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About the Academy

About the Academy

Among the numerous colleges and universities nationwide, the U.S. Air Force Academy experience stands alone. Within a single immersive course of instruction, cadets receive an accredited Bachelor of Science degree, undergo an intensive program of physical education, develop enduring leadership capabilities and receive extensive military training.


From computer engineering to philosophy, Academy graduates must be prepared to assume 21st century professional and leadership roles, both within and outside the Air Force. The Academy offers a balanced curriculum of 27 majors and three minors, comprised of more than 500 courses in basic sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences. Cadets complete a core curriculum of 97 semester hours in all four academic areas, as well as five hours of physical education and 45 hours of major-specific courses.


The Academy’s athletic program develops leadership, teamwork, self-confidence and physical courage. All cadets are athletes and participate in intramural or intercollegiate athletic programs in addition to the required physical education curriculum, which offers 23 courses in combatives, aquatics, lifetime sports and developmental subject areas.


The Profession of Arms requires officers to have the highest ethical and moral standards. Cadets are challenged to reflect upon their beliefs and values from the moment they arrive at the Academy through a variety of programs and activities facilitated through the cadet wing and the Center for Character & Leadership Development. Cadets also abide by the cadet honor code, pledging: “We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.”


The Academy’s military training program is what really sets it apart from other colleges and universities. This program exists to provide today’s cadets with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s Air Force.

These four primary areas are stressed:

  • Professional military studies.
  • Theoretical and applied leadership experiences.
  • Aviation science.
  • Airmanship programs and military training.

Whether on or off duty, this course of instruction is intended to prepare young men and women to go forward with distinction as they serve our nation overseas and at home.

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