The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), one of the five federal service academies, offers an outstanding four-year program with an intensive undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. This program, coupled with military and leadership training, enables graduates to assume responsible roles as officers in the USAF or, in the case of international cadets, the comparable government service.
The Academy offers 32 relevant and rigorous academic programs from which to choose, which can be found at https://www.usafa.edu/academics/majors-minors/.
International cadets are subject to applicable USA regulations covering class attendance, discipline, medical, resignation, and graduation requirements. International cadets are not entitled to a commission in the USAF after graduation. The FSM Government must certify in writing that individuals, upon graduation, will serve in related government service. Admissions consideration is given to nominees with a government service commitment to their home country following graduation.
Nominations: Candidates must be formally sponsored by the FSM government through the U.S. Embassy Kolonia. The FSM Government should provide the U.S. Embassy Kolonia with a list of approved candidates. An endorsement letter from the FSM government agency is required for each candidate. No provisions exist for attendance of unsponsored students, even those willing to pay all expenses and fees.
Requirements: Candidates for the Class of 2025 are required to meet the following requirements:
Eligibility Requirements include:
- Unmarried with no dependents.
- Be at least 17 years of age and not past the 23rd birthday upon entry to USAFA, July 1, 2021.
- Must pass a Candidate Fitness Assessment. which consists of pull-ups, pushups, crunches, shuttle run, basketball throw, and mile run. Male candidates must be able to run a mile in less than 8 minutes and be able to do 5 pullups. Females must do the mile run in less than 9:15 and be able to do 1 pull-up or more than 15 seconds on the flex-arm hang.
- Must have a SAT test date not later than December 5, 2020 or ACT test date not later than October 10, 2020. USAFA does not cover the cost of standardized testing
- The link for the SAT is: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/international. Scores must be sent officially to USAFA. The SAT code for the Air Force Academy is 4830. The Admissions office will only accept the SAT reasoning test, not the SAT subject tests.
- The link for the ACT is: https://global.act.org/content/global/en/products-and-services/the-act-non-us.html. Scores must be sent officially to USAFA. The ACT code for the Academy is 0530
- SAT Math scores below 580 and Evidence Based Reading Writing (EBRW) scores below 480 are not competitive for International candidates.
- ACT Math and Science Reasoning scores below 25 and English/Reading scores below 18 are not competitive for International candidates.
- If both the ACT and SAT are taken, whichever test produces the higher scores is used. The highest scores from multiple testing dates are used, but SAT and ACT scores will not be combined. Have demonstrated proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is not currently required
- Be in good health and free of any communicable diseases.
- Must have good vision and be free of any major dental problems.
- Have an acceptable academic record which includes transcripts converted into English for grades 9 through 12.
- Meet high leadership, academic, physical, and medical standards.
- Must be of good moral character.
- Must be an FSM citizen. A copy of birth certificate and passport must be provided.
- Be committed to attending a military service academy.
Information on the International Program is also available on the USAFA website at: https://www.academyadmissions.com/prepare/international/.
Once above requirements have been met, the Defense Attaché or designee will interview the candidates prior to the submission of the application package to the USAFA point of contact. At the interview, candidates must present a certified high school transcript. The interviewer will evaluate the candidate’s high school performance, English skills, activities, evidence of physical fitness, and the candidate’s government sponsoring agency endorsement. Interviewers must provide detailed written comments regarding the candidates grasp of the English language and the applicants ability to handle the rigorous academic and physical requirements of a U.S. federal service academy.
Critical dates in the application process:
- October 10, 2020: Deadline to take ACT Test
- On or about November 5, 2020: Deadline to register for SAT (subject to change)
- December 5, 2020: Deadline to take SAT Test
- December 18, 2020: Nomination Form due to USAFA
- December 28, 2020: Request for full package from nominees
- February 28, 2021: Deadline for full package to USAFA
- Early April, 2021: International appointments made
- June – July, 2021: Travel to USAFA