Last Updated on May 7, 2022
Are you interested in attending the Air Force Academy Summer Seminar? If so, this post is for you! We cover everything you need to know about the application process. We will cover important dates, how to apply, and what to expect if you are accepted into the program. So whether you are a current high school student or a parent of one, read on for all the information you need.
What is Air Force Academy summer seminar?
The Air Force Academy Summer Seminar is a four-day program that gives rising high school seniors a taste of what it’s like to be a cadet at the Air Force Academy. It is held every summer at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Students who attend the seminar will experience many of the same things that actual Air Force Academy cadets do. This includes attending classes, participating in sports and other extracurricular activities, and living in the dorms.
When is summer seminar?
The Air Force Academy Summer Seminar program runs during June. The exact dates vary from year to year, so be sure to check back for updates.
For 2022, there are two sessions:
- Session 1 – 6-9 June, 2022 (virtual)
- Session 2 – 13-17 June, 2022 (in-person)
Why should you apply to summer seminar?
For high school students who are considering attending the Air Force Academy, summer seminar is the perfect way to get a feel for what life is like at the Academy. USAFA summer seminar gives students the opportunity to experience the rigorous academic and military training that Air Force cadets go through on a daily basis. We highly recommend summer seminar for students who have little to no military exposure so that they can get a better understanding of what they are signing up for.
In addition to attending classes and getting a taste of military life, students will also have the chance to meet with Air Force officers and learn more about the admissions process. If you’re thinking about applying to the Air Force Academy, summer seminar is a great way to get started.
What to expect
During Air Force Academy Summer Seminar, you will be assigned to an “element” or group, with an upper-class cadet as your Element Leader. Your Element Leader will be with you almost 24 hours a day as your mentor and guide.
Along with your element, you will:
- Live in cadet dormitories and eat at the cadet dining facility.
- Explore academic facilities and research labs.
- Participate in a variety of workshops, including some to assist with your application.
What you submit on the application
- Full legal name
- Mailing address/home phone/email address
- High school and junior class size
- Social Security number
- Current high school GPA of 3.0 or above
- Grades for English and math
- English (ninth grade–first semester of 11th grade) and math (algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, physics, chemistry)
- One or more test scores: PSAT, PreACT, ACT or SAT
If you’re admitted into summer seminar, this has no impact on whether or not you’ll receive an appointment to attend the Air Force Academy. The Air Force Academy summer seminar program is much smaller than both the Naval Academy and West Point summer programs. If you don’t get accepted, don’t get discouraged about your chances of receiving an appointment.
We recommend that you also apply to the summer programs at either of the other Service Academies so you can get a taste of Service Academy life, in case you aren’t admitted into USAFA summer seminar.
Summer Seminar Cost
The cost varies from year to year, but generally is around $300 plus travel expenses. You will also be asked to submit a deposit to reserve your spot in the program.
When does the USAFA summer seminar application open?
The Air Force Academy Summer Seminar application for the class of 2028 opens on December 1st and closes on January 15th, 2023. There is no advantage to submitting your summer seminar application earlier in the application window. Make sure your application is complete before submitting it.
The application is closed for 2022 (the class of 2027).
To apply, you will need to create an account on the Air Force Academy website. Once you have created an account, you will be able to access the online application.
When will I find out if I’ve been accepted into the Air Force Academy summer seminar?
Once you have submitted your application, you’ll find out if you were selected by visiting the application portal during the first week of April. You should also receive an email. Make sure you fill out all the paperwork on time, otherwise USAFA will give your slot to someone else.
Forms are typically due within a week of finding out if you were selected or not.
How many students are accepted?
Only about 300 students are accepted to each summer seminar session. For 2022, this means only 300 students were selected to attend in-person (compared to 1,000-2,000 for West Point and Annapolis each!) We can’t stress enough the importance of still pursuing an appointment even if you weren’t selected for summer seminar.
What if I’m waitlisted?
Many students are waitlisted. Waitlisted students can find out as late as 2 weeks before session start dates that they’ve been accepted.
If you are accepted, congratulations! You will then need to verify medical information and provide your insurance information.
Be sure to check out the Summer Seminar FAQ to learn more.
You can also learn more about the Air Force Academy application process with our guide on getting into the Air Force Academy.