:

  • Deadline for submitting the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire online is December 31.
  • Congressional representatives and other nominating entities submit nominations to the Academy between December 1 and January 31.
  • Applications for our Summer Seminar program are open from December 1 through January 15.  This program gives high school juniors a chance to see what life at the United States Air Force Academy is really like.  Limited spaces are available.

Rolling Deadlines: Applicants' specific deadlines to complete their file is posted on their portal. They must complete the required items by the deadline posted.

During a Student's Junior Year

Junior year is when the application process to the United States Air Force 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. 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.


Who Are We Looking For?

The United States Air Force Academy strives to create a highly qualified and truly diverse cadet wing at the Academy each year. In addition to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity and gender, we are looking to expand our applicant pool across individual characteristics defined by our diversity definition, including:

  • 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

We take a holistic view of our applicants.  They're more than a GPA or standardized test score.  We're looking for students who have a desire to serve and seek an education that is on par with highly selective colleges and universities.   For our top diversity candidates, we offer the Falcon Visitation Experience.  This opportunity gives prospective students an opportunity to spend three days on our campus to get a first-hand look at what United States Air Force Academy life is like.  If you have students who may be a good fit for this program, please have them talk to their admissions advisor

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 United States Air Force Academy environment. Escorted tours are conducted regularly throughout the academic year and 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.


Round out your college experience by participating in other campus activities as well. You can have the best of two worlds, civilian and military, and get a college experience unlike any other.

If you're interested in attending college while learning what it takes to become an Army Officer, ROTC may be right for you. In addition to teaching you valuable leadership skills, military training, and discipline, ROTC can also provide you with money for tuition and other expenses through scholarships.

Find colleges and universities that offer ROTC Scholarships click here.  Once you have a school in mind, contact that school's Military Science department for more information on their particular program. 

Illinois State University: You must apply to and be accepted by the university in order to receive the scholarship if offered! The application for the High School Scholarship is now available! There will be three scholarship boards throughout the senior year;October, January and March.  It is highly encouraged to have your packet submitted for the October board (deadline is October 7th) in order to give yourself three opportunities to compete for the scholarship. In the event an offer is not made at either the first or second board you can update your packet and compete at the next board. Applications must be created by JAN 10th 2017

Eligibility Requirements:

In order for a student to be considered for a scholarship, students must meet the requirements stated in Army Regulation (AR)145-1, Ch 3 and in this section.

  • Citizenship: scholarship applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals prior to contracting as a scholarship cadet. This is a statutory requirement. No waivers/exceptions are authorized. "U.S. nationals are persons born in American Samoa and Swain Island. Students who hold dual citizenship must be advised that when requested, they will be required to provide a statement to the OPM investigator, or the adjudicative authority, expressing their willingness to renounce dual citizenship. Failure to do so may result in denial of security clearance, which is a prerequisite for commissioning, and will result in disenrollment.
  • Age: Scholarship applicants must be at least 17 years of age within their first semester in which the scholarship is to begin benefits. Students cannot contract until they have reached their 17th birthday. Scholarship applicants must be under 31 years of age on 31 December of the year in which they are to be commissioned. The age limit is determined by law, therefore it is non waiverable.
  • Academic Status: Students must be enrolled full-time (minimum 12 undergraduate credit hours or 9 graduate credit hours) in order to apply for a scholarship.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): The required cumulative GPA (CGPA) for scholarship consideration is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Medical Qualification: Scholarship applicants must successfully pass a medical examination reviewed by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) or be granted a waiver. Reference for this is AR 40-501 Standards of Medical Fitness. DODMERB will accept the MEPs Physical in lieu of the medical exam if: Weight/body fat standards: Applicants with any prior service, active or reserve, must pass the height/weight /body fat % standards in accordance with (IAW) AR 600-9. Applicants with no prior service must pass the initial procurement weight and body fat % standards IAW AR 40-501.
    1. Already enlisted in the USAR or ARNG
    2. MEPs physical is less than two years old
    3. Will be a SMP Cadet after contracting with ROTC
  • Character: Scholarship applicants must not have moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent them from:Enrollment status: Students must be enrolled in Military Science course in order to be paid scholarship benefits.
    1. Supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
    2. Conscientiously bearing arms.
    3. Scholarship applicants must satisfactorily explain any record of civil conviction.

Other colleges/universities with ROTC programs in Illinois: