Middle School Student
It’s never too early to start preparing for the United States Air Force Academy, because the earlier you start, the better your potential to be accepted. There are four factors we look for in a future cadet: academics, athletics, leadership and character.
Potential Isn’t Promised, It’s Earned
Starting early and being prepared are your best shots for earning an appointment to the Academy. So how can you prepare for a future at
Get the best grades you can in all subjects—especially English, math and science.
Join a sports team. If your school does not have an after-school sports program, you can usually find one at your local community park or recreation center.
Become a Leader
Join a scouting program like Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts or Civil Air Patrol. Or join another local or school club and take on leadership positions like club president or secretary.
Consider activities that help others. Get involved with church groups or other organizations that help members of your community.
If you are about to enter high school, you can register for our Future Falcons Program.Future Falcons
Experience the Birthplace of Leaders
How does it feel to trace the footsteps of some of our nation’s most revered leaders? Come see the United States Air Force Academy for yourself and find out.
If You Have Questions, Get Answers
Our outreach programs can help you determine whether the U.S. Air Force Academy is right for you, as well as help you make your application as complete and competitive as possible.
How Can You Learn More
The majority of our events are held in the fall and spring, with fewer events in the summer months. To learn more about the U.S. Air Force Academy, check for an event that may be convenient to you.